“…lest we offend them…”

New Living Translation “However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” Young’s Literal Translation “but, that we may…

Jesus, privilege, racism and sexism

It occurs to me that Jesus lived in a societal system not unlike today’s “modern” societal system because during his time in Israel, he was living in a monetary-based economic system that was dominated by racist and patriarchal mindsets. For example, the rich and powerful enjoyed class or economic privilege, the Jews had more privilege…

Remembering our heroes and heroines

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote that “The main thing we need to remember is that the past and the future are both in the present, and if we take hold of the present moment, then we also transform the past and the future.” Yes, I am coming to realise that when we take care of the…

Original Black Jesus

   “A thinking mind is a busy and curious mind. And when you think of people’s need for images of God/Creator in physical recognizable human form what is that all about? I mean a picture of Jesus, or any religious deity is doing what exactly? And you realize how the human mind works in trying…

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…

Reclaiming liberation theology (Part 1)

In our last post, we explore the deconstruction of the pro-slavery theology. In this post, we will examine the liberation theology. Both are the antithesis to each other.  At this point, one may wonder how is it that the Bible can be used to justify slavery on one hand and condemn slavery on the other…

Jesus was a victim of police brutality 

John 18:12 (Weymouth New Testament) “So the battalion and their tribune and the Jewish police closed in, and took Jesus and bound Him.” If the story of how Jesus was unlawfully arrested in the garden of Gethsemane in the first century AD were to be reported in the news today, the news headline would probably…

In Memory of Myles Munroe

Video commentary Where was God in the tragic death of one of his choice servants? This is a tender and volatile time in the Charismatic and Pentecostal religious world, as people ponder the wisdom, ethics or perhaps just the diplomacy of a perceived “personal” God, who makes personal decisions about who goes or stays, when…

When is the “last days”?

The following is my response to a Facebook post about a so-called rapture in the last days. From my understanding, 2 Peter was written to the first century church and the “last days” refers to the last days of the old covenant when Jerusalem would be destroyed by the Roman army in AD70. Jesus spoke…