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How Bonhoeffer Can Be an Ally for Trump Voters — October 18, 2016

How Bonhoeffer Can Be an Ally for Trump Voters


When Liberty University’s president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced his endorsement for Trump, I was amazed at the rhetoric that justified the evangelical vote for a Trump presidency. As someone with close ties to the evangelical community my amazement turned into horror as I witnessed how evangelical leaders across the board joined in the call to urge evangelical voters to love up on Trump. Continue reading

Review of “The Future of Evangelical Theology” by Amos Yong — July 10, 2015

Review of “The Future of Evangelical Theology” by Amos Yong

UnknownFrom the title “The Future of Evangelical Theology. Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora” it is evident that Amos Yong is seeking a renewal of Evangelical Theology. If this would be the sole purpose of the book his attempt would be partially successful and partially unsuccessful at providing the impetus for momentum. Reading the book, however, it becomes quite clear that Yong has a secondary aim. This is also evidenced in the subtitle. He seeks to call his fellow Asian American Evangelical theologians to retrieve their own Asian distinctiveness and locate it at the heart of their theologizing endeavor within an Evangelical context. Yong sets himself to this task with great persuasion and effectiveness.

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Bonhoeffer’s Dialectical Christocentrism — January 12, 2015

Bonhoeffer’s Dialectical Christocentrism

For those who are interested, here is a piece that explains what my Bonhoeffer dissertation is all about and what will determine my theological program after that. It may be a little dense and technical, but if you want to get the whole picture of how my work on Bonhoeffer connects with the future of the Church, you will want to read this post.

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Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: A Review — December 26, 2014
Spellbound by the Gospel: What the Gospel Is and What It Isn’t — August 20, 2014

Spellbound by the Gospel: What the Gospel Is and What It Isn’t

My recent blogpost over at Whiteboard//Blip (Part I and Part II).

Part I, What the Gospel is

billy-graham-preachingRecently one of my best friends, who is involved in Christian ministry at a major university in the United States, was criticized by his employers for not generating enough ‘decisions for Christ.’ Too bad, for, even though my friend is not after decisions, his may be one of the few Christian campus ministries that attracts decent amounts of ‘unbelievers.’ At a recent gathering 80 people turned out, most of them not affiliated with Christianity. Continue reading

Theological 10-step Guide to the Evolution Theory for Conservatives — August 1, 2014
The Cost of Discipleship — July 5, 2014

The Cost of Discipleship

The following is my blogpost for the Bethel Seminary admissions Blog on June 25th 2014

wwjd_by_F1lip3k“The Cost of Discipleship” is the wrongly translated title of Bonhoeffer’s “Nachfolge.” It should simply be “Discipleship,” although the translator was quite right in pointing out the cost involved in discipleship as Bonhoeffer saw it. What is, so I want to ponder in this piece, the cost of discipleship for us evangelicals today? As we will see it is one thing to have the mind of Christ but quite another to know what that mind is. This may seem a contradiction, but by the end of this article I hope it will be a self-evident paradox. Continue reading

Learning, Love, and Transformation — May 14, 2014

Learning, Love, and Transformation

The Need for Deconstruction in Theological Education

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Much has been said about what happens at the intersection of love, words, and action. Or, rather, the lack of such intersection, as the above quotation from Scripture seems to indicate. Words and actions are often perceived as opposed to each other. Indeed, those in search of love do well to pass by people who spend a great deal of words on it and turn their attention to silent deeds that bespeak love better and louder. Continue reading

Wheaton and Its Theology Conference — April 11, 2014
What It Means To Follow Jesus Christ Today — March 23, 2014

What It Means To Follow Jesus Christ Today

This is my blogpost for the Bethel Seminary Admissions Blog of March 18th 2014.

Hebrews 12:1-2. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

What does it mean to follow Jesus Christ today? I want to address three aspects that are pertinent to the concept of discipleship in our times: the need to address injustice in the world as indispensable to discipleship, the relevance for discipleship of our access to the historical Jesus, and the necessity of deconstruction of self as the beginning and continuation of true discipleship. We can call them the horizontal, ecumenical, and self-reflective dimensions of discipleship. Continue reading