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Religiously Right But Hopelessly Wrong?
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:21

Religiously Right But Hopelessly Wrong?

Last Sunday, Pastor John helped us to contrast the “tradition of elders” and the Washing Hands
“commands of God.” The Pharisees questioned Jesus rudely after noticing his disciples not washing their hands before eating. As far as the religious leaders are concerned, the disciples had failed to follow the rules on ceremonial washing before eating. Jesus subsequently accused them of attaching human conditions to a divine instruction, by quoting the prophet Isaiah:


These people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.” (Mark 7:6b)

 

As distant readers in the year 2014, it is easy for us to point a finger at the Pharisees by saying that they are legalistic and stubborn in their traditional ways. It is easy to simply study the Bible and feel good about us not behaving like the Pharisees. It is easy to shrug off the words by saying, “That’s not me!” or “I will never behave like them!”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:30
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Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:13

Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes (St. Benedict, 4.47)


In the Rule of St. Benedict, there is one instruction given in chapter 4 under the title, The Instruments of Good Works, and it simply says, “Keep death daily before your eyes”.  So in the compline liturgy (evening prayers), there is one canticle that is often sung, the Canticle of Simeon, who was ready to depart and be with God because he held the infant Jesus in his arms.  “Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” (Book of Common Prayer)

 

Why would the ancient spiritual masters remind us to “keep death daily before our eyes”?  Some might think this is dark, depressing, or morbid.  Didn’t Jesus come so that we can have life and to have it to the fullest (John 10:10)?  What, if any, is the spiritual wisdom in being mindful that we could die anytime?

 

Living in the Present

Psalm 90:12, Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  What one commentator wrote about the modern person is that she lives as if she is immortal, constantly putting off what needs to be done today, and always thinking that there is time to fix the mistakes of life, until one day she is confronted with the final days and feel this deep sense of regret.   Could it be that when we realize our mortality, it is then that we actually live life to the fullest in the moment?

 

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God's Mission: An Option or a Commandment?
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 24 February 2014 16:55

God’s Mission for Us: An Option or a Commandment?

“Your mission, if you choose to accept, ………” is a popular pre-mission starting line in each episode of the action movie, “Mission Impossible.” I pondered about that when someone raised the question, “Is God’s mission something for us to choose to accept?” Put it another way, is God’s mission for us an option or a commandment?



If it is an option, then we are all set. We have been well trained in the art of exercising and insisting upon choices. We choose everything from who to vote for, to whether to exercise our vote or not. We choose who to give money to. We choose what to eat every lunch time after Church. We choose who to fellowship with. We choose what to buy and where to shop. There is even a grocery store named “Choices.” For those of us who are passionate about supporting Canadian businesses or BC-owned companies, we choose to avoid those American big box stores and support local ones. With such a mindset, it is very easy to transfer our demand for consumer choices to the choosing of whether God’s mission is for us or not. The question: Is God’s mission equated to a supermarket of options for us to pick and choose?

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