A Break from Blogging

Time passes without me being aware of it. It’s definitely been an interesting 2 months since my change in career. Many of the changes are still setting in. All I can say is that the luxury of blogging as much as did before (check out the huge history list from the end of 2002 in the old archives) is not one that I have.

It has been an encouraging time for ML and myself. And I am sure it will be so till we breath our very last.

What have I been up to besides work?

On Phones

My new o2 XDA Stealth is worth the RM600 I paid for. The downside is surely the Operating System (OS) itself. They should spruce up the graphics and interface. And if anything is learnt from the new Iphone 3G craze, it’s this: INTERFACE DESIGN matters. Every single time. Having a cool feature is cool on paper (and in the mind of geeks), but having it translated to actual usage by the consumer and user is a whole other thing. Japanese phones in Japan are stocked with technology that the west would go red in their face for, but you know what? They are not gaining headway into the rest of the world, because of UI (User Interface) sloppiness.

Anyway, I have noted that typing on the virtual keypad/keyboard is not easy as it sounds. And screen size makes a huge difference on the usability of the virtual keyboard. I am currently using Touch Pal and Resco’s Keyboard design. The later is much spacier, and makes it more natural for me to type. But still, I suppose there are solid reasons why some people will always prefer the Palm Treos and Blackberries that are still in the market.

On Dispensationalism

It’s interesting when articles like this one comes. The Ninety-Five Theses Against Dispensationalism. The new book by Sam Waldron called “MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response” is also one that has been long in awaiting. A short sypnosis of why the book was written reads: At the 2007 Shepherds’ Conference, Pastor John MacArthur delivered a controversial message entitled, “Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist.”  In this book, Dr. Sam Waldron addresses the assertions of MacArthur historically, exegetically and theologically. Although his arguments are rigorous, the entire tenor of the book is level-headed and irenic. This “friendly response” grants modern day Amillennialists the opportunity to thoughtfully engage their Dispensational brethren.

On God’s Word

The centrality of the Word has been made much by Evangelicals due to the past half century headway by the Charismatic/Pentecostal Movements. However, there is a tendency to go to the other extreme and the result is just as bad (if not worse) than what they are trying to battle. Going through the book of Judges and the gospel of Luke, I have observed the stark contrast resulting from such extremes. The former outlines the effect of not having the Word govern the hearts of God’s people. But it is also definite that the latter is no better, even though they bind the people (socially) to the Word of God through force. What we are seeing is a movement where the Word is merely a ‘word’, and no better. The Word is in effect, when it troubles the comforted and comfort the troubled.

On the Gospel

It is true: not every person who goes on the pulpit is a preacher (although in our society, we associate the two too closely). Most are teachers, but few are preachers like Jesus, Peter and Paul. That distinction is really saddening when you consider the implications of not having a preacher in a locality. How can anyone hear AND understand AND respond if there are no preachers of the word? A teacher edifies, but the Spirit unctions a person to preach God’s Word and make it applicable to the depths of a person’s soul. If only it was so easy…

On Leisure

Too much is spent on the worldly things till we forget the spiritual rest that God gives every Lord’s Day. Immersing one into God’s Being and Will is a delightful activity for the young, old and elderly. Unless we do so, it makes our verbal recognition of the priority of the soul in a person moot.

On Time

It is useless to pile huge amounts of books and stocking them, if we are never ever going to read them or immerse in them. It is a waste of money. I will not be buying anymore books until I have read at least a few more. Until then, all the ones I will buy are for presents. Nothing more.

On Humility

Essential component which is the key of the Beatitudes. Christ-like, Christ-given, Sovereign Grace will only produce humility in useless, unbefitting human beings. Strive for it.

On Games

Tennis is on, every Monday and Thursday. Sweating so much that the whole shirt and shorts are soaking wet! Play while the muscles and strength is still there, for tomorrow… we just don’t know how fast time flies.

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4 thoughts on “A Break from Blogging

  1. Your “On God’s Word” section was a bit hard to understand.. would you mind elaborating?

    Nevermind if you have no time.. 🙂

  2. LT: Basically, evangelicals can be too cold to God’s Word, to the extent where it is merely intellectualism. Although it is necessary to be Word centred (due to the problems which the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements brought about, which were mainly characterised by a lack of reference to biblical authority), the opposite can be a real danger when it is not checked. God’s Word needs to grip believers and bite them, because it is the revelation of a Living God. The Puritans’ life were marked with a good balance of this. 🙂 Hope this clarifies my ramblings 😛

  3. Ah, that makes sense. I’ve certainly seen both sides too. Do you think a charismatic church can be rooted in God’s Word and have a high view of biblical authority?

    I’m in ramble mode too, too tired 🙂

  4. Hey…. hmmmm…. I have to be careful with my words now 😛 Let’s see….

    There are two possible approaches in answering your question, and it depends on the definition of a “charismatic church”.

    If it is the normal charismatic church that are pentecostal in practice and belief system, then Macarthur’s message would capture what I think – http://reasonablechristian.blogspot.com/2007/05/john-macarthur-on-pentecostalcharismati.html

    However, I believe that the “charismatic church” you’re referring to is this one right? http://adrianwarnock.com/2005/11/what-is-reformed-charismatic.htm

    Let me just put it simple and clearly. If you need me to clarify, I’ll do that:

    Reformed Charismatic seek to retain the best trait of pentecostal movements in the worship component of church life (as I understand it from the above link). It is here that they defer from the general Reformed churches (emphasis on ‘general’).

    I believe that it is not possible to merely say that worship is an ‘open’ area that is unaffected by the theological system which a church subscribes. The theological system has to permeate church life in its totality. In this regard, the reformed teaching of the Regulative principle in worship (as opposed to Normative principle) has to be brought to bear. Wikipedia has an adequate article on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulative_principle_of_worship

    Besides that, worldliness has always been the bane of churches from the NT onwards, and it really is something that we ought to ponder more on in the ‘style’ of worship adopted.

    Lastly, if we are able to submit/subject ourself to Jesus’ office as King (in church government) and Prophet (in His revelation & doctrines), we must also submit ourselves to His office as Priest (in our worship as a church/assembly). The former two are governed by the Word, surely the last has to also. And if taken as a whole, I believe practices that commonly emphasise on self (experience, satisfaction & the physical) are usually unbiblical.

    🙂

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