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Living in a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey
Written by John Tsang   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 21:17

Living in a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey


I was at a coffee shop recently and when I looked at the list of drinks available, I had that momentary paralysis that Psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote about in his book, Paradox of Choice - Why More is Less.  Just out of curiosity, do you know what the difference is between a Tea Misto or a London Fog? I reverted back to the usual, “I’ll have a medium coffee, please.” We are blessed to live in a land flowing with milk and honey but to do so without critical thought will result in us losing our “salt” (Mk 9:50).  In an article for Sojourners, Walter Brueggemann, an Old Testament scholar and theologian, revealed the kind of cultural assimilation that Christians have succumbed to and our failure to be an alternative community to the nations in this particular area of our lives.   Bruggemann prophetically calls us to rediscover the practice of neighbourliness, a concept central to one of Jesus’ most well known parables when He was asked, “Who is my Neighbour?” (Luke 10:25-37).   Generosity, sharing, and voluntary simplicity are some of the antidotes to the disease of accumulation, pride, anxiety, and a sense of entitlement that often results when we have eaten and are satisfied in a land flowing with milk and honey.


One of the most rewarding projects that I got involved in was with a group in Richmond.  We saw the need to share with those who were the most vulnerable in our community so I got a techy guy in my church to help design a website for people to post good items that they’d like to share.  On the receiving end, social agencies and churches were given access to this list for their clients or parishioners.  Out of that was born www.richmondshares.bc.ca.

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God's Alternative Economics
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:33

God's Alternative Economics


Last week, we hear about “God’s Alternative Way of Economics” in which God’s financial plans for Israel are positively different from the neighbouring nations. If we apply Deuteronomy 15 directly to our modern banking systems, imagine the financial panic at the end of every sixth year? Those of us with mortgage loans will tough it out for six years, and wait eagerly for the seventh year for all our debts to be canceled.


Surely, the banking system then is nowhere as sophisticated as our present day financial networks. Unlike the Israelites in the wilderness, our modern systems have evolved over time. From barter trade to Adam Smith’s free market economics; Bretton Woods to globalization; fiscal to monetary policies; various socialist frameworks to Western style capitalism; our financial systems have advanced over time. Israel, on the other hand, started from nothing. So how do we learn from Deuteronomy, an ancient book? Allow me to suggest two ways to interpret and to apply.

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Grace Will Take Us Home
Written by John Tsang   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:42

Grace will take us home …


I’m still smiling from Chateau LPC’s Mother’s Day brunch, what a fantastic idea and great job by Polly, Judy, and their team.  Is it too soon to drop hints about a Father’s Day brunch :>?  A great big thanks to the mastermind behind this! (Any resemblance of picture to the real chef is totally intentional and not coincidental.)


As we continue to think about the story of God forming a group of slaves into a nation as His people, we were reminded last week that it is grace that will take us home.  God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and it is the same God of grace that spans both the Old and New Covenants.  I once chatted with a young person whose parents were overseas and many of his peers thought that it would be so cool to live here without parents watching over him and telling him what to do.  So it was rather enlightening for the rest of his peers to hear his honest reflection that life really sucked and that he wished he had some rules and guidance to live by.  We instinctively know that children and young people need boundaries and it is the most compassionate and graceful thing to give them those rules to protect them and to give them a sense of right and wrong.  In the early ‘infant’ stages of Israel’s formation, the law was a gift from a God full of grace and truth.  As we reflect on our story in light of the Deuteronomic story, we also need to be a community marked by grace.  Grace, interestingly enough, is part of our DNA.  I can only imagine that those who founded the Lord’s Grace Chapel must have given careful thought to what they wanted to be known for and God must have impressed upon their hearts, the notion and vision of grace.  So grace will not only take us home … grace is also where we originally came from.

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