No more Friendster

I quit the horrible social network yesterday. Deleted it. 

I cannot imagine why people would still want to use such a service with really bad GUI (Graphical User Interface)? 

*shrug*

Anyway, it’s Facebook all the way now.

Shopping List

I wanna go shopping! 🙂 Online shopping that is. It’s the year-end sales and the holiday spirit of spending (I guess!). Here’s the lowdown on the process (for this post):

1) List down things I wish to get (in order of priority)

2) Total the figure

3) Get the money (Save or sell other stuff)

4) Purchase them

 

**** UPDATED as time permits ****

 

1) The List

HARDBACK GENEVA BIBLE (1599 EDITION)

PRICE: $37.17

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THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (ESV) (2ND EDITION W/ MAPS)

PRICE: $25.99

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CALVIN’S COMMENTARIES, 22 VOLUMES

PRICE: $179.99

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NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY (12 VOLUME SET) WILLIAM HENDRIKSEN & SIMON J. KISTEMAKER

PRICE: $129.95

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THE LIFE AND THEOLOGY OF JONATHAN EDWARDS (5 DVD SET)

PRICE: $30.00

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RESOURCES FOR CHANGING LIVES BUNDLE (21 BOOKLETS) CHRISTIAN COUNSELING & EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (CCEF)

PRICE: $63.68

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EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED (DVD) STARRING BEN STEIN

PRICE: $17.99

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POCKET PURITANS SERIES (4 VOLUME BUNDLE) BANNER OF TRUTH

PRICE: $16.80

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MEET THE PURITANS by JOEL R. BEEKE AND RANDALL J. PEDERSON

PRICE: $22.50

meetpuritans

REFORMED DOGMATICS (4 VOLUME SET) HERMAN BAVINCK

PRICE: $116.99

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MY HEART FOR THY CAUSE: ALBERT N. MARTIN’S THEOLOGY OF PREACHING

PRICE: $13.99

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2) Total Damage

Prices include discounts given. Taken from www.monergismbooks.com 

In USD: $ 655.05

In RM (using rate of 3.6): RM 2,358.18 

Not including Shipping

 

Wow. 🙂 Hahahahahaha… ML will flip out!

Being Minimalist on the Wrong Things

When it comes to being Christians, the biggest debates is sparked when you approach the matter of being a Christian in a pluralistic society. On one side, there are those who make a clear stand that worldliness is worldliness and should be avoided or cut off. On the other, there are those who argue for compromise and pragmatism.

At the end, what does God say about this?

1Co 10:31  … whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

The principle that is clear (repetitively in Paul’s writings) is that Christian ought always to be maximalist in their worship of God in their life. A life that is marked by glorifying God is not in asking, “what is the least that I can do for Him, but what is the best I can do for Him”. That is a life of holiness, which means ‘set apart unto God’. Apart from? Why, the world of course. So yes, to be holier is to be like God who is not like the world (with it’s cultures and traditions and biasness, etc. *). It is a recovery of the doctrine of separation which comes from a deeper understanding of what sanctification means.  

That is why a person with that mindset is always contented with the circumstances he is in. Giving up things of the world is never becomes a problem. It does not ever take away their joy in any way (I’m speaking practically). So they would never ask “Can I do this or that?” but they focus on what are the things that God called us to do as believers and heirs of His kingdom. It never becomes an issue, whether it is about football, computer games, yoga, karate, etc… because the joy of being a Christian is never dependent on the freedom to indulge in these things in the first place. And yes, this means that our responses will expose our heart attitude and depth of God-knowledge and teaching.

I am constantly amazed by Paul’s ability and actions in these things. He never had to talk about the entertainment of the day (theatre and gladiatorial fights) because it never became an issue to the persecuted Christians. Speaks wonders about the state of ‘christianity’ in our generation doesn’t it? 🙂

Anyway, why the sudden post? Came to mind while reading this. Good read 🙂

 

Note on *: Cultures, traditions are all deviations from God’s Ideal in one way or other. In that sense, it is a consequence of sin and therefore, there is nothing that should be sacred to us in the name of culture and traditions. I am reminded of an excellent talk on this by either Woodhouse or Jensen. Hmmm… cannot remember.

The Seduction of Poles

From Malaysiakini today:

You’ve moved from one gym to another, sweated through endless aerobic classes, walked many miles, ate fewer calories, crunched, pushed, pulled, boxed, swam and jumped for years! All for a more toned body. Here’s something new for you to try – pole dancing!

Pole dancing is switching places from its sleazy image of scantily dressed women to the respectability of fitness centres, gyms and dance studios.

