Pastor Steve's Blog (Page 2)

Pastor Steve's Blog (Page 2)

…moments & reflections from the life of Steve

For the Sake of the Call

Many Christians are familiar with Jim Elliot’s journal entry; “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” 60 years ago today (8 January, 1956 in Ecuador), Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian were martyred in the jungles of Ecuador attempting to reach the Huaorani people (then known as the Auca) with…

Espresso!

I love coffee! My preference is for a quick shot of espresso, no sugar. Despite my love for coffee, I can’t really afford a decent espresso machine – they generally are in the 1K range. And while I love coffee, there’s a lot more I could do with a spare $1000! It’s not that cheaper machines don’t extract a good cup of espresso. It’s the consistency which is the…

Stretching the Mind

I must confess I didn’t read nearly as much as I hoped last year. I only made my way through 9 books. If I include books read for MRT, WRT, and sermon prep, that number jumps up to a more respectable 19 books throughout the year. But books for personal growth and development as a Christian, I didn’t get through a whole lot. I suppose I could list a myriad of excuses as to…

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (Theological Version) (Copied from a post on Facebook…Thanks Kamal Weerakoon for the find.) Rick Warren: The chicken was purpose driven. Pelagius: Because the chicken was able to. John Piper: God decreed the event to maximize his glory. OR . . . it was an act of Christian hedonism. The chicken realized that his greatest joy would only…

Computers – A Retrospective

I’ve been in a rather nostalgic mood recently. Even for things which aren’t usually considered of sentimental value. Like computers… With the start of the new year, I overhauled my desk and rearranged my monitor layout (I have an iMac & a second monitor). This got me thinking about my old computers that I owned and used. I stumbled across a post on this topic from 3…

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

   With 2015 almost at a close, and 2016 about to commence, here are some suggestions for resolutions in to the new year. I recognise that many of you do not bother making resolutions – most likely because you, like pretty much everyone else, have failed dismally at keeping them. However, I do recommend going through this list of 70 resolutions that Jonathan Edwards…

The Nightmare Airport

I heard a lot of horror stories about Terminal 1 of Manila Airport. Maybe I was underestimating all I heard. But none of the stories does justice to the sheer nightmare that is the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Usually, having anything named in your honour is a rare privilege. But the Aquino family should revoke the right of the airport to use the…

Networking

My primary purpose for attending GDF2015 was actually to connect with Korean pastors, serving both in Korea and other parts of the world. To that end, the trip was a resounding success. Here is a series of photos in no particular order, of people I connected with. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take a photo with everyone I met, but this at least is an indication. Dr S.…

Today is Tomorrow…

As I start this post, it’s 1:12am local time. I got in to my room about 30 minutes ago. Had a shower and washed up. And now sitting at my desk updating the blog. Today was a LONG but fruitful day. Started off with breakfast, as per usual. Then the short 5 minute walk to GDF. Finally had a decent conversation with Kamal. And to celebrate, we took the selfie you see below.…