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Archive for March, 2008

I Don’t Believe in Atheists

Here is an article worth reading…It is sure to annoy both Atheists and Christian fundamentalists…

http://www.salon.com/books/int/2008/03/13/chris_hedges/

I especially like this passage:

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LIFE in KOREA – The FOOD (I)

Click on this for picture: DALK-GALBI in Yong-in City

One question (which always makes me smile) that I get once in a while from my friends in the west sounds like this: “What do you guys eat there?” Ha – that is a good question, and the short answer is: basically the same thing that I ate in the States. Considering the South Korea is a very advanced (and Seoul is a fairly cosmopolitan city) country and there is a COSTCO (= with a METRO in Romania) five minutes from work, I can basically eat anything I want. It is true that Feta cheese is much more expansive and hard to find, and that western food is in general more expensive that in the west, but it is possible to find.

All these being said, I must say that we also eat KOREAN food. YES – Korean food is spicier than Romanian food, but there are many dishes that we enjoy. A favorite dish (for both of us) is Dalk-Galbi. Here is another picture:

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SERMON of the WEEK – A NEW NAME THAT NO ONE KNOWS…

As I was reading an excellent sermon by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. – a thought crossed my mind: why don’t you start a rubric titled “Sermon of the Week”?

I think this is a good thought – so here I am posting the first sermon of the week.  It is an excellent sermon that is well worth your time (it is less than 5 pages).  Let me know if you found this useful, and if you have any sermons that you recommend.

The sermon can be found (in PDF) here:

http://www.calvin.edu/library/database/crcpi/fulltext/ctj/CTJ06Ap/124807.pdf

Cornelius Plantinga is the President of Calvin Theological Seminary and the sermon is about conquest and defeat.  In a culture full of idolatry and lust – Christians are called to conquer.  For everyone who conquers gets a new name (Revelation 2:17).

May the Lord Jesus Christ give us His grace to conquer.  AMEN.

Pastor Chris


MISSIONS in a POSTMODERN WORLD

To most of you (my readers) – it seems that I  have been gone for a while from the blogging scene.  This is only partially true.  I have been gone from my site, but I blogged on other sites.  I have spent some time on John Hobbins’ site on ancient Hebrew poetry (http://ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com).   It is a great site for those interested in Hebrew and related issues  (It turns out that John studied with some of my professors from U of T).  The website is on my blogroll under “Hebrew Poetry.”

 However, most of my blogging time has been spent…on Richard Dawkins’ website….YES, you read correctly, on Dawkins’ site.

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Ang again ‘EXPELLED”

A few weeks ago I wrote a brief post about the upcoming documentary of Ben Stein: “Expelled”. Today I ran into an interesting blog which discusses the participation of Dawkins to a screening of this movie. The blog also has some useful links to more info about “Expelled.” It is interesting (though not surprising) that the blog got many hateful and obscene comments (which were wisely not approved by the host: Jeffrey Overstreet). See the post here:

http://lookingcloser.wordpress.com/2008/03/20/richard-dawkins-crashes-the-party-at-a-screening-of-expelled/

It seems from the debate that some of the scientists interviewed were misled about the purpose of the movie etc. This is certainly wrong and unfortunate. However – I am wondering if the answers that they give in the interviews would have changed (or would have had to change) if the purpose of the movie is different? I think that the purpose of a movie should be irrelevant to the answers that I give to a question – as long as the question and answer are placed in the right context and are not misinterpreted. Isn’t that true?

P.S. For a response where “Ruloff explains how interviews were obtained with top Darwinists including Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers, and dispels claims that trickery and deception were used” – see

http://www.idthefuture.com/2007/08/nothing_up_his_sleeve_executiv.html


A Church in Saudi Arabia?

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I have been praying for a long time for Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world.  I usually pray that the light of the glory of Christ would shine even there in the darkness and bring joy and healing.  However – many times I feel that my prayers lack fervor and faith.  I pray for Muslims and Islam, but do I really believe that a change is possible?

Do I really believe that a day will come when the glory of Christ will shine in freedom over these countries?  Of course I believe; but my faith is weak.

 Today I read an article (see below) that seems to bring a flicker of hope to the Muslim world, more specifically – to Saudi Arabia.  There is news that the Catholics (at least) may be allowed to build a church in the future in Saudi Arabia.

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The ESSENCE of JUDAISM

Since I am teaching a class on Rabbinic Hebrew – I will be posting some short notes about Judaism and related matters.  These will be duplicated on my Rabbinics blog.

Two thousand years ago, when a non-Jew asked Hillel, the leading Rabbi of his age, to define Judaism’s essence, the sage could have responded with a long oration on Jewish thought and law, and an insistence that it would be blasphemous to reduce so profound a system to a brief essence.  Indeed, his contemporary, Shammai, furiously drove away a questioner with a builder’s rod.  Hillel, however, responded to the man’s challenge: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: this is the whole Torah.  The rest is commentary; now go and study” – a model statement that has defined Judaism’s essence ever since. 

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin – Jewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers (1994), xix-xx.

Note Jesus’ response to the scribe in Mark 12:28-31:

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which is the most important of all?”

Jesus answered, The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”


GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

This is the information that I promised on Sunday.  I hope that most of you will be able to make it.  Feel free to fast on this day as suggested by Pastor Steve, and following the tradition of the Church.

A special Good Friday service sponsored by AIM (Association of International Ministries) will take place on Friday (March 21st) at 7:00 PM.  The main speaker will be Chaplain James King, and the service will be held at Onnuri Church – Seobinggo Campus and the contact number is 793-5916.

More detailed information (including the map) can be found here (click on the link below):

Information About Good Friday Service

It would be great if most of you could join us and many other English speaking believers from the Seoul area.  Plan to read the Passion sections in one of the Gospels and spend this week in meditation and prayer. 

We also hope to see you on Sunday to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection.

 Blessings and grace,

Pastor Chris


FOCUS in Prayer – The Return

 How many of us and how many times we have lost our concentration during prayer, both at church and in our homes?  The following (humorous) lines are intended to help us focus – and prepare better for this important spiritual discipline.  Enjoy and learn.  I did.

One day in the synagogue, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev seemed to be observing a group of his Hasidim as they prayed. When they were finished, he approached them with a hearty greeting, “Shalom aleichem!”

They looked startled to hear their rabbi pronounce the greeting traditionally given after returning from a long journey. “But Rabbi,” they said, “we have not been anywhere!”

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Some New Websites for Learning Hebrew

Today I found a new site that I believe is very helpful for people who would like to learn Biblical Hebrew. The whole course is online and is in video format. It is very visual, and it seems to me that it is a fine site for anyone who does not have the time, money, or other resources to learn Hebrew.

http://www.freechurchseminary.org/Grammar%20Videos.html

The course is taught by Dr. David P. Muray (Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology) and is based on “Biblical Hebrew” by Kittel, Hoffer and Wright.

They have additional courses online (all are free). Personally – I am planning to take a look at Preaching Christ from the Old Testament – a subject that is very dear to my heart.

P.S. I was also informed by Boaz Binnun that the following website offers Hebrew lessons, but I am not sure yet if it is for free (?):  http://www.classicalhebrew.com

SHALOM,

Chris