Keep hearing the word of grace and remain in peace and health

Here’s sharing my takeaway lesson from yesterday’s sermon at New Creation Church. I learnt from the message that the more we hear the gospel of grace, the more we flourish in peace and health because our body’s immune system responds intuitively to our belief that we are righteous and blameless and beloved. I interpret the…

Notes on “the counter narrative” and “decolonising education”

In the RobCast Episode 141 “The Thing in the Air – Part 3 The Counter Narrative“, Rob Bell shares with us about the importance of the counter narrative that challenges the dominant story used by the empire to oppress and conquer others through military violence. It is a counter narrative that is coherent and subversive…

The irony of megachurch pastors

The original context of Noam Chomsky’s quote was regarding the government and big corporations in Canada who wanted to proceed with fossil fuel developments at the expense of the environment and the indigenous people are the ones taking the lead in combating climate change. But the same can be said of megachurch pastors, who rank…

Reclaiming liberation theology (Part 2)

In Part 1 of the blog post, we have seen a summary of the liberation theology of Jesus, in his proclamation of the good news of grace in Luke 4:18-19. We have also seen that examples of oppression include the slavery and its aftermath in the American South. After the abolition of slavery, the oppression…

The Gospel of Depression (A Paradox) | Epicurus on Happiness

I found today’s devotional by Henri Nouwen timely as it relates to my recent pondering about the need to be in touch with human emotions, such as sorrow, in order to find comfort and liberation in the midst of brokenness. Jesus Mourns Jesus, the Blessed One, mourns. Jesus mourns when his friend Lazarus dies (see…

Christ Not Christianity

I revised the poetry from the YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus,” taking it a step further in order to separate the idea of “Christ” from “Christ-ianity.” There is the person and spirit of “Christ” and then there is the man-contrived doctrine and theology “-ianity” that came after Christ. Not differentiating between…

Only a Suffering God Can Save Us

Here’s sharing this article by Slavoj Zizek. I noted he has explored three different concepts of God that have been proposed by theologians to reconcile the existence of God with the fact of Shoah or similar excessive evil: sovereign God, finite God and suffering God. Of the three, the suffering God would seem to me…

Reflections on the gospel: Questions for evangelicals

The following are some questions for followers of traditional or conservative evangelical Christianity. How would we account for our interpretation of Jesus’ words in the Bible? For example, if we say Jesus’ words about “cutting off our hand and throwing it away rather than to have the whole body burn in hell” are metaphorical, then…

“Where in the world is God?”

People are looking in the wrong places. God is the still small voice within. God is the voice of compassion, the light of love, the expression of kindness, the seeking of peace, the humility in one’s soul. God is found at the edge of suffering, in the presence of purpose, in the loss of fear,…