Acceptance: The Gift of My Emotions
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

By Rachel Ambasing Few things in my life have been harder for me to accept than the gift of my emotions. I’ve always been a very emotional person. But like many Asian American women, women in general, or women working in ministry, I have for a long time tried so hard to control my emotions […] .. read more..

Say Goodbye to Phone Addiction: 3 Faith Practices to Relax and Destress
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

In today’s fast-paced digital world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed... The post Say Goodbye to Phone Addiction: 3 Faith Practices to Relax and Destress first appeared on Phil Chan . .. read more..

Acceptance: Equity & Inclusion in the Church
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

By Millie L. Kim What is the acceptance criteria for Harvard or any Ivy League schools? You can google it and find answers such as an SAT score of 1580+, a GPA of 4.18+ and/or a list of accomplishments and extracurricular activities. Those are outward and visible criteria, but there are also inwa... .. read more..

What is Spiritual Direction?
Sunday, January 15, 2023

This beautiful image with a magnet for the refrigerator was given by Teresa Hogan, a friend from the faith sharing group I am in. She bought it from the famous Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, Korea. When I beheld the 4cm square print of a painting (see above), it straightaway struck me as a beauti... .. read more..

Pastor Hock Lin & Dora Chua’s Golden Anniversary
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

What a memorable Golden Anniversary! Pastor Hock Lin and Dora Chua have been married for 50 years. That is 18,250 days, or 438,000 hours, or 26,280,000 minutes of journeying together in covenantal love! Pastor Gabriel Han, the apostolic elder of Ministers Fellowship International, Singapore, gath... .. read more..

Acceptance: Into God’s Presence
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

By Charissa Kim Allen One of my favorite quotes is by writer and activist, Anne Lamott: “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” Receiving grace requires acceptance of our present form. While grace eventu... .. read more..

How to Know What God is Doing in Your life
Monday, January 9, 2023

It can feel like God is far from our lives. Sometimes it... The post How to Know What God is Doing in Your life first appeared on Phil Chan . .. read more..

Gunpowder and the End of the Aristocracy
Thursday, January 5, 2023

Gunpowder for ever changed the social relations of Europe over the course of six centuries by gradually rendering irrelevant the traditional reciprocal obligation between knights and peasants, and the natural moral basis for the rule of the knightly aristocracy; with … Continue reading → .. read more..

Acceptance: A Radical Radiance
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

By Eunhyey Lok Those who look to the LORD are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5  Many years ago, my InterVarsity staff worker gave me this verse. It was one of the first times I understood that grace and acceptance apart from my effort existed. Hearing it brought me to... .. read more..

Why Play Pickleball: Ten Reasons
Sunday, January 1, 2023

What is this sport that is a craze in New York? What is pickleball? How would I usually describe it to friends? “Imagine a badminton court. Bring the net down to the height of the tennis net. Replace the racquet with what looks like an enlarged table tennis paddle made of plastic. The ball is [&#... .. read more..

Olive’s Top 5 Reads of 2022
Friday, December 30, 2022

Here we are at the end of 2022. It’s been a good reading year for me – finished 52 books and found many gems along the way. It’s a difficult task to boil it down to 5 top reads, but I will try! (In case you missed it, here’s my list from 2021). I’ll also include a li... .. read more..

The Preaching Style of Bishop Robert Solomon
Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Preaching style has to do with the preferred ways a preacher uses to communicate truth with his audience. This includes verbal as well as non-verbal communication; the way the talk is organised, structured and presented, and the way the preacher’s personality comes through. Besides reading ... .. read more..

Happy Christmas. There weren't three kings.
Monday, December 26, 2022

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Having A Blessed Covid Christmas
Monday, December 26, 2022

On Wednesday, my wife had a bad sore throat and cough. She had been accompanying her brother in and out of the National University Hospital because of an eye problem. She probably caught it from these frequent hospital visits. She tested herself and found that she was covid-positive. The home qua... .. read more..

Recovery: Equilibrium
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

By Casey Iwanaga Equilibrium This year has passed fast and slow At times, I’ve wanted to say “whoa” My footing has gotten lost I’ve tried to regain a normalcy at any cost Mom getting sick, love woes, graduating, faith crisis; recovery seemed out of reach Cynical became my beach My safe place to s... .. read more..

Cancer remission, radioactivity, and hope
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

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Hong Kong Muwashshaḥ?
Saturday, December 10, 2022

It would be interesting to see the Arabic muwashshaḥ strophic form used in the context of Hong Kong to write songs in classical Chinese with a kharja (‘exit’) in either colloquial Cantonese or English (or both). .. read more..

It’s official! Dec 17 is the release of my book Rhythms of Resilience!
Thursday, December 8, 2022

This one has been cooking in the oven for about two years... The post It’s official! Dec 17 is the release of my book Rhythms of Resilience! first appeared on Phil Chan . .. read more..

Recovery: A Time to Wonder
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

By Sarah D. Park I recently went on a cross country trip to visit some friends while 16 weeks pregnant. It was a part of a flurry of decisions I made earlier in my pregnancy when I was determined to do and see as much as possible before I physically could not anymore. I had […] .. read more..

Remission
Thursday, December 1, 2022

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Recovery: Mind, Body, Spirit
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

By Diana Kim There is a difference between recovering and not doing anything. Oftentimes, we think that it is in not doing anything — being a couch potato, lounging around all day — that we recover after a long day or week. While there may be a time and place for such leisure, this wi... .. read more..

Will I make it to the end? A sermon from Hebrews 7
Friday, November 11, 2022

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Recovery: From an Open Wound
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

By Wendy Choy-Chan A friend shared with me an operation that left him with an open wound on purpose. If the doctor had stitched up the wound in this particular situation, the scar would easily lead to another tumor growth. Therefore, the wound was left to be healed by having the body regrow the f... .. read more..

A podcast interview: cancer and mission
Monday, October 31, 2022

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A carrot, a stick, and entering God's rest
Monday, October 31, 2022

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Togetherness: Through the Tumult
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

By Tina Teng-Henson Who knows whether the present storm Is something the Lord will quiet with a whisper Who knows whether He will quell the raging seas  and the tumult within you both He knows the stormy paths  that brought your lives together Abuse, neglect,  harmful bent ways The... .. read more..

Togetherness: Join Me
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

By Emi Iwanaga ““The rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up  and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.  So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me  and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water  an... .. read more..

Peter Lombard on the Priest’s Power to Bind and Loose Sin
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The great mediæval schoolman Peter Lombard, in Distinction 18.6 in his Sentences, may surprise papists with his understanding of the priest’s power to bind and loose. He says, But he [i.e., God] did not grant this power [i.e., of remitting … Continue reading → .. read more..

Calvin on Baptism’s Efficacy to Remit Sins and Regenerate the Baptized
Thursday, September 8, 2022

John Calvin says in his Antidote to the Council of Trent 1.5, We assert that the whole guilt of sin is taken away in baptism, so that the remains of sin still existing are not imputed. That this may be … Continue reading → .. read more..

I preached a meaningless sermon.
Monday, August 8, 2022

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God loves a cheerful oncologist (20 July)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

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Another meaningless sermon (not a cancer update)
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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Prayer, miracles and medicine (cancer update 30 June)
Thursday, June 30, 2022

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