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hmmm… OVER-contextualization…
October 31, 2006, 11:07 pm
Filed under: Church, Culture, Emerging

If I haven’t really alluded to this, I for one, am quite FOR being relevant and to contextualize the gospel so that others will understand. But I also own a conservative edge in myself… in trying to keep myself grounded in scriptural and traditional doctrine and orthodoxy of the past christian forefathers so I can see the word of God in humility and with eyes of the past and present… (for hopefully the future)…

This is probably why I empathize with the messages of Tim Keller and Mark Driscoll a lot… but ya, anyways, the reason I just jotted these thoughts down was because I went to the T4G blog (The weblogs of the BIGGEST shot reformed leaders: Al Mohler Jr., Ligon Duncan III, C.J Mahaney, and Mark Dever) and read this tidbit of wisdom that Ligon quoted in his last blog:

 

 

“I do not think for a moment that the church should aspire to become irrelevant. There is always a need for Christians to speak the gospel into their own context. Rather, my concern is with the ever present danger of over-contextualizing. Consider what happens to a church that is always trying to appeal to an increasingly post-Christian culture. Almost inevitably, the church itself becomes post- Christian. This is what happened to the liberal church during the twentieth century, and it is what is happening to the evangelical church right now. As James Montgomery Boice has argued, evangelicals are accepting the world’s wisdom, embracing the world’s theology, adopting the world’s agenda, and employing the world’s methods. In theology a revision of evangelical doctrine is now underway that seeks to bring Christianity more in line with postmodern thought. The obvious difficulty is that in a post-Christian culture, a church that tries too hard to be relevant may in the process lose its very identity as the church. Rather than confronting the world the church gets co-opted by. It no longer stands a city on a hill, but sinks to the level of the surrounding culture.

– Philip Graham Ryken

(HT: T4G Blog)

The idea of becoming a city that sinks to its surrounding culture versus being a city on a hill, the salt and light… hmmm… something for me to chew on for a while 😉



Colbert Vs. Dawkins
October 24, 2006, 12:16 am
Filed under: Church, Life in general

Oh Colbert, the hilarious “defender of God”… lol



Think “Glocal” Missions
October 23, 2006, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Church, Emerging, Missions

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Tonight I went to Tyndale Uncovered: Reknon service (ran by Colin) and I got to hear Dave Roberts speak. He’s the Missions Mentor at Tyndale and I wanted to listen to his message “Short Term Missions is the Crack-Cocaine of this Generation”.

I’ve talk to more and more people about some of my criticisms about the chinese church and short term missions. I can only speak for chinese churches that I know, but after hearing tonight’s message I see the trend isn’t chinese culture only…

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Chino, Rest in the Promises of the Lord…
October 23, 2006, 1:23 am
Filed under: Church, Grief, Life in general, Relationships

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At my home church, TCBC, I just found out a sister in Christ has passed away. Chino was a woman in the congregation who I only knew as the “girl in choir” when I was younger. She met Jim and got married and had a daughter. I knew Jim a lot better than her but she attended the church longer.

I have to admit I have always struggled in the process of grieving and mourning. I want to rest in the promises of God but at times it is hard. There’s so many questions, so many unanswered questions…

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Worship Resolution
October 20, 2006, 3:22 pm
Filed under: Church, Emerging, Worship

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Just some random rantings about worship…

As much as I would like to improve worship in its physical changes, and organizational methodology, I have always known worship is about the heart.

I once ran a “praise night” of the old school back in the day called “Worship Resolution”. It was meant for worship as a means to keep our vows to worship God properly forever. I used the passage “How can I repay the lord for all his goodness to me?… I will fulfill my vows to the lord in the presence of all his people.” (Psalm 116:12, 14). I’ve realized more and more that this passage (while it is still a great passage from the Bible) was miused in my context. I did not use verse 13 because I didn’t understand it’s implication.

“I will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord” (v.13).

I missed that passage and I and I am so grateful that God has graciously shown me what I missed. I am more convicted than ever that our worship needs to always be in rememberance of Jesus. We need to remember to call on the name of the Lord.

Furthermore…

As much as I am very much for the improvement and the excellence of our worship services in execution and musical training, I think that is a distant second from the main goal of worship: The Glorifying of God. At my church, I admit I am very much interested in this newer term “mutli-sensory” worship, but I am also quite concerned with our understanding of worship in this day and age.

On one hand, in my parents generation, there was a huge need to uphold tradition and denominational loyalty. Our methods of “doing church” was to uphold what we have “always done” and even though we did what was biblical, our “passing down” of this knowledge to the next generation has been sketchy at best. I think more and more, this next generation needs a new kind of teaching of worship. Not one that is based on a kind of classroom lecture. Not one that is based on tradition for the sake of keeping to cultural norms… but one that is more closely aligned to what Jesus modeled for us. How Jesus taught us to worship God.

I’ve been sharing to many people as of late that I feel the church needs to be an area of “counter-culture” and to re-think its methodology in engaging the congregation.

We need to teach that church is not the building, not the weekend service. Church is wherever the disciples of Jesus gather. We need to teach that Christ is the not just a “catch phrase” for a better life, but THE sustenance of it. I can tell you right now, if people are not yearning to Love God and Love our neighbors as oneself…

Questions NEED to be asked.

All I can do, and want to do at the moment is share what God is putting in my heart, speak the truth in love, walk with those who God is giving me opportunity to, help people use their gifts of music for the Lord to be their most excellent, pray pray pray.

Lord, give me a purpose that is beyond my own wanting, and help me share with others the mission that you have called us to in faith, love and hope.



2nd Sunday!
October 9, 2006, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Church, Life in general

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So it was my second sunday at RHCCC and I was asked to help this week’s worship team by Randy, the Celebration deacon. I’m not too sure if I “helped”, hehe, but I definitely learned some of the technical issues of the sanctuary. Some things will need to be checked and fixed so that the teams can operate properly. I’m finding talking with the audio people is going to require a lot of clarity and diplomacy. I think as worship leaders we tend to just sort of come across as “yelling” at our sound team but we should instead cherish them and treat them like PART of the worship team serving God and His people. I hope I can find a good timing to introduce some of the things I have been thinking about for the worship ministry soon. I think I will be patient and wait for God’s timing, not my own. Working with anybody new, Christian or non, it always takes sensitivity and relationship development. God help me, He will show me the right time 😉

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First Day
October 4, 2006, 3:43 am
Filed under: Church, Life in general, Worship

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After going to a FKBC (First Korean Baptist Church of Louisville) for close to  year in Kentucky, it’s interesting how, after coming back home for a brief reprise at TCBC, I am now currently working Part-Time as the Worship Co-ordinator at RHCCC (Richmond Hill Chinese Community Church).

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