To blog or not to blog

It’s been a struggle to start writing on this blog again for the past month. Part of the reason is simply practical; I have presentations to prepare, reviews to write, and a chapter to finish – so my mind is pre-occupied with academic matters. If I write, the post will inevitably be one about Herman […]

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Calling and Sufficiency

I was having coffee with a good friend a few days ago as we thought about how best we can work together in the Jakartan context. He asked me in a wise manner: what do you feel most passionate about? What are you good at and in what role do you see yourself most comfortable in? […]

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Chinese-Indonesian Racism

In every culture there are significant blind spots – accepted cultural norms that are actually contrary to Scriptural teaching but are so embedded in our daily lives that we cannot see them. In the context of the Chinese-Indonesian Church, for example, sins of a more external character often get the bulk of the attention from […]

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Tobacco, Tattoos, and the Chinese Church: Dr. Alex Tseng

This is a guest post by Alex (Shao Kai) Tseng (PhD, Oxford), a professor of systematic theology at China Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of numerous articles and an upcoming book on Karl Barth. You can view a research profile of Dr. Tseng here. ————————————————————————–   Recently I posted two photos on social media, […]

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The Importance of a Liturgy

The following is a guest post from Rev. James Long, Pastor of Providence Fellowship, Jakarta.    “As concerns tobacco, there are many superstitions. And the chiefest is this–that there is a STANDARD governing the matter, whereas there is nothing of the kind. Each man’s own preference is the only standard for him, the only one […]

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On Alienation and Cotton-Candy Theology

Now that its almost Christmas, a series of deadlines have passed, and one could finally find the time to write a post again. Upon first becoming a Christian I found myself attracted to the seeker-sensitive model of worship. More specifically, the model prescribes that whatever was found on a sunday morning in church should be […]

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Restlessness, Missing Out, and the Sovereignty of God

If you spend a lot of time with me, you’d probably soon realize that I have a tendency to become restless. That is, I get anxious quite easily. Even though in a few occasions such restlessness is justifiable, I think I know myself enough to know that this restlessness does not come, at least for […]

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What is Preaching Anyway?

When I receive criticism, a wise friend tells me to try to discern at least two things: does this criticism reflect the critic’s attempt to be biblically faithful (and thus to be heeded) or does it simply expose the critic’s faulty views? An example comes to mind – not too long ago I preached a […]

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Mark Driscoll and the Precedent for Polity

If you have been paying attention at all to the evangelical world in the past 24 hours or so you will probably know that the board of directors for the Acts 29 church planting network has removed Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill, the church he pastors, from their network. You can read the statement made […]

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