Tonight, it would have been great heading out to the city for some Christmas shopping. But since Joseph was displaying symptoms of a faint flu, Chui and I decided to spend the evening at home and have the kids rest early. Furthermore, we had taken leave from work and were able to appreciate some enjoyable time with friends in the afternoon and as posted in Chui’s facebook status “she had finally taken out her BIG cooking pot after 9 years and felt so good using it like a reunion with her best friend”. Just a few days ago, we were also able to meet up with another non-church friend of whom we had a relational commitment of staying in touch with each other’s journey of life.Continue reading “What’s your Christmas agenda?”
Our local church conducts the Holy Communion every first Sunday of each month. During the preparatory moments of this Christian sacrament, these words, “If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please do not partake of the Holy Communion”, are always flashed on the screen. Some people would assume these words are meant as a warning for those who have not uttered the sinner’s prayer such that if they “eateth and drinketh unworthily, [they] eateth and drinketh damnation”.
But we all know that Paul’s warning was for the Christians in Corinth. So, it is Christians that must be warned of this possible “damnation”. While our local church continues to adhere to the essentiality of one’s commitment to Christ for one to partake of the sacraments, we have ceased in screening the “damnation” slide during Communion time.Continue reading ““damnation””
Was Jesus a celebrity in his time on earth? Although his primary relational focus was on the 12 disciples, he had the attention and following of the masses. The opportunity to start a megachurch was definitely there. However, Jesus did not need to employ illusionism for he was the miracle-worker, Jesus did not need to reinvent grace for he was the embodiment of it, and Jesus did not need to introduce “the church for people who don’t like church” for he challenged the institution of the Sabbath. In terms of being well known, Jesus definitely fit the bill for Matthew 4:24 tells us “so his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan”. Jesus had indeed achieved celebrity status.Continue reading “The Celebrity Church: Part 2”