Laymanointing

…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Paul reasons why God exists & what’s God’s character like (Romans 1 & 2)

How did Paul reasoned to people without knowledge of Jewish history (i.e. Gentiles) that God exists, … and what’s God’s character like? Or as our children may ask us, … … Continue reading

May 21, 2017

Cross culture keys, sharing gospel with people of other religions – Paul in Athens

While reading Acts 17, … of Paul sharing the gospel with the Greeks in Athens, found some interesting points on how Paul shared the light of the gospel to other cultures … Continue reading

November 15, 2016

Cross culture, sharing gospel: Jesus & the Samaritan woman at the well

How did Jesus bridge across culture, religious belief, race, gender in an environment of racial tension & animosity?  How did Jesus embrace people with an immoral, sinful past, and lead them … Continue reading

November 1, 2016

Worship Jesus in ethnic diversity – Native, Indigenous Cultures & People

After coming to know Jesus, … how should we view our own culture that we grew up in? What’s some principles we can use to navigate in a cross-cultural setting? … Continue reading

October 20, 2016

Speaking the universal Agape language … the Word of God

Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors, was one of the first Western Christians to minister to believers behind the Iron Curtain. In Romania in the 1950s on one of his trips … Continue reading

October 11, 2016

The language of Love … builds bridges

Daphne Jacobs in Kashmir, India: One afternoon Betsy, a new worker in our team, asked my husband, “Anything special at the clinic this morning, Steve?” “Well, yes. The old Balti … Continue reading

October 1, 2016

How Social media, Cultural views & Values influence Bible reading & Bible group study

In this post we’ll explore ** how views & interpretations are influenced, .. and sometimes swayed and virally propagated, .. particularly in a social media world of continuous, immediate information … Continue reading

September 10, 2016

A simple, easy way to share the gospel of Jesus with family & friends

How to  share the gospel, the good news of Jesus? How to introduce others to Jesus? How much training is required? Do we need a lot of Bible knowledge before … Continue reading

June 30, 2016

The disciples’ greatest argument, rivalry .. hushed by Jesus humility

There were 3 occasions when the 12 disciples had an argument in the gospels. On all 3 occasions, the issue was the same: Amongst them … “Who is the greatest?” … Continue reading

June 5, 2016

How to read & interpret the Bible confidently, …& enjoy reading God’s word daily

Reading and understanding God’s word each day can become more enriching and rewarding if we follow some simple steps and principles. At home, some folks don’t cook because they don’t … Continue reading

February 15, 2016

Jesus teaching method & message … inspiring, life changing, real

Did Jesus write a book ? Was the 4 gospels just an anthology of recorded sermons given in a lecture? Let’s look at Jesus, the master teacher. What method did … Continue reading

December 15, 2015

Teach & lead Bible study group: effective disciple making, how to?

In any single week in a year, tens of thousands of people attend bible study groups, in a quest to understand the Bible better … spawning a vast library of … Continue reading

June 20, 2015

Amazing Grace .. amazing disgrace. Living & believing – Grace or Law?

From disgrace to His Grace ! Was reading Luke 18 about the parable of two men who offered prayer — a Pharisee & a tax collector. This parable succinctly summarises … Continue reading

April 23, 2015

UnHeroic Christianity

Having grown up in the East, and spent some time living in the West, … there seems to be a difference in Christian attitude towards opposition, persecution and shifts in … Continue reading

April 3, 2015

Understanding Christianity in America

Step into any english Christian bookstore, and we’ll find that the vast majority of books and media are from America.  Similarly on the Internet & digital channels …. email newsletters, … Continue reading

March 2, 2015

Missions Attitude … humility, respect, … friends, family

After making a missions trip overseas or serving locally … have we made a new friend, … with warm memories and sharings … and we are looking forward to meet them again … Continue reading

November 5, 2014

Submission, Authority and Abuse

As a layman, now and then, I meet sincere brethren who have honest questions/doubts on church leadership behavior, submission/authority issues, or suffer some form of spiritual abuse from church leaders. Some … Continue reading

October 27, 2014

Love is Kind, .. loving God, .. loving our neighbor in deed

Don Stephens: An ophthalmologist from Texas, a Jewish Christian proud of his heritage, has volunteered on our ships several times.  On this trip, his very first patient was a blind … Continue reading

October 15, 2014

Ministry – loving & serving each person with Christ’s love, no matter who they are

What’s it like serving others who may be quite different from us? Floyd McClung: I don’t normally like to lead people on tours of the Red Light District, but this … Continue reading

July 20, 2014

Challenges of Chinese migrant churches in the West

Sometime ago, stumbled into some unusual challenges in an inter-generational migrant chinese congregation, and was trying to make sense of what was happening.  The church consists of  Cantonese, Mandarin and … Continue reading

July 15, 2014

Migrants, overseas students, etc – missions, outreach ministry stories, possibilities

In Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, in the city were Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia Pamphylia, Egypt and … Continue reading

June 22, 2014

Blessed are the poor in spirit … an example

Reading this moving and humbling story, I can’t help but be reminded by Jesus’ opening statement in the sermon on the mount. Matthew 5:3 (NIV) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, … Continue reading

June 17, 2014

Forgiveness – a Chinese perspective

Ephesians 4:15, 32  (NIV) 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. … Continue reading

June 14, 2014

India – Orality: Storytelling the gospel to oral learners & cultures

Just came across a new word this week – Orality — communicating the gospel to non-western, non-literate communities through Bible stories and narratives. Even today, a significant portion of the non-western … Continue reading

June 9, 2014

Traditional Hymns or Contemporary Worship Music? What’s the essence of worship?

Veteran gospel songwriter Gloria Gaither addresses this sensitive topic in a balanced, honest and mature manner, drawing from her rich experience.  She also challenges songwriters to refine their craft. Gloria … Continue reading

May 29, 2014

Revival in China

When China closed its doors to foreign missionaries in 1949, there were about 700,000 protestant christians.  Through extreme persecution, suffering, hardship and martyrdom, the flame of the church in China … Continue reading

May 26, 2014

God’s stories, testimonies from around the World

Just bought up a copy of Christ Our Reconciler, The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization 2010. There are a number of very uplifting, moving and inspiring testimonies from around the … Continue reading

May 23, 2014

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