Thanks to pole instructors around the world who have taken this form of dancing out of the sleazy clubs and into the fitness centres.

It’s disturbing to see that pole dancing is now ‘cleaned’ up for ‘popular consumption’. And before long, do not be surprised to see it introduced in churches all over. I can already imagine it: Exercise! Christ wants you to be fit! Pole up!

Pole dancing by nature is synonymous to Strip clubs and entertainment. But, but (I hear those ‘evangelicals’ whimpering already)… the Bible does not say anything against it. It should not be wrong, right? Since God is silent about it. Dancing by nature (according to them, not me) is basically a medium only right? And since it is made up of repetitive physical movements, surely it must be neutral? 

Which is why these people would always be stumped by the Regulative Principle. They are seduced by the worldliness around them, and deny God’s power in the very thing which God asks us to practice. They want to have ‘liberty’ to everything, but never to deny anything. Much like my post on http://erlern.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/drama-is-not-preaching/ (Drama is not preaching), people will always want to spend time pondering (justifying) the use of worldliness in the church. 

Pole dancing requires core body strength. You will need to support your weight with your arms and legs and this in turn is great to improve muscle tone and strength in both upper and lower body. So while the results differ from one person to another, pole dancing certainly helps change the way you look by giving you a more toned physique.

Pole dancing is going through ‘radical’ makeover, but think about it, they will never die out in its place of origin, much like drama will never be lost from its roots in entertainment. Say what you will, as far as God’s Word is concern, holiness and sanctification is always about being separated from the world in a clear manner. 

Let’s see how blinded the churches in our generation are to spiritual truths: I say it will take at least 3 years before the first church will bring in the practice of pole dancing into their worship service.

Christian Humility – Hard to Do

I hope I have that type of patience when I grow older. The other person was obviously trying to be horrid and nasty; thinking that being loud and talking fast wins an argument. 

This is the type of world we live in anyway. Glad that he kept his cool knowing the real issues.

Gmail Themes – New Feature

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I love the themes. Finally, a truly cool aesthetic on my Gmail (the site that I visit or open very often). There are more than a dozen themes for you to try on. I personally like the default and the ‘Cold Shower’ (pictured above). I think Google is making great strides in their e-mail services. Can’t wait to fully utilise Gmail on the mobile (in the near future), where all office application is done in the ‘cloud’. I’m sure it’s coming… one day 🙂

2 Ways 2 Live Tract – 2 Roads

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I believe in the use of Christian tracts. I do not believe that one (who has no Christian background or education or exposure) can get converted by merely reading a tract. Tracts just cannot ‘preach’ the gospel at all. It can illicit interest and questions into the dead soul. But the gospel needs to be preached by the Christian believer. 

Having said that, there are few tracts that are good in presenting the outline of the gospel, and even less that are sound doctrinally. I am currently still impressed by Matthias Media’s 2 Ways 2 Live tracts, that has been around for years. Note that they do not ‘affirm’ a person to be a Christian by merely praying to God for help (which the 4 Spiritual Laws do – Arminian theology), instead they want the seeker to search out Christians to know more about the gospel. The reader is given a rough guideline of what they ought to do (mind, will and emotion). 

Heard something today which made me rethink whether a clearer Gospel outline presentation is possible given the size of tracts and usability of it. A tract can be very useful when you are actually preaching the gospel to a person. It forces you to be succint, not wordy and to be clear on the main points. For that reason, I am certain better tracts can still be made. My thoughts go back to Spurgeon’s booklet to seekers entitled All of Grace. Hmmm… very interesting to think on this.

🙂

Star Trek: The Origin – May 2009

This is the first Star Trek movie which I actually feel like watching when it comes out! Really… I have never been a fan of Star Trek (too immature in some sense… maybe it’s because of the TV series which made it look campy). But after seeing this excellent trailer… I’m hooked and anticipating. 

Not surprising since it has a good director 😛

No Random Atom

There is just no such thing as a random atom in God’s universe. If you believe in the sovereignty of God and in His power and control over all things, that is the only conclusion you can come up with. A wrong conception of His sovereignty that robs Him of His power and absoluteness (mightiness) is but to drag Him into the mire of what we call ‘imperfection’. That is a pitiful and sad activity that is done by many well-meaning folks, who do not learn from the lessons clearly taught by God to those in power (e.g. Pharoah, King of Babylon). Even the ruler of this world, the Evil One is but a dog on a leash that is held by God the Creator.

To the immortal, invinsible and wise One. Let us learn the lesson well.