Surrendering to the True and Living God

The idea of surrendering our minds and autonomy to God is a contradiction to the Enlightenment mind which sought (and still seeks) to free us from all restraints, especially dogmatic religious restraints or authority. Humanity was placed in a box where only reason reigned and one could not step outside this box to validate truth […]

Radical Discipleship

When I first went to Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in the Philippines to teach a short course in an interim, I was browsing through the books in the library and I came across a book about a Chinese evangelist John Sung, written by Leslie T. Lyall. I was surprised to read that this highly respected […]

The Need to Evaluate Truth

Watchman Nee has written some excellent instructions regarding the danger of emptying one’s mind and being passive in receiving truth. He says: “Should anyone allow his heart to cease thinking, searching, and deciding and to no longer check his experience and action against the Bible, he is practically inviting Satan to invade his mind and […]

It can be Dangerous to be a Kid

            The stories of the radical Islamic group ISIS indiscriminately and sometimes intentionally killing children has been on my mind these days, especially as we focus on children during the Christmas season. It is hard to comprehend what it takes for an adult to kill children for whatever reason but it is mostincomprehensible when it […]

The Fulfillment of Hope

Recently I was struck by verse 11 of Hebrews 6: “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” (NIV) What were they hoping for? These words were written in the context of Christians being faithful in helping other Christians. […]