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A Holiday for Every Religion and Cult

September 5, 2009
A Holiday for Every Religion and Cult

Today, President Arroyo declared September 7 as a national day of mourning for the late Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) leader Bro. Eraño Manalo. All flags will be flown at half mast on Monday. The INC rejects the Trinity and like the 4th century Arians, believes that Jesus is only a created being (as do the Jehovah’s Witnesses).

Victories of Faith at Last (Numbers 21)

August 31, 2009
Victories of Faith at Last (Numbers 21)

The new spiritual life that results from looking to Jesus lifted high on the cross by faith corresponds to the new physical life given to mortally snakebitten Israelites in the desert who by faith fixed their eyes on the bronze serpent.

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon…”

August 5, 2009
“Tie a Yellow Ribbon…”

A tribute to Philippine President Corazon Aquino.

Spies on a Mission in the Promised Land

July 24, 2009

Christian, Jesus is your "spy" who knows everything about your Promised Land because he came down from there. He assures you that your Promised Land is the heavenly city, beautiful and abounding in God’s blessings. Its inhabitants are not wicked enemies you have to fight and conquer, but righteous friends with whom you will fellowship for eternity. Its fortifications do not just reach up to heaven, but the city is in heaven itself, safe and secure from all evil.

UPDATED: No Divorce: Only in the Philippines…

July 17, 2009
UPDATED: No Divorce: Only in the Philippines…

Not exactly. Actually, the Philippines is one of only two countries in the world that I know of where divorce is not legalized, the other of course being Vatican City. And in spite of its evil and tendency to be abused, I believe it's time to legalize divorce in the Philippines...

A Godly Response to Suffering

June 8, 2009

Scripture Readings: Genesis 6:5-8; 1 Peter 4:1-11 • Text: 1 Peter 4:1-11 May 17, 2009 To download a printer-friendly PDF version of this sermon, click here. My wife recently had a conversation with a Filipino lay pastor who is relatively well off compared with most Filipino pastors. He was very thankful for all the blessings […]

Lord’s Day, May 31, 2009

May 28, 2009
Lord’s Day, May 31, 2009

This Sunday, May 31, I'll be preaching in a couple of places, driving two hours in between two churches, one in Pasig City and the other one in Tagaytay City.

Reformed Essentials Booklet

May 16, 2009

While preparing for a book table at the recently-concluded Manila Conference on Theology, I thought it would be useful to introduce others to the Reformed faith through a booklet that has essays on Reformed basics.

Beeke Conference Outline Notes

May 7, 2009

"Apart from election, no one will be saved because we are all totally depraved. Election compels evangelism. Election leads to holiness. Rejecting particular redemption leads to a confusion among the Persons of the Trinity in the work of salvation." -- Dr. Joel R. Beeke

“Hexegesis” – The Philippines in the Bible?

March 14, 2009

I happened to listen to a shocking tidbit that proudly said, “Do you know that the Philippines is in the Bible?” Then it quoted Isaiah 24:15. How does the Philippines figure in this verse?

What’s common between U. S. military prisons and churches? (updated in comments)

December 10, 2008 reports that U. S. military detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay systematically used loud music on hundreds of suspected terrorist detainees. The tactic was designed "to create fear, disorient ... and prolong capture shock." What does this have to do with churches?

Early Presbyterianism in the Philippines Part 2

July 29, 2008

After the American forces defeated the Spanish colonialists in the Philippines in 1898, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist leaders met in New York to discuss how to evangelize the new colony. The leaders signed a comity agreement "to unite all the evangelical forces in the Philippine Islands for the purpose of securing comity and effectiveness in their missionary operations."

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