“Vocation.” A strange word, it is. In what we might call the secular circles, this word might merely refer to a strong feeling that one belongs, because of one’s qualification or interest, to a particular occupation. In the Christian circles, however, this word becomes a tad more theologically loaded. When I decided to attend theological … More Why I’ve Decided to Return to the “Secular” World
Predestination. A topic of immense popularity among Christian circles. This topic has been studied, debated for or against, supported by some, and ridiculed by many. I am not here trying to argue for predestination, nor to trample it. Please don’t get me wrong. As someone who has grown up in a Reformed Church and is … More Predestination: Why do We Battle Over It?
This is not an essay. This is not a well-researched article. This is only a random thought of a clueless man. As a student of the Bible, I’ve been spending several years reading and learning about Christian apologetics. Only recently have I observed that people in my circle (mostly Asian) rarely find the relevance of … More Apologetics: Relevant in Non-Western Cultures?
Most Bible readers have heard of the story of the Tower of Babel. But, what is the significance of this story in the Bible? Is it just another story with no significant meaning? Or does it actually have a fitting place in Genesis? Let us examine it then! Picture: The painting Tower of Babel by … More Tower of Babel: Adam’s Legacy, the World’s Failure, God’s Act of Redemption
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about patriotism, nationalism, identity, ethnicity, and so forth. Today I came to a point where my sister asked me, “If Indonesia were involved in a war, would you fight for it?” and I didn’t really know what to reply. It made me really think. I love my country, but … More Shepherd of Indonesia: Where art Thou?
A couple of weeks ago I asked one of my lecturers at Ridley College, Michael Bird, to guide me in my (long and difficult) quest to become a Bible lecturer. He did not say much. He basically just said that it’s a noble profession but we always had to have the right motivation of doing it. … More Motivation Revisited
In the article below I will be laying out what, I think, is a biblical (short version) theology of ministry, drawing out information from both the Old and New Testament; arguing that a true ministry is always initiated and empowered by God, and it is always done for God. At the end of this article … More A Short Theology of Ministry