On Jakarta, Corruption, and Compromise

To anticipate a series of seminars on Work and Identity that we are to organize in Jakarta, next year, I and a friend of mine came up with this paragraph as we reflected on why such a series would be needed here: Corruption mars the political scene of Indonesia for the past five decades; the little changes […]

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Reformed but not Presbyterian, or Presbyterian but not Confessional?

There are two options within the Reformed streams in Indonesia, it seems. The first upholds Reformed theology in the confessional sense – the Westminster Confessions are respected, the theology of Scripture loudly proclaimed, and the normed tradition of Reformed orthodoxy is endorsed. However, here the mindset is that this theology has to be implemented in […]

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Jakarta: Reformed and Loving – Oxymoron or Organicity?

Upon conversing with dozens and dozens of Jakartan Christians, the church situation here, at least on the level of perception, presents to us a stark choice between attending a church which values core biblical doctrines in the place of a warm community, on the one hand, and a church which values community without a biblical doctrinal […]

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Will there be a Third Pentecost in Jakarta?

A certain church (or movement) in Jakarta has been proliferating the idea that the third Pentecost will occur some time soon in the city. Apparently, they consider Ahok’s election unto his office as vice-governor of Jakarta as a signifier of the truth of this claim. The second Pentecost, apparently, happened over 100 years ago in […]

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