The problem of suffering is undoubtedly one of the greatest conundrums faced by Christian theologians through the ages. Some theologians regard human and animal suffering as a consequence of mankind’s disobedience in the garden of Eden. But does any part of the story of ‘the Fall’ imply that there was no suffering prior to that? Looking… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6b – ‘The Fall’ and Suffering
One of the things I really cherish about being part of the Uniting Church in Australia for the last 3 years, is being exposed to a deep well of worship resources that is very distinct from what I’ve experienced back home in Malaysia. Just two weeks ago during service, I was introduced to this song,… Read More Inspired by Love and Anger
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6 – The Meaning of ‘the Fall’
Two contrasting metaphors are used to describe humanity in Genesis. They form the basis of the Judeo-Christian understanding of what it means to be human and our role on this planet. Dust of the Earth On one hand, it is clear that we are creatures, part of God’s magnificent opus of creation. Genesis claims that… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 5 – Dust of the Earth, Image of God
Two processions enter Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover week two thousand years ago. From the West, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governer, rides in at the centre of a huge imperial army. Every year, he leaves his residence in Caesarea Maritima and comes to Jerusalem to maintain order. He represents Caesar, the son of God,… Read More Jesus, Bersih and Malaysian Politics
While tensions are on the rise in Malaysia regarding the Malay bible and ‘Allah’ issue, and certain irresponsible parties are attempting to aggravate Christian-Muslim relations further with threats of uprisings, it’s a good time to turn to Egypt to see what can happen when Christians and Muslims stand together in solidarity. After a church was… Read More Christian-Muslim Solidarity in Egypt: Lessons for Malaysia?
Malaysia is destroying its forests more than three times faster than all of Asia combined, new satellite imagery has shown, with demand for palm oil the reason for the clearance. A report commissioned by the Netherlands-based Wetlands International says Malaysia is uprooting an average two per cent of the rainforest a year on Sarawak, its largest… Read More Is there Something I Can Do to Make a Difference?
Climate change seems to be the buzz word these days. Everything under the sun is being linked to climate change – either to make news headlines, apply for research funding or simply as a fad. But is climate change the real problem that we’re facing? Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change at the University of… Read More Climate Change: What’s the Real Issue?
All children are born scientists. Any parent knows the perpetual refrain of ‘Why does this happen, why that, why the other; why, why, why?’ Though many distractions, and what is laughingly called ‘growing up’, tend to submerge those childish enquiries, some of us are fortunate enough to have spent our lives indulging our natural curiosity… Read More The Challenge of a Christian Scientist
Christian faith has a profound insight in describing life as a pilgrimage, with us as pilgrims, each with a life to spend, and to spend it just once. I can see the connections between the different jobs and the way in which they have fitted together, so I will work on for as long as… Read More The Journey of a Christian Scientist