The book of Esther is famous for being the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. Where is God in Esther? Is He just working "behind the scenes", inferred and "providential", rather than explicit? And is the God of Esther the God of the gospel that we believe in as Christians? I … Continue reading Where is God in Esther?
Loving the Enemies We Make
It is an assumption we always make when we read bible passages about loving our enemies, turning the other cheek and blessing those who persecute us. We assume that we are always the victims. When we read such passages, we tend to see ourselves as the innocent target to the slap or the accusation or … Continue reading Loving the Enemies We Make
The Day Someone Shared the Gospel With Me
I don’t know where it came from, but it finally arrived. In fact, I think it has always been there, though I chose to ignore it. But it was there. And it was real. I am talking about something that exists in all of us, believer or not, born-again or not. It is the desire … Continue reading The Day Someone Shared the Gospel With Me
In The Grip of Grace
It was a Sunday morning, we were running late for church and she just appeared out of nowhere. My friend Paul, who was behind the wheel, saw her too late. She was already in the middle of the road. We had just completed overtaking a lorry, the car was now doing 100 KPH and she … Continue reading In The Grip of Grace
Now This is What I Call a Perfect Prayer
I first heard it from my dad more than a decade ago. I was still in primary school. My dad rammed this prayer into my head until it became a permanent part of my memory. No, my dad was not born again, and he was not teaching me this prayer because he wanted me to … Continue reading Now This is What I Call a Perfect Prayer
What Is Joseph Prince Doing on TBN?
Exactly. I thought I was the only one asking this question. Apparently, I am not. In the few times that I've listened to snippets of Joseph Prince's sermons, I've found it difficult to understand how he gets airtime on TBN. Yes, he admits that he is a Word of Faith preacher like the rest of … Continue reading What Is Joseph Prince Doing on TBN?
The Life of the Party
Jesus, the winemaker. I bet anyone who attended Sunday school knows what Jesus' first recorded miracle was. He turned water into wine. It is easy to miss the point in this passage. Many people have often used abused this account in Cana to make a case for drunkenness. Others have gone to great lengths to … Continue reading The Life of the Party
I Blame God For My Sins
I doubt that you missed the story. It was all over international news about 2 months ago. A young woman was traveling back home from the cinema when she was attacked by five men on a bus. The five men beat up her male companion and proceeded to brutally rape the woman, leaving her for … Continue reading I Blame God For My Sins
How To Change God’s Mind
You've probably come across those passages in the Bible where God changes His mind after a prophet intercedes for the Israelites. Maybe you've even been part of discussions about how to reconcile such passages with those other passages that explicitly say God does not repent, or change His mind. Two common solutions have been proposed. … Continue reading How To Change God’s Mind
Jesus Did Not Cast The First Stone
It is a familiar passage. One that almost every Christian has become well acquainted with. A woman caught in adultery is brought to Jesus, to serve as bait. The pharisees and the scribes wanted to see if Jesus is going to break the Law of Moses. He seems to have broken too many laws by … Continue reading Jesus Did Not Cast The First Stone
The Point of Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh”
I don't recall ever hearing a sermon or reading a commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 in which the speaker or writer did not pause to speculate on what Paul's thorn could have been. Somehow, the nature of this thorn seems important to us than it was to Paul, who chose not to reveal it. It … Continue reading The Point of Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh”
Dear Love, I Need You
Here I stand Lord, though I am weak and feeble, I claim to understand Lord, though I know am fallible, I want to see You clearly, though my flesh is bent on sin, permanently turned away, My heart's in ICU daily, though I claim to have a new heart, am always thirsty for Your way, … Continue reading Dear Love, I Need You
Moses Needs Jesus: On Law, Grace and Truth
You’ve probably never paid much attention to this difference, but I am persuaded that it is a notable one. Many bible teachers who have been accused of promoting moralism and social reform at the expense of the Gospel often tend to use many Old Testament examples to make their cases. On the other hand, those … Continue reading Moses Needs Jesus: On Law, Grace and Truth
Give Thanks… In Everything?
If you're like me, you probably find it easier to compartmentalize and categorize your Bible. But there's a reason why the Bible wasn't arranged in topics, but as one great narrative. One of the reasons why we like to compartmentalize the Bible is because life seems more manageable that way. Are you feeling lonely? "Do … Continue reading Give Thanks… In Everything?
I was a loser, drifting through this cursed planet, aimlessly weaving through broken promises. I was a proud star, scaling the heights of shattered commandments, tip-toeing across sharp pieces of broken trust. I was a loose cannon, a loud cymbal, a lost cause. Love was not a word in my life-tionary, even though it dominated … Continue reading Beautiful Mud