New Trends in Pentecostalism

Robert C. Crosby:

“Ministry practitioners, denominational leaders, and scholars have noted three prominent trends in North American Pentecostalism: a marked decrease in speaking in tongues in public worship; fresh developments in Pentecostal eschatology; and a broader engagement in compassionate ministry and social concern.”

This is interesting. I think I have to read up on the global Pentecostal movement.

Small Things

Don’t devote your life to doing something big. Devote yourself instead to a good direction, and then do all the small things that God commands. Every day. Over and over and over. Then a day just might come when you discover you’ve accomplished something big.

~Jonathan Leeman

God in the Fire

Why did God appear to Moses in a fire? Because you can’t ignore fire. Fire demands attention from all our senses. You see brightness, you feel heat, you smell smoke, you hear the crackling and the roaring. You don’t believe in fire; you experience it! You ignore fire at your own peril.

End of the Year Post

As 2020 ends, may we rest ‘in the knowledge that underpinning everything that happened to us this year there is a secret, undeclared providence always at work, always providing, always purposeful, always on the side of the people of God (cf. Rom. 8:28).’

~Adapted from Alec Motyer

Jesus and Exodus

“Exodus, right at the start, announces that the currently enslaved and oppressed Israel is none other than ‘my firstborn son’ (4:22). This, too, is where Matthew’s Gospel begins. The son of David, son of Abraham, son of Mary is also ‘my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’ (Matt. 1:1, 16; 3:17). Yet Jesus’ life, like the existence of Israel, was threatened by the contemporary political authorities, and, like them, he even made the journey into and out of Egypt (Matt. 2:13–15). He too was subjected to adversity and satanic opposition (Matt. 4:1–11).

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Downward Mobility

Henri Nouwen:

“Scripture reveals…that real and total freedom is only found through downward mobility…The divine way is indeed the downward way…[Jesus] moved from power to powerlessness, from greatness to smallness, from success to failure, from strength to weakness, from glory to ignominy. The whole life of Jesus of Nazareth…resisted upward mobility.”

Delicate Snowflakes in the Highest Resolution Ever

Nathan Myhrvold:

Water, an incredibly familiar thing to all of us, is quite unfamiliar when you see it in this different view. This makes snowflakes a great example of hidden beauty. Their intricate beauty is derived from their crystal structure, which is a direct reflection of the microscopic aspects of the water molecule.

I wanted to show people the hidden beauty of snowflakes at a new level of detail and clarity. I hope people can tell there’s beauty in things that they can’t see with the naked eye.

Bring Back the Coffee Date

Anna Bonta Moreland:

College students need to rehabilitate a social script that helps them get to know each other with the lights on, in real and not digital relationships. They need to be encouraged by the adults who care about them to take that risk and ask someone to go out for coffee. With some good coaching and a healthy dose of courage, they can direct their erotic longings toward someone who just might say “yes.”

Where’s Repentance?

Ray Ortlund:

“Christianity” without an ongoing lifestyle of honest confession of sin devolves into church-going for some emotional uplift before Monday morning, polishing up our appearances, rehearsing our orthodoxy. It looks good. But it stinks to God. It stinks to any honest person.

RFID Installation, