Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

On the fourth week of advent, a preacher mentioned in his preaching, “I am sure God is very proud of his people in Indonesia. Why? Because we still can celebrate Christmas despite all the calamities we all experience in Indonesia. We give our best to celebrate Jesus’ birth. For example, our church’s budget for Christmas celebration is 45 millions rupiah (around US$ 4,500. In Indonesia, we can have a simple meal with rice, meat, vegetables, and drink for US$ 1). It is not a small amount of money. There are hundreds churches in Indonesia. Can you imagine how much Christians are willing to spend for celebrating Christmas? It must be billions! This is incredible!”

I heard the preacher saying this in a worship service in a quite big church. He obviously thinks that one of the reasons which makes Christmas celebrations incredible and blessed is because Christians are willing to spend so much money despite the calamities in Indonesia. I think in a totally different way. In my opinion, the big amount of money spent for the Christmas celebrations or the willingness to spend so much money do not make God proud of Christians at all. Amos 5:21-24 confirms this, “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

Christmas is not merely a celebration. It is mainly about giving. As God has given his Best to incarnate in the first Christmas in order to save us, Christmas should always remind us to give our best to serve others, to pass God’s love on to people in need. In Indonesia context this year, I think it is not appropriate to have a huge Christmas celebration. It is even better if Christians do not celebrate Christmas at all. Or may be it is more accurate to say that Christians should celebrate Christmas in a different way. US$ 4,500, the approximate amount I assume one church allocate for Christmas celebration, can feed 4.500 flood refugees for one simple meal! Can you imagine how many refugees can the churches in Indonesia feed? Unfortunately, there is just a small group of churches which has this sense of crisis.

There was a UN Conference for Climate Change in Bali recently. To my shame, Indonesia is “awarded” the fastest forest destroyer. I think the Indonesian churches also indirectly contribute to the destruction of the forests by cutting pine trees for Christmas trees. Why do we need to cut so many trees for a one-day-celebration and worsen the global warming? Without any Christmas trees, Christmas is still a Christmas. Without any celebrations, Christmas is still a Christmas. But without caring for those who are in need, Christmas is not a Christmas. Without showing any concerns to what is happening in the world and doing something to make the world a better place, Christmas is not a Christmas. Again, Christmas is all about giving. Merry Christmas! May our Christmas celebrations be blessed and be a blessing, not a curse, to others!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Thought from Asian Idol

Last night the first Asian Idol was chosen by voting. It was one of the worst nights in my life! Well, as said by a sister, I was very enthusiastic (probably too enthusiastic according to her ^_^) about this event because I was a music maniac! To my (to all the judges’ also, I am sure!!!) surprise, the unexpected winner was chosen! Sigh…

For Hady Mirza’s fans, I am sorry to say that he doesn’t deserve to be the first Asian Idol. A sister of mine from Singapore, where Mirza is from, also admits it. If we really consider their singing and entertaining ability, only three persons deserve to be the one: Mike (Indonesia), Mau (Philippines), and Jaclyn (Malaysia). After the show ended, I messaged my girlfriend and that sister to express my disappointment. That sister’s reply was this: “Again it’s a generation that focuses on the looks lah…” She was right! I also told her that most of the voters must be girls and only consider Mirza’s appearance.

Well, yes, but I think it is not just this generation which focuses on the looks. This is human’s tendency for all time. We do not only judge others by their appearances, but also value ourselves based on what is outside. We tend to care only about our outward appearances, not what is deep inside our hearts. When we do good deeds for others, what does actually drive us? Is it love or a hidden agenda or what? When we do our “spiritual activities”, what is our motive? Are we sincere? Or we just want to feel and look good?

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Monday, November 19, 2007

God Does Not Always Answer Our Prayers?

“God does not always answer our prayers.” Almost all speakers I have heard talking about prayer do state this. It has always been troubling me. I find two problems here. Firstly, this statement implies that prayer is all about asking and answering. We ask something from God and God answers. It seems that God is regarded as a genie that always provides whatever the person who controls it asks. This is not the essence of prayer, at least for Christianity. Asking for something is only a small part of prayer dimensions. In fact, it is the shallowest understanding of prayer. The heart of prayer is to commune with God. Exchanging our feeling and thoughts with God. To go into the very heart of God, this is the heart of prayer.

