Liberation theology and prophetic imaginations

I applaud Walter Brueggemann’s incisive speech about Jesus’ mission to usher in an alternative world that disrupts the status quo of the totalitarian empire, with reference to prophetic imaginations in the ancient world of the Bible and in the contemporary world. It is interesting to learn that Solomon’s regime demonstrated totalism in which the government…

Christianity didn’t originate from the West, and neither is Jesus White

Western Christianity as we know today is actually a perverted version of the original Christianity. The original Christianity has got nothing to do with white colonialism or oppression. It has been said that the original Jews were Black, and the earliest people originated from Ethiopia. Christianity is a direct offshoot of Judaism which dates to…

Jesus died for our debt, not our “sins” – Michael Hudson

This article sheds light on Jesus’ mission to free people from political-economic slavery and bring economic empowerment to those who are oppressed by the capitalistic system, as highlighted in the Lord’s prayer and Luke 4 on the Jubilee. I find it helpful to understand the crucifixion of Jesus in terms of his punishment for his…

Christmas – A liberation theology story

If Jesus were born in our modern society today, where would he be born in? I venture to say that he would be born in the basement carpark of a rundown hotel in a repressive regime. Why a basement carpark? Well, we don’t have stables in cities nowadays, but we have carparks. After all, back…

“Conquering the fear of death” by Andre Rabe

It is refreshing to know how, through his own death, Jesus has transformed our relationship with death from fear to gratitude for the gift of life and of the present moment. Like Andre Rabe shared in the video, the authors of the Bible intended their stories not to be historical accounts but rather to explore…

Grace and Karma

What is grace and what is karma? How does grace supercede karma? Additional resources: Grace triumphs over karma, just as mercy triumphs over judgment Grace (unconditional love) and karma (conditional love) John 9:1-12New International Version (NIV) Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind 9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2…

“…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…