The Long and Lonely Road

It is just 3 days to the new year but about a month and a half ago, my friend Ramesh had gone ahead to ask over dinner, “How has 2012 been for you”? I told him the year has carried much purpose and meaning with the genesis of a community in Tokyo and the establishing of a home for abandoned children in Johannesburg. These emerging journeys had not begun without a missional vision, pleading prayers, painful disappointments, unceasing hard work, generous giving, miraculous interventions and overwhelming gratitude. These experiences are not my alone but of those who have congregationally or communally, participated with us.

However, on a more personal note, loneliness had surfaced its ugly head more often in 2012 and seemed to dwarf all the challenges of this concluding year. While we are not socially lonely, Chui and I do feel the loneliness that comes from leading. Gratefully, we have discovered an antidote to such feelings, and it is the realization that loneliness is inescapable for leaders. Our South African friends, Ryan and Gerda, had popped the question to us, “Do you feel lonely?” They inquired because they identified with us, sharing stories from their own leadership journey. They related that for progression, at times a leader has to travel alone.Continue reading “Road”

The Older Sibling: Part 2

The big sentiment that is popularly held among Christians is the New Testament (though not of it’s choice) championing over its older sibling because of its generous supply of God’s grace and the lack of it in the Old Testament. While I do not view the New Testament as superior to its predecessor, I do experience difficulty in capturing the grace of God in the Old Testament, as it is often not explicitly mention in the English language. However, in our devotional journey with the Torah, my fellow colleagues and I have seen God’s grace generously splattered across the five books, proving that the above sentiment is nothing more than a fallacy.Continue reading “The Older Sibling: Part 2”

The Older Sibling: Part 1

The Old Testament has always been the least favored of the two testaments. Christians, preachers and churches behaved like parents showing outright favoritism to a child and justifying their actions by citing the child’s supremacy over his or her sibling, when they champion the New Testament and neglect the “older sibling”. As such, the Torah being part of the old also suffers from this neglect. However, my colleagues and I, who began our devotional journey with the Torah more than a year ago and are now halfway through Deuteronomy, have sieved from our learning that the features that the New Testament boasts of are not uniquely exclusive but can also be found in the Old Testament as exemplified by the Torah.Continue reading “The Older Sibling: Part 1”