天主教拜聖母

1. 天主教官方堅持馬利亞「無玷成胎」(Immaculate Conception of Mary),認為她沒有原罪之餘亦終於無犯過罪;但基督教認為此說無《聖經》根據,認為她亦是需要得到耶穌基督救贖的罪人。
2. 天主教官方相信馬利亞不死並被提升天(The Assumption of Mary),基督教則認為此說亦無《聖經》支持。
3. 天主教官方相信馬利亞永久童貞(The Perpetual Virginity of Mary),而《聖經》中所提及耶穌的弟兄姊妹只是親戚、或約瑟前妻的兒女;基督教亦認為此說無《聖經》根據。
4. 天主教主張要向馬利亞禱告,並要請馬利亞向耶穌代求。天主教徒會向馬利亞的像跪拜,稱之為「敬禮」而非「敬拜」;基督教則認為向聖像跪拜屬十誡命中禁止的敬拜像的行為,並以提摩太前書2章5節指出只有「那義者」耶穌基督是人與神之間的中保。
5. 天主教認為啟示錄12章「身披太陽、腳踏月亮,頭戴十二顆星的冠冕」的婦人就是馬利亞;基督教解經家大多認為這婦人是指上帝選民,包括以色列民和教會而不是馬利亞。

Ref: http://www.gospelherald.com.hk/

20美元變一萬個熱狗 現實裡五餅二魚故事

What it means to give.

我們花了兩個星期時間,在美國採訪貧窮問題,最後在LA認識了一個傳奇的台灣人,她的名字是amywang,在台灣沒唸過甚麼書,因為一些機遇,抱著剛生下來,沒有父親的孩子到了美國,想賺錢,但結果過著流落街頭的生活,因為極度的飢餓和寒冷,她的人生到了死亡的邊源,四十年過去,她從一個無家的人,變成一個專門幫助無家者的人。

ref: http://www.ctitv.com.tw/newchina_video_c134v70467.html

Leading Change Together

How do you lead a healthy team dynamic? In this episode, Bill Hybels and Jim Mellado revisit a classic interview with Carly Fiorina at The Global Leadership Summit. During the interview, Bill asked her about the dynamics within her board. Bill and Jim then identify the dynamics involved in healthy teams.

Um… very insightful.

Ministry, Marriage, and Mistakes

This session was recorded at the 2010 Acts 29 Boot Camp in Seattle, WA. In this session, Pastor Mark Driscoll talks about Marriage, Ministry, and Mistakes

This is very eye-opening. Pastor Mark is being very honest about many real issues for many people jugging ministry, marriage, and family. The truth is that, many things can go really wrong. He is not pulling stories from books, but from thousands of pastors’ lives.

“If you put ministry in the first slot, you are an idolater. If you put ministry in the second slot, you are an idolater. If you put ministry in the third slot, you are an idolater.” – Pastor Mark Driscoll.

Christian, husband, father, pastor.

The video is about an hour long but it’s worth every single minute of your time. I highly recommend this if you have thought about church planting.

Ministry, Marriage, and Mistakes
http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/special/ministry-marriage-and-mistakes

NOOMA

I just finished watching all of the NOOMA videos from 1 to 20. NOOMA is a series of short films produced by Flannel promoting spiritual perspectives on individual life experiences. The storyteller Rob Bell is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Each video is about 10 to 15 minutes.

The videos are so great that, I just don’t know how to put into words. Let’s just say, you know the guy is giving a message, but you are so deep into his story that you are just enjoying his story while taking in his message at the same time. These videos/messages are based on real life experience and biblical truth, and are presented in simple day-to-day words and images.

If you are a small group leader I will definitely recommend you to watch these nooma videos. There are also study guides available.


Here is the list of the videos:
001 | Rain: “Things don’t always work out the way we want them to.”
002 | Flame: “What’s up with the word love?”
003 | Trees: “Do our lives really matter?”
004 | Sunday: “Why do we do the things we do?”
005 | Noise: “Why is silence so hard to deal with?”
006 | Kickball: “Why can’t we always have what we want?”
007 | Luggage: “It isn’t always easy to forgive.”
008 | Dust: “Does God believe in us?”
009 | Bullhorn: “Can we separate loving God and loving others?”
010 | Lump: “A lot of us have done things in our lives we are ashamed of.”
011 | Rhythm: “What does it mean to have a relationship with God?”
012 | Matthew: “Suffering the loss of someone we love can be the most difficult thing in life to deal with.”
013 | Rich: “Maybe God has blessed us with everything we have so we can bless and give to others.”
014 | Breathe: “Our physical breath is actually a picture of a deeper spiritual reality.”
015 | You: “Some of the central claims of the Christian faith are the source of many discussions and heated debates. But are we always debating the right things?”
016 | Store: “We all get angry about things from time to time.”
017 | Today: “How much time and energy do we spend wishing things were how they used to be?”
018 | Name: “Why are we so concerned with what other people think, say, or look like?”
019 | Open: “What if there’s more to prayer than just God listening and answering?”
020 | Shells: “What are we really doing with our time?” (June 2008)
021 | She: “When we omit the feminine, are we missing a very fundamental part of His nature?” (September 2008)
022 | Tomato: “Most of us grew up believing that our worth comes from how smart, competent, fast, better skilled and good we are. But Jesus invites us to die to all of that so that we can really live.”
023 | Corner (2/20/2009)
024 | Whirlwind (5/15/2009)
025 | Third (2009)

My personal top 5 favorites are: Rain, Sunday, Bullhorn, Lump, and Shells.

Here is a preview video of the video Rain, I am sure you will like it.

NOOMA 001 – Rain – Preview

Here is another one, Lump:

NOOMA 010 – Lump – Preview

Francis Chan – Balance Beam

Wow… This is a very short yet challenging message for me and yo’all Christians out there. I have heard of the name Francis Chan before but I just recently saw one of his message videos, and man what an analogy regarding how the majority of the Christians live nowadays in America!

If you are not a Christian, this could also be challenging to you as well. Very so often we challenge our kids to dream big, and to live a life worth living for and so forth. But, I just wonder if we can really use our lives as examples while doing all the preaching.

Hope you enjoy this video. It’s only 4 mins long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA_uwWPE6lQ

Twitter at church?

US churches use Twitter to reach a wider audience
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/twitter/5274071/US-churches-use-Twitter-to-reach-a-wider-audience.html

Pastors in Westwinds Community Church in Michigan spent two weeks teaching their congregation about Twitter, which allows users to send messages to each other which are no longer than 140 characters. Of the church’s 900 adult members, 150 are now tweeting.

The church encourages congregants to ask questions about a sermon that the pastor can answer later. Alternatively, they can “tweet” during the service in case another worshipper can provide enlightenment.

Um… I think we are entering a new era of worship… starting from old traditional, to women preaching, to contemporary music, now even to twitter! I think outwardly worship can take on many different forms, so long as we are connecting with God.