Jakarta’s the Gathering: Colossians 1:15-20

The Gathering started as a few friends wanted to get together to raise theological awareness throughout the city of Jakarta. To that end we have been moving around through various venues around the city: before we began the study in the book of Romans, we went through Ephesians 2:1-10 in Menteng; our study in Romans […]

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Living Stones – Elected for Service, Chosen for …?

Intro: In light of the recent intense persecution of Christians in different parts of the world (such as in Iraq and Syria … and beyond), we are reminded not only to pray for our brothers and sisters, but also to show our solidarity and support them in anyway we can. This short devotional is written for […]

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Reception to Rampage? Reflection on Luke 4:15-30

After Jesus was baptized in the river of Jordan and started to preach the good news of the coming of the kingdom of God, he visited his hometown. He was received by God his Father. He was welcomed in Galilee. So we’d expect that he would be welcomed in his hometown. After all, the name […]

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God’s Injustice?

Note: This is my sermon manuscript adopted as an article. Introduction When I think of the deepest stories of pain in my life and in the world, the prayers I approach God with end up being confrontational. Why? Because during these times, I question God’s sense of justice. Here are some ways I’ve expressed it: “How […]

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Unconditional Election

Main Point: The Father chose us to be His children because He loves us,so that we will fall in love with Him. Points Glory to the Father in the Timing of His Love Glory to the Father in the Justification of His love Glory to the Father in the Goal for His love Introduction At […]

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The Good Shepherd – Thoughts on Psalm 23:1-3

Psalm 23:1-3 A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. Being a Texan could be bitter-sweet. People say that everything is big in Texas. That’s good! Yet “once upon a time” an […]

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