Secondly, I find the understanding is based on the presupposition that answering prayers equals answering ‘yes’. It means when God says ‘no’ to our requests, we neglect his answer and act as if God has not answered our prayers. This is very childish. Children usually cannot accept a ‘no’ answer from their parents. They will conclude quickly that their parents do not love them if their requests are not granted. As they grow, they would understand that their parents have actually ‘a better answer’ when they say ‘no’ to their children. Most of the time, I find that when I think God does not answer my request, he has actually answered ‘no’. I just cannot accept it. So, God always answers our prayers, more accurately our requests. His answer is either ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thank You Mr.Smiley !!!

On November 12th, I went to Malacca to visit someone in one of the hospitals there. While I was waiting for my bus in the bus stop just opposite my college, a skinny and smiley guy came and asked, “Do you know how to go to Malaysia?” Then I told him that I wanted to go to Malaysia, but since I had never been there, I was also not sure. Then he was very happy because he found another “blind man” to go together with him.

He was very friendly. He told me that he lived in a condo nearby. Later he found out that I was a theological student and I discovered that he was a Sunday school teacher. We were really enjoying our chat while we were on the bus going to Johor Baru. Then he started to share that he had a cancer and just done chemotherapy. He was going to go through radiotherapy soon. I almost could not believe it. Because he looked so happy! How could someone whose stomach had been removed be joyful like that? At the end I found the secret. He said, “We don’t know when our lives will end. What we can do is to choose how we want to live. And I have chosen to live happily, enjoying whatever God has given to me. God is good all the time.”

Of course it was not the first time I heard such statement. But, being said by a man who had gone through such agony, that statement became extremely powerful! He is the man who really understands what Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” He has taught me a very meaningful lesson which I might never learn even from a prominent theologian! He also has reminded me of two things. Firstly, a message will be powerful if it is said by a person who really knows what it means by experiencing it. “God is good” might mean nothing if it is said by a person who has never gone through agonies in life. Secondly, a theology must be born from “the street”, not from an ivory tower. Being a theological student, sometimes I feel like being separated from the world. There are too many books which I have not read. Sometimes, or may be most of the times, this makes me forget that I also need to learn from the living text, such as the smiley man I met. In fact, I do believe that a good theology must be born from a dialectical process between the Word and the world. Having said this, I think that smiley man is the right person to write about and develop a theology of suffering.

At the end of our meeting, I said to him that I was very blessed to meet him. I truly thanked God for giving me the opportunity to meet and learn from him. And I really thanked him for his passion and openness to share his life with me. Thank you Mr. Smiley!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

If Heaven and Hell Never Exist

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Chrisye, an Indonesian pop singer legend who died on March 30th 2007, composed a very interesting song entitled Jika Surga dan Neraka Tak Pernah Ada (If Heaven and Hell Never Exist). Here is the lyric:

Apakah kita semua benar-benar tulus menyembah pada-Nya?
(Are we truly sincere in worshipping Him?)

Atau mungkin kita hanya takut pada neraka dan inginkan surga?
(Or probably, are we just afraid of hell? And we simply want heaven?)


Jika surga dan neraka tak pernah ada, masihkah kau bersujud kepada-Nya?
(If heaven and hell never exist, will you still worship Him?)


Jika surga dan neraka tak pernah ada, masihkah kau menyebut nama-Nya?
(If heaven and hell never exist, will you still call His name?)


Bisakah kita semua benar-benar sujud sepenuh hati
kar'na sungguh memang Dia, memang pantas disembah, memang pantas dipuja?
(Can we truly worship Him ultimately because of He himself deserves to be worshipped and to be praised?)


This song challenges everyone who claims that they believe in God. Why do you believe in God? Why do you go to church, mosque, temple, or other worship places? Is it simply because you want to go to heaven and are afraid of going to hell? If this were the reason, you are actually not worshipping God. You are worshipping yourself. You are just using God for your own goodness and safety. You are basically worshiping Him because of what He can give to you.

