I have been thinking about getting a new domain name for this blog. Years ago, I lost a previous domain name for NewEpistles but didn’t have time to blog anyway. Now, I’ve been thinking it still might be good to have a dedicated one that is free from WordPress’ secondary free domain. I’m debating whether to switch. I really don’t blog much but I’ve have had more time to blog more than usual while I’ve been vacationing here in Taiwan these several weeks (but returning today).
History pointed to a leader born to fulfill a purpose. Winston Churchill was someone who was seen as controversial, openly direct and honest. He went down in history as one of the greatest politicians and statesmen in British history. He surprised many Brits during the Second World War by giving his opinion that Britain must stand up against Hitler and Nazi Germany. This “ruffled many feathers.” The huge majority of British Parliamentarians did not feel comfortable bucking the trend and remained silent by not stirring the pot. However, Churchill was one man who refused to remain quiet. He openly and directly confronted British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Parliament and urged other nations in the western world to stand up and confront the dangers of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. If Britain did not, these dangers would come back to haunt the nation. Churchill was right. Hitler would eventually bomb London, England. Churchill would eventually be elected the Prime Minister to take Britain into the Second World War and defeat Hitler. It was a hard path but he was the man who rose to power at the right time and place to change the history of Europe forever.
Like Churchill, there is the possibility that President-elect Donald Trump might be a leader fit for a special purpose to lead the U.S. in this time of need. The economy seems headed into a collision course; and radical Islam, ISIS and jihadism has as their goal the establishment of a caliphate. Do you think Trump might be pre-ordained for a time and place today to be a leader of the United States of America for a special reason and season? I do think he has the great potential to be a voice of realism and tilt a balance of power in a direction the nation needs to take.
Recently I’ve had more time for some recreation. I love mountain biking, and biking up to a quiet place to be alone and enjoy God’s nature. This is recreation–something that God made for us. Some Christians might guilty about having too much fun but when we look at “recreation” from a biblical point-of-view, it simply means “rest”. Yes, recreation means renewal or rest. We also need to take time for our bodies, soul, and spirit to just rest and play, as opposed to, only work. God gave us the Sabbath for rest (Genesis 2:2.) Rest is also connected to our spiritual renewal (Hebrews 4:1-11). God knows that human beings need rest–so no more need to feel guilty about recreation but let’s remember that God also wants to be a part of our recreation. We can follow God’s gift of rest by enjoying our lives in what God has given to us.
Hey people, here’s a good thought on human righteousness which prompted me to think more on whether it should always be devolved to “filthy rags” as Paul put it. It’s well-balanced. Have a read on Gospel Relevance (David Qaoud) “Why Your Deeds Are Not Like Filthy Rags.”
Another thought-provoking blog I’ve also come across is by J.S. Park. I like his approach on how he handles the issue of people with same-sex attraction in the church.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve been blogging and posting on the New Epistles blog. Just caught up in all the work of ministry, but I will be back.
Anyway, here’s something I found something to share with you on the blogosphere. Asbo Jesus hasn’t been doing new stuff lately but I like his art and sense of humor.
How much to we Christians actually pray about a certain issue before we commit to a conclusion within the church? Arguments, including bickering and complaining rears it head. When this involves moral issues, our emotions can get driven very high. When negative and disgraceful reactions to another’s actions are witnessed, and our behavior doesn’t resemble an authentic witness of Christ’s church, we run and hide our head in shame.
The book: In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Nouwen is an absolutely wonderful short book. It’s packed with powerful nuggets truths and confounds conventional worldly wisdom. Nouwen encourages that Christians form a discipline of contemplative prayer, saying:
“Christian leaders have to learn to listen again and again to the voice of love and to find there the wisdom and courage to address whatever issue presents itself to them. Dealing with burning issues without being rooted in…
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Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Hallelujah!
Easter has just come and gone. Thank God that Easter is not as commercialized as Christmas. It’s no wonder I try to avoid the malls at Christmastime. Easter is still the last remaining Christian holiday that has not been overtaken by crass commercialism. Perhaps business marketing strategies have not yet thought up some ingenius ways to make a ton of money out of Easter? (btw, I have nothing against business. God bless our businesses).
Life: Now that Easter has just passed, I wish things in my life could just slow down a little;however, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down much. I haven’t done much serious blogging in a long time but I hate making excuses. If it’s not work, then it’s my class work in seminary that’s taking up much of my time away from blogging and keeping up with what’s going on in the biblical/theological world in the blogosphere.
When will this really become reality? In this life or the next?
This is why I love cartoons by ASBO Jesus.