Friday, September 30, 2011

A Hyper World

All images of LOVE, taken from

Imagine a hyper world.

A world where teleportation is a reality. A ubiquitous reality.

Much like the way we click a link and are taken instantly to another location on the World Wide Web, imagine a world where we scan a code at the bus stop to be taken straight to the destination.

Or imagine, if you will, a device: a device which, much like when we type in a universal resource locator into the address bar of a web browser, we are taken instantly to the page on  the World Wide Web, when we input the precise location into the device, we are taken straight to the destination.

A world where logistics is a yesterday's problem. A Star-Trek post-scarcity meritocracy where people long live and prosper in perfect harmony.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gospel Stories. Part 4

A Russian Orthodox icon of Jonah (Wikipedia)

This is a continuing series on the gospel stories of the Bible.

(Part 1Part 2Part 3. Part 4)

4. Jonah and the Whale

So far, we have been looking at the Gospel through the 'lens' of different stories in the Bible that each shed light on a particular aspect or truth about it. The story of the bronze snake illustrated for us the idea of "looking to Jesus for salvation" ; the blood of the slain lamb on the doorposts on the night of the Passover introduced the idea of sacrfice, how we can be saved from a certain death by having someone else die in our place. And the story about Naaman and his leprosy? That story told us that the truth (and truth of the Gospel, in particular) can be and often is something quite different from what we expect.

In all this, we need to remember what the Gospel is really all about. What, or who, is the Gospel all about? It's all about Jesus. Remember: about the bronze snake, Jesus said:  "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Gospel Stories. Part 3

Cleansing of Naaman, by Cornelis Engelbrechtsz

This is part of a series on the gospel stories of the Bible. 

(Jump to: Part 1Part 2. Part 3. Part 4)

3. General Naaman the Leper

Today we see the story of Naaman the Leper. We are told that Naaman was a commander of the army of the king of Syria, and a very powerful one at that. Now, picture yourself in Naaman's shoes for a moment. This man has almost all that he could ever wish for: power, in the form of his faithful soldiers under him; recognition and fame, as he was a great commander who brought many victories to Syria; wealth, because he clearly had more money than he could spend, as the commander of the army of a powerful nation; and a loving wife. Except, of course, he lacked one thing: he was a leper.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Gospel Stories. Part 2

This is a series on the many stories found in the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) that depict and foreshadow the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

(Jump to: Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4)

2. The Passover (Exodus 12:21-23)

Perhaps the ordering is back to front here: we saw in the last episode how God used the bronze snake to bring salvation to the Israelites in the desert. That story takes place after today's story: the story of how God brought Israel out of Egypt.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Lessons Learned While Boxing, Part 2

2. The Snap

The first thing you learn when you start boxing is the jab. This versatile punch is characterised by its speed of deployment. Many kinds of jabs exist, from the fake jab to the set-up jab, and it's not an exaggeration to say that almost all combo moves in boxing starts off with a jab. As ubiquitous and important it is, it is also true that it is actually extremely difficult to pull off a jab properly.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Gospel Stories. Part 1

I lead a small group bible study at church. The group members are mostly new to the Christian faith, and basically they have no idea what the Gospel is. Recently, I started a thematic series on Gospel Typologies: how the Old Testament has many stories that fore-shadow the substitutionary death and the triumphant resurrection of Jesus. Although the group is led entirely in Korean, I thought I'd put the lessons in writing here.

(Jump to: Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.)

1. The Bronze Snake (Numbers 21:4-9)

The bronze snake in the middle of the desert. So here's the deal. The nation of Israel were in bondage of brutal slavery under Egypt for some 400 years. You see all the Pyramids of Egypt? Yeah: Israelites were forced to build many of them. The Egyptians were harsh masters, even going as far as killing new-born Hebrew boys because they feared the Hebrews were outbreeding them. But anyway, God rescues the Hebrews from the Egyptians, by raising up a leader: Moses.

Short Story Special: "Goong Ae Oh" by Kangkyu Choi

I lead a small group at the Banseok Army Barrack Church. One of the privates in the group is a 20-year-old Kangkyu Choi, who is a budding novelist. He recently wrote a short-story for a writing competition, and with his permission, I'm posting a summary of the short story here, translated to English. I wish him all the very best.