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Something new [Kainos]…
May 9, 2007, 6:17 pm
Filed under: Church, Emerging, Kainos, Life in general, Prayer, Relationships, Worship

So after a long blog hiatus, I’ve some some stuff to share…

I’ve officially changed my position at RHCCC from part-time Worship Director to Full-Time Summer Intern (College/Worship).  I’ve taken up the task to help guide and direct the college/young adult group at Richmond Hill Chinese Community Church.

As the fellowship formerly known as “Kainos Fellowship”, I’ve changed the name slightly to its current identity, the”Kainos Gathering”.  The meaning of “Kainos” (Greek word) means “New” and it is quite fitting that this ministry is restarting NEW at this church.  I’ve tried to give the group a little facelift cosmetically with the help of the WONDERFUL Deborah Lau 😉  She helped design a pretty spiffy logo and schedule layout for the group!

Anyways, it is my sincere hope that this group may very well know the faith, hope and love that we share in Jesus.  I also hope this summer can help them be bold enough to make friends with people who aren’t christian and yet still grow in their faith (and hopefully sharing it).  Simple enough, but to help stimulate this growing process, we’ll be praying a lot and waiting on the Spirit to move us 😉

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Here’s another [Kainos] new thing…

I just talked to my good friend Vince Fung.  He’s someone who’s worked hard for his degree, who has tried hard to follow God, yet is still going through some of the hardest times in life.   THE GRADUATED.

My prayer for Him, and for my other friends in similar situations (and boy do I have many) is that God can somehow turn their bitterness, their confusion and their S.A.D. stories… into something more beautiful than they could imagine.  Nothing ever turns out all dandy and “happily ever after…” as we see it.  I just know that God is Jehovah-Jireh, the great provider.  I believe THAT over all the “reality” that people say is more realistic than Christian “tunnelvision”.  I hope none of them can ever say aloud that the only way they could “succeed” was through their own means.  I just pray so earnestly that God will do… something?…

Lord God, change their hearts, transform their minds, not so other people (like me) can just fix their solutions with words, but so that they may know why you made them in this life…

In Jesus name, Amen.

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A rare post…
December 21, 2006, 1:59 am
Filed under: Church, Emerging

just posting this link to Dan Kimball’s blog (Author of Emerging Church and Emerging Worship) on the emerging church because I think it is important to consider his thoughts in this specific post about wild claims about the EC.  I do want to visit these churches as well to see what they do instead of just reading other people’s thoughts without seeing/hearing/knowing that they actually ENGAGED those churches.

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Dan Kimball -Vintage Faith

btw,  have a paper due 2morrow so I was just posting this quick blog, this isn’t the “substantial” post I was writing about!  Peace!



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 😉



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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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.



TK – Deconstructing Defeater Beliefs
September 16, 2006, 5:31 pm
Filed under: Church, Emerging

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Tim Keller’s a pastor and theologian that I really respect and resonate with, not just because of his communication skills, but also for his biblical insights and passion to engage people in their culture and thoughts and whatnot in New York city where he’s become sort of a Leading Church Planter and teacher/guru in the area.

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me? Calvinist?
August 5, 2006, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Emerging, Life in general

Uncle Simon linked a quiz on his site that asked “which theologian are you?”, Here are my results:

You scored as John Calvin. Much of what is now called Calvinism had more to do with his followers than Calvin himself, and so you may or may not be committed to TULIP, though God’s sovereignty is all important.

John Calvin
73%
Anselm
60%
J?Moltmann
47%
Jonathan Edwards
40%
Augustine
33%
Karl Barth
33%
Martin Luther
33%
Friedrich Schleiermacher
27%
Charles Finney
27%
Paul Tillich
20%

Which theologian are you?
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Although I don’t think I’m quite a “Calvinist” in adhering to TULIP, I do agree, God’s sovereignty is important to me…  I think SBTS and Driscoll has rubbed off a lot on me… Still I wish I was more like Luther…  *sigh*

haha!