Articles in christianity

  1. O-Week Cold Turkey at Uni

    So yesterday afternoon I tweeted:

    Did a day of 'cold turkey' on the main walkway of UNSW. Really exhausted now but had some good conversations.

    Got a reply from Big Al a few minutes later:

    @scottyang cold turkey.. ?

    So... What exactly does cold turkey mean, especially in my context?

    I cannot remember where the term "cold turkey" was from, but I guess it would be familiar with the gangs at Unichurch or Campus Bible Study at UNSW -- especially if you have done some SOCM courses (oops, way too many jargons already). It basically means doing street evangelism with complete strangers -- and in my context, on the main university walkway during O-week. Another phrase for it -- "library lawning" although as an engineering student back in my days, library has never been my territory :)

    O-week 2009 for UNSW kicked start yesterday so I took a day off from work to get on campus to do pamphleting and chatting with whoever is interested to come to Christian church on campus. I had a few good conversations and I think one guy from China where I talked to near CLB might actually understand the gospel for the 1st time!

    Another thing I have realised -- I am probably getting too old to do this. Body is still aching...

  2. No, I tell you...

    Luke 13:1-5 from English Standard Bible:

    1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

    Dominic Steele used these verses in today's talk at City Bible Forum in response to the Victorian bush fire, and they made great rebuke to pastor Danny Nalliah who dreamed the Victorian bush fire was caused by the abortion bill.

  3. Christmas for the Epic Fail

    From SMH: Messages of faith, focus and failure, At St Andrew's Cathedral the Anglican Archbishop, Peter Jensen, told the assembled crowd they were a bunch of failures: "But that's the message of Christmas - the arrival of Jesus to save us from those failures." In a very personal sermon, Dr Jensen …
  4. Why Love Comes to Town

    At the City Bible Forum today, Ray Galea gave a talk from the kingly Psalm, Psalm 2, where the enemies of God plotted opposition against God's annointed king. Ray quoted a song from U2, When Love Comes to Town. I was there when they crucified my LordI held the …
  5. The Truth Shall Set You Free

    I was watching Bourne Identity on DVD with Vivian this evening, and in the bonus feature section they interviewed someone who's actually a veteran at CIA. In the interview he said that the marble walls of the lobby of the CIA Headquarters are actually inscribed with a passage from the …
  6. Remember Nothing, Forgive Everything

    A nice illustration that Ian Powell used today at the City Bible Forum. It is taken from the slogan of Matt Damon's latest block buster, The Bourne Ultimatum -- "Remember Everything, Forgive Nothing". Ian made a comparison with God. Unlike Jason Bourne, through the propitiation of Jesus Christ on the cross …
  7. Saturday Morning with a Jehovah's Witness

    Saturday morning. Almost lunch time. Doing some vacuum cleaning. Two people knocked on the door -- a Caucasian guy and an Asian lady. They had Watch Tower on their hands. Oh my. As I was busy changing Elsie's nappy, Vivian went and opened the door, told them that we are …
  8. Mary, Poor Mary

    The content of this post actually came up around 2 weeks ago at the dining table with Vivian... First we have the Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, where Jesus married to Mary Magdalene the "Holy Grail", had kids before he was crucified on the cross, and Jesus' descendants moved …
  9. 新譯本的眾裡尋它

    感謝環球聖經公會的Jack弟兄從新加坡寄給了我一份他們出版的『眾裡尋它-如何選擇聖經中譯本』 。 I requested that booklet in late December, and it finally appeared in our mailbox last week, although I later found the online version on their website as well. The title of the booklet suggests that it is about how to choose the right Chinese Bible …
  10. ESV Blog Responding Being Dugg

    ESV Blog responded their experience of getting dugg in the weekend. Quite an insightful post on Christian blogs, as well as blogs written by Christians. Even if you don't consider your blog a ministry, it serves as one. And, as we found out, you never know when one of your …
  11. Christmas is all about Materialism

    Went to City Bible Forum yesterday, and Malcolm Williams from FEVA gave a talk with an excellent title: "Why Materialism Is One of The Best Things about Christmas". I love the title because it gets in your face and is controversial -- Christians have been preaching for ages that Christmas is …
  12. Death, on-line and off-line

    I was listening to net@nite episode 2 with Amber MacArthur and Leo Laporte on my way to work last week. They were discussing a new service, MyFinalParty.com, a website that helps you to plan "not only your funeral but also everything else". Then a website called MyDeadSpace.com …
  13. Christians' Humility and Law Imposition

    As Amanda has blogged about John Dickson's talk at the City Bible Forum this week, on the servant hood of Christ, I think I should also share what I have learnt. The talk was around the incomprehensible act of Jesus in Philippians 2:5-11. While he was in the …
  14. Philippians 2:9-11 and Divinity of Jesus

    I really enjoyed talks in City Bible Forum, and over the past 3 weeks, John Dickson has been giving talks from his book "A Spectator's Guide to Jesus". I've always managed to learn something from those talks, and yesterday from the talk about the divinity of Jesus (i.e. is …
  15. Peter Brock, Steve Irwin and Jesus Christ

    Two famous Aussie died last week, and one controversial Israelite died almost 2,000 years ago. I did not expect to put those three names under one sentence, but somehow Joshua managed to used them as illustrations to conclude his talk this morning on John 6. If I remembered correctly …
  16. Christian, Linux and Microsoft

    Dan Warne of APC talked about Ubuntu Christian Edition in a sort-of mocking way. I actually took a look at this Ubuntu Christian Edition (UBE) thingy, and it is nothing more than one bash script (convert_me) that installs both GnomeSword + a few modules (an open-source Bible study software) and DansGuardian …
  17. Dick, Jane and Ecclesiastes

    We watched Fun with Dick and Jane (FDJ) on DVD on Tuesday. Haven't had an opportunity to watch a DVD for a while, and I actually felt quite privileged to be able to just relax and joy the show. FDJ is indeed enjoyable -- what do you expect when you have …
  18. Are Christian schools Christian?

    Via Neil A, Michael Jensen opened an discussion about Christian schools in Australia, where he asked "If Christian schools were really Christian, would anyone (other than Christians) want to send their kids there?" Good to think through before we send our kids to school in a few years. However, personal …
  19. Rick Warren on "Money"

    Rick Warren addressing at the Hillsong Conference last night, reported on Sydney Morning Herald: "I don't think it is a sin to be rich, it's a sin to die rich," he (Rick Warren) told the Herald earlier. "I want people to make as much money as they can as long …