Christianity never teaches this kind of egoistic faith. You may want to check the Bible to find out that whenever the writers of the Bible are referring to Jesus, they always mention Him as “Lord and Savior”, not “Savior and Lord”. Why? I think it is because they are trying to tell the readers that what Jesus has done is a secondary reason of why we should believe in and follow Him. The most important thing is who Jesus is. Jesus is Lord! If he is the Lord, he deserves to be worshipped! If God is truly God, God deserves to be worshipped! We do not need other reasons in order to believe in Him.

Karl Marx said, “Religion is the opium of the people.” I partly agree with him. I would say that religion MIGHT BECOME the opium of the people. It happens when people worship God only because of what God can do for them. For those who claim that you believe in God, let me challenge you to think: Why do you believe in God?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

A Theology of Sleeping

Have you ever thought why we need to sleep? Or a much more fundamental question, what is sleeping? What is the essence of it? Is it simply a biological cycle?

See John Calvin’s prayer below. Read it very slowly. And enjoy each word as if you are chewing a bubble gum.

Lord God, since thou hast made the night for us to rest as thou hast created the day for our work, we beseech thee to give our body a restful night and to grant that our soul may be lifted up to thee and our heart always filled with thy love.

Teach us, O God, to entrust all our cares to thee and constantly to remember thy mercy, so that our soul may enjoy spiritual rest. Let not our sleep be excessive, but let it serve to renew our strength so we may be more ready to serve thee. May it please thee also to keep us pure in body and spirit, preserving us from all temptations and all danger, so that our very sleep may contribute to the glory of thy name.

And since this day has not passed without our having offended thee in several ways, we who are poor sinners make this request. Grant, O God, that just as thou is going to hide all things in the shadows of the night, thou wilt also bury my sins in thy mercy, through Jesus Christ my savior. Amen.

While for most people sleeping might not be too meaningful, Calvin points out the essence of it. Sleeping is not merely a resting state in which the body is not active and the mind is unconscious. It is more than that! It serves to renew our strength so we may continue to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives. It is not merely a biological cycle. It is actually a spiritual activity!

Some of us might have difficulties to accept this idea because we tend to have a dualistic view of life. We like to divide our lives into two areas: spiritual and non-spiritual (secular). For example, most people will regard praying as a spiritual activity and eating as a non-spiritual action. For me, all that we do is spiritual. It is to say that they have a correlation with eternity. It is fundamental that we need to see our lives in relation to eternity. Therefore, sleeping has to do with eternity as well! If we slept well, we would have a better chance to live more healthily. If we had a better health, we would have a better opportunity to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives better. If we managed to accomplish God’s will in our lives, we would definitely know what God would say when we enter eternity: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

For those who are workaholic, whether you realize it or not, please remember that sleeping is not a waste of time. It is indeed a very productive activity. We do not live to work. We work to live. For those who sleep too much, even though you deny it ^_^, please bear in mind that we do not live to sleep. We sleep to live.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Why A Journey of Grace?

Some of you might wonder why I choose “A Journey of Grace” as my blog title. The short article below, which I wrote on 7th July 2006, will answer it. It is originally written in Indonesian. Enjoy!


A Journey of Grace

A brother of mine shared about his fight with his lovely wife in the middle of the night. That night, my brother, a God-fearing pastor, did a very big mistake which made his wife exploded. In short, they had a very big fight. At the end of their fight, his wife said to him, “I wonder why a person such as you can be a pastor!”

Has this question ever come to our minds? Or a similar question which we may address to ourselves. How can a person like me be God’s servant? How can a wretch like me be used wonderfully by God? How can it be? These questions should have come to our minds. We should be puzzled and amazed why God still allows unfaithful people like us to be involved in doing his divine projects in the world. How can it be? The answer is: grace alone. It is only by his grace! It is not because of any single good thing within us. As Apostle Paul says in Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and to him are all things.”

A journey of grace, it is the theme of Trinity Theological College's (TTC) Graduation Day on 2005. This theme kept arresting my mind throughout the week as I joined the orientation and college retreat for new students. Through this theme, God had reminded me that my life is a journey of grace.

