It’s hard to look at websites like Linked-In the same way after reading 2 Corinthians in light of the Roman “RES GESTAE” i.e. a listing of honours, officers and achievements boasted of by every Roman emperor, consul, proconsul — it was their “CV”, so to speak.

The photos below show the Res Gestae Divi Augusti (a translation of the accolades is available at bit.ly/3kCsrmz) which have been placed in various locations around the Roman empire, this particular one in Ancyra (a former capital in Galatia, or modern-day Turkey).

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(Sermon delivered on 1/1/2017, apparently the only one I ever typed and read out. I’ve switched ‘2017’ with ‘2021’ for, u know, dramatic effect)

In Galatians 2:20, Paul says:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

“I am loved, therefore I am”

Because God loves me, I am already whole. I don’t have to prove anything. …

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Around Christmas time last year, it was confirmed that Ravi Zacharias, world-famous Christian evangelist and apologist who passed away in May 2020, was in all likelihood guilty of numerous acts of sexual impropriety ranging from solicitation to assault and even at least one occasion of rape. The allegations appeared formally in August 2020, after which an investigate team was set up by the board of Zacharias’ organisation (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, RZIM) to verify as much as possible the truth of the accusations made.

In early February, the board released a full statement confirming their belief in the truth of…

I’ve updated this chart, originally made a few years ago after I completed Greg Boyd’s two-volumed Crucifixion of the Warrior God (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017)

I’m tempted to insert another row on “Perspectives on U.S. Politics” but let’s not push it?

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So there I was pretty excited about the upcoming conference with Christopher Wright that I pulled out the only book I owned featuring him. “4 Views on the Church’s Mission” (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017) has Wright and three other authors share their views (and do some theological sparring slash sniping) on what exactly the church is called to do, to be and so on.

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A) Summary of the 4 positions

  1. Jonathan Leeman’s esssay focus primarily on sin as the biggest problem of the world, hence the church’s mission is about telling people about their fallenness and how they need…

I was checking out some resources regarding the ‘Christmas Star’ (spurred by interest in the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn tomorrow), came across Lee Strobel’s “Case for Christmas” (published more than 15 years ago) and wanted to share his opening story of a 60 y.o. grandma and her grand-daughters. What a remarkable story, hope it ‘hits’ you as much as it did me. Here goes:

The Chicago Tribune newsroom was eerily quiet on the day before Christmas. As I sat at my desk with little to do, my mind kept wandering back to a family I had encountered a month…

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Still from the movie “Left Behind” (starring Nic Cage)

N.T. Wright has argued (though not very extensively) that the two most popular Biblical passages used in support of the Rapture do not, in fact, promote the case for some supernatural ‘removal’ of Christians prior to some final apocalyptic end-of-world judgment.

First is Matthew 24:36–40,

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying…

Pop quiz: Which is more dangerous for the country? Option A, ten popular spots recording a few positive Covid-19 cases each or option B, a cluster with 30–40 pax infected?

Most Malaysians don’t see a difference. Most of us (at least the public, not sure about the government) react similarly to news of KLCC Suria being infected with one person as with news about three dozen being infected from some gathering in Kedah. In fact, some will even claim that multiple malls being infected is a worse-off situation than a cluster.

But I want to suggest today that Option B…

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Image from https://www.mcneillifestories.com/remembrance-viet-nam/

You can see this in MAGA nationalist doctrine (which targets foreign elements). In BLM/Antifa sloganeering (which targets essentially anyone who doesn’t agree with them). In religious fundamentalism (which targets liberals) and liberalism (which targets fundamentalists).

It’s all about what an ‘other’ has taken away from us, the losses inflicted upon us and how we must fight back, and even sacrifice, to regain that which was lost.

A world predicated and sustained by sacrifice is a world which manipulates the loss experienced by its inhabitants.

Such a world wants its people to desire sacrifice and thus to perpetuate the violence of…

In light of increased calls to violence, rioting and looting by voices on the (extreme and not so extreme) Left, I thought I might share a passage I wrote in the past on Žižek, his propensity to revolutionary violence and how the call to take up arms — when examined from within even as ‘radical’ a theoretical framework as his — is less ‘revolutionary’ than it sounds.

My full thesis is available at the Monash open-access portal.

Here goes:

Slavoj Žižek does not shy away from physical violence as a revolutionary means and, in fact, promotes it by insisting that…

Alwyn Lau

Edu-trainer, Žižek studies, amateur theologian, columnist.

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