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Dangerous Stories of the Kingdom
Written by John Tsang   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 17:11

Dangerous Stories of the Kingdom – Mark 4:1-12


A while back ago, I was sitting beside someone at a wedding banquet who went to see the art exhibit of Ai WeiWei at the AGO in Toronto. Our conversation piqued my curiosity. Ai is a Chinese social critic who uses film, sculptures, installations, and photography as his medium to convey a provocative message. WeiWei is described as an ‘icon of resistance’ by a New York Post columnist. Ai is intentional yet subtle; loud yet quiet; precise yet mysterious. Just for fun, see if you can uncover the hidden message of the following art exhibits (the interpretations given below in the footnote).


 

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Average People?
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:47

Average People?


A story was told of a shepherd who found a newly born lion’s cub in the field. He felt pity for the little creature and brought it home with him. He fed it. He nursed it. He even put the cub together with his goats. Soon, the cub grew up and moved like the goats, ate like the goats, and behaved like a goat. Whatever the other goats did, the lion followed. Whenever the goats ran, the little lion ran too. Such a story reminds me of how nurture can shape nature. The mighty lion has become like a billy goat. It is like a Lamborghini sports car that thinks it is only a Ford Escort. As a result, the sports superstar never achieves what it is created to be. Likewise, humans can  imitate an environment that is content to be a mere average, regardless of one’s prowess. Pastor and author, Eugene Peterson reminds us.


The Puzzle is why so many people live so badly. Not so wickedly, but so inanely. Not so cruelly, but so stupidly. There is little to admire and less to imitate in the people who are prominent in our culture. We have celebrities but not saints. Famous entertainers amuse a nation of bored insomniacs. Infamous criminals act out the aggressions of timid conformists. Petulant and spoiled athletes play games vicariously for lazy and apathetic spectators. People, aimless and bored, amuse themselves with trivia and trash. Neither the adventure of goodness nor the pursuit of righteousness gets headlines. (Eugene Peterson, Run With the Horses, IVP, 1983 p11)

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Doing Away with 'Religion'
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:05

Doing Away with ‘Religion’ – Mark 2:23-3:6


A good friend of mine pointed me to a book called, Accidental Pharisees with the subtitle, ‘Avoiding the Dangers of Overzealous Faith’. I never did get around to getting a hold of it but some books you don’t have to read to get the central point.  My guess is that the author is saying sometimes, sincere, Jesus-loving, committed Christians … bless their hearts … unintentionally end up like the Pharisees in many of Jesus’ stories.   They find a certain personal conviction that is really helpful to their own spiritual life and in their zealousness, they think that everyone else SHOULD do the same.  This can range from tithing a certain percentage, regularly attending some form of Sunday School or Bible Study, reading a chapter of the Bible every day, to praying using the ‘ACTS’ pattern.  All of which, in and of themselves, are great ways to deepen the spiritual life, and as a pastor, I might even encourage and support.  But when we turn something that we’ve found personally helpful into a SHOULD for others, then we’ve made following Jesus into a religion.

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