Thank you for visiting ❤ This blog consists of some of my thoughts on being a follower of Jesus — aka a member of the Body, a neighbour who is learning how to love, and a seeker of the city that is to come. But I am just as human as…. a regular human, and I do have a more “formal” website on what I do.
By God’s grace, Christ captured my heart when I was 6 (still remember vividly the experience that was so human yet divine). I wish I could tell you the whole story here now but it would take up quite a lot of space and time!
What else…well, Christians sometimes are curious about the background or specific beliefs of one another, and we use these things to “rate” one another.
If knowing where I stand on some secondary issues does help you stay interested — well, I am a nerdy, not-so-charismatic continuatist who does not speak in tongue but is earnestly desiring the gifts of the Spirit especially the ability to prophesy as Paul has commanded in 1 Corinthians; an amillennialist who grew up in a “rapture-ready” environment fearing that I had been left behind; a still reforming believer who believes in the Holy Catholic Church and the communion of saints (and see Preston Sprinkle’s answer on if he’s reformed — I echo with him 100%); a baptized believer who comes from Hong Kong, a part of China, where in the mainland lots of people have absolutely no clue what some of the above terms mean but still love their Lord and neighbour to the point of death every day.
You may not find it funny but you get the point 🙂 We tend to define ourselves with a secondary belief or a leader rather than Christ. We want to fit Christ into a label, want to force others to condense their faith in an -ism, and want to stick with our own tribe. I think James Emery White pinpoints this problem pretty well.
I am not dismissing at all the value of having our own convictions regarding various doctrinal issues, but we often submit ourselves to our own ideology rather than to the cosmic lordship of Christ. Wayne Jacobson says it best,
“Church life grows out of a group of people who are focused on Jesus. Focus on the church, and you will always be disappointed. Focus on Jesus and you will find him building the church all around you.”
Having been part of the Alliance church, Baptist church, Presbyterian church, Anglican church, house church, and non-denominational churches (not because I went church-hopping; I was moving a lot), and having starved in some, been deeply wounded in some, and grown tremendously in some (actually, in all the experiences — whether “good” or “bad” — Christ has helped me grown), I realize Christ is indeed the same Christ who is all and in all.
We give labels more weight than they deserve. We end up letting them play us. The “Anglican” church that I am a part of now is more “non-denominational” than many other non-denominational churches; the “non-denominational” churches that I have visited, on the other hand, can turn out to be more obsessed with idolizing certain leaders or doctrines.
I believe God speaks through creation, the Scripture, His people, and via common grace.
I hold a similar view as John Stott does regarding hell — but mentioning it out loud may turn many Christians off.
I am learning to love as the loved, cultivating littleness, and longing for the full kingdom to come.
I believe kindness, gentleness, and humility are so underrated among Christians.
I believe in the joy of knowing God and making Him known. Also, be known by God.
But I also believe wanting to be like Him and know all things like Him is an idolization of the self. Paul reminds us that,
Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor? (Romans 11:34)
“The great cloud of witnesses” that have influenced me the most — speaking of those who are with the Lord now — consists of A.W. Tozer, Andrew Murray, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Watchman Nee, John Stott, Eugene Peterson, and of course the many unknown Christians who have died for their faith.
I have also been blessed by the teaching of Tim Keller, Tim Chester, Sam Storms, Frank Viola, Leonard Sweet, Scott Sauls, Ray Ortlund, Tim Mackie, Preston Sprinkles, Andrew Gardener, Ben Witherington III, John Piper, and N.T. Wright. There are of course many unnamed “lay” brothers and sisters who have taught me so much more along the way!
I love reading and listening from a diverse group of people who disagree with one another on a variety of topics in grace. As 1 Corinthians 8:2 says,
“Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much.”
Ben Witherington III also says, “We should know enough to know—that they (the human writers of the Scripture under the inspiration of God) don’t know enough to produce a comprehensive system called ‘the knowledge of God’.” I am always struck by how towards the end of his life, Francis Schaeffer spoke more and more against his previous Calvinistic determinism and today, L’Abri is considered by some a complete opposite of this belief. My point is not to argue which belief is right or wrong — but it seems there is a certain danger in putting too much trust in human certainty.
“Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything. People kill one another over idols. Wonder makes us fall to our knees.” –
My five favorite Christian books are:
Some of my favourite quotes:
- Too many behave as if they believed not in the priesthood of all believers but in the papacy of all pastor. – John Stott
- It’s hard to throw stones if you’re busy washing feet. – Luke Lezon
- That’s the whole spiritual life. It’s learning how to die. – Eugene Peterson
- Learning Christ is discipleship; learning about Christ is scholarship. – Leonard Sweet
- Deliberately reject every source of strength but Christ. – Raymond Ortlund
- Human history is a shipwreck awaiting rescue: but the port of salvation is not the goal; it’s to resume the journey toward union with God. – Hank Hanegraaff
- Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps. – Brennan Manning
- We don’t become more spiritual by becoming less human. – Eugene Peterson
- Grace is not opposed to effort. It is opposed to earning. – Dallas Willard
- The older I get, the more I meet people, the more convinced I am that we must only work on ourselves, to grow in grace. The only thing we can do about people is to love them. – Dorothy Day
- Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all. – Andrew Murray
- The most effective way to critique something is to create something more attractive. – Tullian Tchividjian
Thank you for your patience. Grace and peace ❤