A journey of grace, describes my journey while I was working with IFES Indonesia from 2004 to 2006. God often took a risk by trusting his divine projects to a wretch named Andreas Pilipus. Why was he willing to do so? It is by grace alone! Even God appreciated me for my last project (Regional Student Conference, 23-26 June 2006) before I moved to Singapore. It was unbelievable! How could God appreciate his unfaithful servant like me? But that is our God! The God who is full of grace!

A journey of grace, is also the best expression to describe my involvement in STT Telkom Christian Fellowship, a place where God had wonderfully molded me for seven years. I was frequently a stumbling block for others. I often preferred to do my own business than to visit my cell group members. I rather followed my ego than faithfully shepherding God’s people in STT Telkom. To my surprise, at the end of my ministries there, God appreciated me! Again, it was unbelievable!

A journey of grace, and there is no better expression than this to illustrate my preparation for entering TTC. My English was not excellent. I almost could not participate in the TOEFL test because of my carelessness. My parents, my girlfriend, my brothers and my sisters were very supportive. My tuition fee was fully covered. I almost could not get my student’s pass, again because of my carelessness, but indeed God was very gracious. I got my student pass! Praise the Lord!

When our spiritual eyes are able to see properly, we will always see the abundant grace of God in our lives. Have we realized that every single breath we take is God’s grace? Even in small things in which we often take them for granted. Have we realized that the life story of each one of us is actually a journey of grace? It is an expected corollary then if we return, not give, all that we have to God. Let us not take our lives for granted. Let us fill our lives with what pleases God alone. Loving God and loving our neighbors. By doing so, we will never take God’s grace for granted. Life is just too short if we use it for our own agendas.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Let's Talk about Friendship

Let’s talk about friendship. I’ve been having stimulating discussions and thinking about this for these past two months. In Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, friend is defined as a person whom you know well and whom you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family; someone who is not an enemy and whom you can trust. This definition is very lacking. It implies a one-way relationship.

Let’s say, I think that I’ve known someone well, like him a lot, and trust her; but he doesn’t really know me, she doesn’t really like me, and he seldom shares his feelings, would I regard her as my friend? I can’t clap without two hands.

Being a true friend is extremely challenging. I’ve found fake friendships for a few times. There are people who try to be my friend because they have a hidden agenda. Basically, it is very obvious that they are just using me. Some others become my friends because they are friends of my friends. They make friend with me not because of who I am. They have a relationship with me simply because of my friends.

Recently I also shared with my sister that hanging out together, laughing together do not show the depth of a relationship. These just make us feel close. Please underline feel. It’s only a feeling: feel close. I conclude this from my own experience. We might often go out together, laugh together, and have fun together without truly knowing each other.

To think back, I guess I myself have never been anyone’s true friend, even though I do regard a few people as my true friends. I wish I could be… One day…

Greater love has no one than this,
that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13


What Is A Friend?
by Kit McCallum

A friend is someone you hold dear:
Someone who is always there, through thick and thin;
Someone who is only a phone call away.

A friend is someone you can always rely on:
Someone who is there to share your thoughts with;
Someone to listen, no matter the subject.

A friend is someone you can feel comfortable with:
Someone you can sit silently beside, without conversation;
Someone you do not need to fill the quiet moments with.

A friend is someone you can trust:
Someone who will guard your deepest secrets;
Someone who will never let you down.

A friend is someone who is not judgmental:
Someone who will gently offer advice and opinions,
Yet, someone who is not overbearing or critical.

A friend is someone who can keep you grounded:
Someone who can help you see through your obstacles;
Someone to shoulder you through life's trials.

A friend is someone who shares unconditionally:
Someone to laugh and to cry with;
Someone to lean on, through both the good and the bad.

A friend is someone you choose wisely,
For a friend is your own mirrored image:
Someone to compliment your own self;
Someone who indicates who you are as a person.

A friend.... is what you are to me.

Friday, September 21, 2007

An Old Cree Indian Saying

We can find this board in Singapore Zoo. It is a powerful reminder for us. Money is important, but it is not everything. There are many things which are much more important than money. But I guess we often fail to appreciate something until we lose it. Think about it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Meal Theology

I usually have my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at the college’s dining hall. Meals are provided for those who stay in the student hostel. It is indeed very convenient for us. We don’t need to go out everyday for our meals, except on Sunday and public holidays. Because there will be no meal provided on Sundays and public holidays. Too bad…

On Sundays, some of the hostelites will go out together for dinner. Normally, I join them. However, if I spend almost the whole day in the church, I will not go with them. I prefer to take rest and to relax in my lovely room. ^_^ This has actually happened since the end of July until now. So, every Sunday I become a loner in the hostel. Hehehe… I enjoy it though...

