Laymanointing

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

Where two gather in my name, I am there with them – in prison

Zhang RongLiang: 1976, Xihua, Henan Province, China One day I got word that Feng Jianguo, known as “Uncle Feng,” was going to be transferred to Xihua camp.  I was overjoyed … Continue reading

January 20, 2017

What’s ministry, serving God? Ministering Word or serving tables? Feeling weary, tired?

While reading Acts 6, found something interesting, that will hopefully clarify What’s ministry about? Is ministry, serving God, … ‘spiritual‘ stuff only? What did Jesus do, while He was on … Continue reading

January 7, 2017

Your pastor, … is he a good preacher?

Paul Borthwick: On a visit to Beijing, China, we went to church with a friend who teaches English and four of her university students.  These four young men were all … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 diversity – Native, Indigenous, Aborigine Cultures

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

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

Deeper knowledge, Greater anointing, More faith. Abounding love

What’s the purpose or fruit of greater knowledge & understanding, greater faith & anointing? Sometime ago, had two interesting experiences which caused me to pause and think. (…. moments of … Continue reading

April 30, 2016

Building bridges of agreement in church ministry, & leadership transition

Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, Its been a joy serving the Lord with you. There is much to thank the Lord for what He has done in our midst … Continue reading

December 29, 2015

Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers … what’s the purpose of these ministries?

Some weeks back, was traveling, and felt the Lord drop a very simple definition of each of these ministry gifts, … a simple layman definition. A Prophet informs or directs … Continue reading

September 20, 2015

Together we stand … undivided

1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: 17I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to … Continue reading

August 5, 2015

I need you to survive

Recently had dinner with a dear friend who recently came to know the Lord.  Inspired by his new found faith, he found other believers in his office.  However, …. most of … Continue reading

March 15, 2015

Pastor … friend?

After the recent post on friendship (click here), was curious about …  pastors/leaders and friendship, … did a quick google search on “pastor friend“. here’s two articles in the first … Continue reading

February 27, 2015

5 C of developing Friendships & Fellowship in church

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, Glad you are having a regular time with the Lord, and experiencing His gracious hand upon your life, and your family and work. As you get to … Continue reading

December 28, 2014

Why some come late for church?

At a recent sumptous meal,  some were expressing their disappointment and frustration at folks who were not punctual for church on Sunday.   While the discussion went on and on, … as … Continue reading

December 28, 2014

Busy at church? What’s essential, important? Prayer & discipling disciples

Sometime ago, had coffee with an elder from a church I was previously at.   Attendance was waning slightly, and he was wondering if there were areas for improvement. After … Continue reading

December 27, 2014

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

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

How to serve in church … without hurting others and ourselves

Dear bro Guang 光弟兄, We had a quite an unexpected lively lunch discussion, after last Sunday’s sharing, where the group leader strongly shared about serving the church, and being committed … Continue reading

June 27, 2014

Extraordinary Disciple Multiplication

I’m amazed by the extraordinary numbers that Pastor Ying Kai and Grace have discipled and multiplied by the grace of God.  The power of God through just one couple who sows … Continue reading

June 18, 2014

Blessed are the poor in spirit …

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

Church in the snow

  I cannot but feel moved viewing these scenes from a 2009 ChinaAid report of members of 守望教会, Shouwang house church meeting on a frozen snowy November Sunday morning  for … Continue reading

June 15, 2014

Which Church ? What is Church about ?

Was with a Chinese brother from an underground China house church recently, he said ….. only when he came out of the country to study, did he realise there were so many different … Continue reading

June 15, 2014

What if we …. ?

focus on discipling   …..   a well-said video Discipling | Church

June 11, 2014

Declining churches … Dying churches … why?

In some communities, there’s a presence of declining or dying churches, in relatvely prosperous countries, without the threat of persecution. Travelling around, seeing church buildings and land sold, …  re-purposed as … Continue reading

June 10, 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

Follow up a new believer

My heart was beating faster, as I whispered a quick prayer and popped the question, “Would you like to receive Jesus today ?” “… Yes”, he said. I could almost hear … Continue reading

May 21, 2014

This church or That church ?

Dear bro Bao 寶弟兄, Its great to see you regularly coming to church and home group, and getting to know new friends, that’s wonderful 🙂  Happy for you. Heard that … Continue reading

May 18, 2014

Church

Here’s some thoughts on this activity we do on Sundays 🙂 This Church or That Church ? Which Church ? Christianese Guide | Stepping Stones

May 11, 2014

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