These are the collections of my thoughts on sermons over the years. I may have left more questions than answers along the way. That's my intention. Sermons, like most theological reflections, are conversations between person(s) to God, and between persons to persons. It's an on going process. The gospel according to Jesus has been written in his LIFE and still goes on today…
Monday, August 5, 2013
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the latest figure, the Christians that include Catholic, Protestant, Mormons, and
non-denominational Christians make up a total of 4.5% of the population of
A question I often ask myself, my friends and
students is –
“Would Taiwan be better of if the Christian
population in Taiwan is up from 4.5% to 45%?”
Here were some of the answers -
“I don’t know…”
“You pastors would be easy to find a church to work
with, like a piece of cake.”
are from the States and you should know better; say from the south side of
Chicago and many areas in the City of Detroit; or even some parts of the DC.
Would you say they are better of with ‘Christians’ everywhere?”
In USA, it’s around 73% of polled Americans
identifying themselves as Christian in 2012. This is down from 86% in 1990; and
slightly lower than 78.6% in 2001.It is
still the majority.Are we better of
When we were in Taiwan from Sep 2011 through Jan
2013, I was occasionally invited to preach in the churches of Tainan, Kaohsiung
and Pintung Presbyteries.
There was a church in a high rising building of a
city.According the building code, anyone
over the tenth floor is not allowed to have a sign (看板カンバン) or even a Cross as a church symbol hanging out the
window saying something like Welcome to theTaiwanese
Presbyterian Church of Washington.
I asked the pastor about it. Here was his answer: “Our members are the
our Deacons and Elders are the signs.We
are the signs of the church!”
What a sign of courage!
Look at the earliest
Christians: a few against the world of Roman Empire.