Last Sunday, my best buddy here, Hwe Cher, did say something regarding this. He shared that having meal together actually keeps people close and makes people closer to each other. His statement made me think hard. As usual, I like to think. And sometimes I think too much hehehe I guess someone is smiling now. ;p

Anyway, I think his statement is true. To think back, I am able to have a close relationship with most of my brothers and sisters here in TTC through meals! I become closer to them because we often have meals together. I guess the chit-chats around the dining table are extremely significant. We have nurtured our relationships through having meals together! This is what I call as “the Meal Theology”. Meal helps to build a relationship. It helps to nurture a fellowship.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ratatouille: Everyone Can Cook!

If you had a good sense of art, you’ll definitely love this movie. Good story, great pictures, impressive music, and of course delicious food! ^_^ There are just so many things we can learn from this movie. But I think the major theme is about courage. “Everyone can cook.” This phrase is repeatedly expressed in many ways.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, Ratatouille recounts a house rat named Remy who has a dream to become a chef in the city of France. The dream seems impossible, because he is just a rat. However, at the end Remy manages to be a chef despite the troubles he faces.

Ratatouille wonderfully illustrates how courage and perseverance are fully interrelated. I always love movies conveying the theme of courage. You may wonder why. I guess it is simply because my given name, Andreas, means “courageous”. ^_^ Yes! And you should know that having such a meaningful name has actually been sustaining me whenever I go through a sticky patch. Now I realize more that my spiritual mentor, Erick Sudharma, is absolutely right. He says that the most effective way to teach and to help your children to grow is by giving each of them a meaningful name. So, don’t simply choose any names for your newborn babies!

“Not everyone can be a good cook, but a good cook can come from anyone.”
Auguste Gesteau in Ratatouille

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Divine Message through Calamities


Indonesia was repeatedly pounded by a series of shuddering tremors on 13th September, a day after an 8.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra. In 24 hours, a total of four quakes and a series of more than 20 aftershocks ranging in intensity from 4.9 to 8.4 repeatedly set off tsunami warnings in Indian Ocean countries (The Straits Times).

Knowing that calamities happen everywhere, people might react differently. Some might not be bothered at all. Others might be thankful because it does not happen to them. And there are people who might think that the victims deserve such calamities. In other words, these people regard themselves as better people than the victims.

As a Christian, I do believe that calamities convey a divine message. I recall what Luke has recorded in Luke 13:1-5. He writes, “There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’”

There are two accidents mentioned: the killing of the Galileans and the fall of the tower in Siloam. What can we learn from Jesus’ comments? Do not ever think that those who go through calamities are worse sinners than us! Calamities are a reminder for all of us. If we do not repent, we will perish in the same manner. In the same manner? Yes, perish suddenly without any opportunities to repent. Calamities remind us to live our lives carefully and to have a meaningful life. We never know when our lives story will be ended. I am sure no one of us wants to end our life's story with a tragic and regretful ending.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

10 Most Stupid Questions People Usually Ask in Obvious Situations

I got this from the net. Sometimes it is good to laugh at ourselves. ^_^

At the movies:
When you meet acquaintances/friends…
Stupid Question:- Hey, what are you doing here?
Answer:- Dont u know, I sell tickets in black over here..

In the bus:
A heavy lady wearing pointed high-heeled shoes steps on your feet…
Stupid Question:- Sorry, did that hurt?
Answer:- No, not at all, I’m on local anesthesia…..why don’t you try again.

At a funeral:
One of the teary-eyed people ask…
Stupid Question:- Why, why him, of all people.
Answer:- Why? Would it rather have been you?

At a restaurant:
When you ask the waiter
Stupid Question:- Is the “Butter Paneer Masala” good??
Answer:- No, its terrible and made of adulterated cement. We occasionally also spit in it.

