收錄於：頌恩旋律【在恩典中敬拜】CD Worship (2013)
I thought the Paul-was-having-a-heat-stroke-on-the-road-to-Damascus sermon I heard was bad enough when I was still with the Anglican Church of Canada…
Boy, was I wrong!
Gorbachev on Thatcher:
Why is it that we were able to reach an understanding in the end? I believe one reason is that we gradually developed a personal rapport that became increasingly friendly over the years. Eventually we reached a degree of mutual trust.
Sometimes our outlook might be different, but our common need to look for a way out can bind us and help us build trust with one another. Friendship remains.
[NYTimes: Doing Business With the Iron Lady]
A week ago, I learned from my friend Alan Yu’s FB page that “80% of Muslim conversion narratives reference to a dream. Not a dream about Jesus but meeting Jesus in a dream.”
And then today, I come across this:
Alarming reports have been coming in for years: Christianity is being expelled from the Middle East. According to Walter Russell Mead, more than half of the Christians in Iraq have fled the country since 2003. Today it’s happening in Syria. Swedish journalist Nuri Kino reports on a “silent exodus of Christians from Syria” in the face of “kidnappings and rapes.”
It’s a regional trend. Two years ago Caroline Glick reported that “at the time of Lebanese independence from France in 1946 the majority of Lebanese were Christians. Today less than 30 percent of Lebanese are Christians. In Turkey, the Christian population has dwindled from 2 million at the end of World War I to less than 100,000 today. In Syria, at the time of independence Christians made up nearly half of the population. Today 4 percent of Syrians are Christian. In Jordan half a century ago 18 percent of the population was Christian. Today 2 percent of Jordanians are Christian.”
That’s only half the story. At the same time that traditional Christian populations are being driven out, Muslims are converting to Christianity at what missionaries and other Church leaders describe as an unprecedented rate. Joel Rosenberg claims that “more Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus Christ today than at any other time in history.”
Read the rest here:
Jesus is certainly at work in this world, and in ways that you can’t even imagine!
What a friend we have in Jesus!
[link: first things]
Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.
Repent and render yourself to Christ.
或者，有多少人知道，1549, 1552, 1559, 1662年的《公禱書》，也就是說最早的《公禱書》，從沒有「塗灰禮」一項？這不是說中世紀的羅馬教會沒有這個傳統，而是英國以克藍麥（Cranmer）為首的改教運動，刻意惕除這禮儀。背後帶著「真誠悔罪，不靠外在形式」的意義。兩段經課（珥2:12-17, 太6:16-21）的主題正表明這點。
Many are excited about N.T. Wright’s forthcoming new book Paul and the Faithfulness of God. To whet your appetite, here is Wright’s own preview (done back in Aug 2011) on the themes and main thesis of his soon-to-be released new book: