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?
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.