At a family get-together:
When some distant aunt meets you after years
Stupid Question:-Munna,Chickoo, you’ve become so big.
Answer:- Well you haven’t particularly shrunk yourself.

When a friend announces her wedding, and you ask…
Stupid Question:- Is the guy you’re marrying good?
Answer:- No,he’s a miserable wife-beating ,isensitive lout…it’s just the money.

When you get woken up at midnight by a phone call…
Stupid Question:- Sorry. were you sleeping?
Answer:- No. I was doing research on whether the Zulu tribes in Africa marry or not. You thought I was sleeping…. you dumb witted moron.

When you see a friend/colleague with evidently shorter hair…
Stupid Question:- Hey have you had a haircut?
Answer:- No, its autumn and I’m shedding……

At the dentist when he’s sticking pointed objects in your mouth…
Stupid Question:- Tell me if it hurts?
Answer:- No it wont. It will just bleed.

You are smoking a cigarette and a cute woman in your office asks…
Stupid Question:- Oh, so you smoke.
Answer:-Gosh, it’s a miracle …………it was a piece of chalk and now it’s in flames!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Taize

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian men's monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. Even though I have heard about it before, TTC’s Day of Prayer 2007 (24th August) was my first experience to attend and to be involved in Taize worship. It was a privilege because the worship is led by a brother from Taize, brother Gishlain, who has been practicing Taize for many years.

The worship was very meaningful to me. I think silence and repetition are some of the strengths that Taize has in helping people to meet God in their worship. Studying at TTC, I find that hustle and bustle is my biggest enemy in nurturing my spiritual life. I believe this is also true for most people. Sometimes I feel that I do not have enough time to be silent, reflect on my life, and listen to God’s voice. I recall what Socrates has said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I suppose Taize is a very helpful worship style in doing so. In our churches today, sometimes I do feel that the pastors or the song leaders talk too much. In fact, instead of helping the congregation to worship God, sometimes they are actually disturbing them. In my observation, there is not enough silent time in our worship today. A silence for people just to reflect on their lives and the word of God.

It is also interesting to notice that, in Taize worship, the leader does not talk much. In fact, just before the worship began, brother Gishlain mentioned that he was not the leader. He was just a servant. He stressed, “We all are just servants of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the leader of the worship.” I guess this understanding is lacking in our churches today.

As mentioned, repetition is also one of Taize’s strengths. Taize’s songs are very short and simple. Most of the lyrics, if not all, are taken from the Bible. During the worship, each song is normally sung repeatedly within three minutes. Some people might not be able to appreciate this. But I find this is very helpful to engage my mind with God’s word. To say it in a different way, it is something like a brainwash. While for some people brainwashing has a negative connotation, I think it is not necessarily bad. In fact, whether we like it or not, we are bombarded and brainwashed by advertisements, TV, newspapers, magazines, movies and music all the times. Our world view is shaped by all these without our consciousness.

Having said all the good things about Taize, I do believe that there is no perfect worship style. I do hope to attend Taize worship again so that I will be able to see what their weaknesses are. I really want to find out and to understand more about their theological foundations of doing their worship. What I have known so far is that the theme of unity and reconciliation is central in their theology.

For me, the theological foundations are much more important than the worship style itself. Certain worship styles might be attractive, or even helpful, for some of us. But if we have no strong theological foundations, or we even do not know what we are doing and why we are doing so, we have totally failed.

If you are interested to know more about Taize, please visit www.taize.fr. By the way, I am actually hoping to go to Taize next year for my Field Education. I am still looking for sponsors. Please let me know if you are willing to sponsor me. ^_^

Why Blogging?

Some of my friends have been encouraging me to do blogging. Well, it is not that I don’t wanna do it. It’s more on my laziness I guess. Deep inside my heart I really wanna do it (truly I tell you friends… ^_^), but somehow my flesh is sometimes (or most of the times? ;p) too strong…

Well, since this week is my mid-term break in college, I should try to start it now. Thanks to my sister, Daphne, who also tries to encourage me. Thanks sis… Salamat kapatid! ^_^ My intention of blogging is simply to share my life, my thoughts, my struggles, or anything lah (upsss, that sounds very Singaporean ;p). So, enjoy! Hope you’ll find something meaningful!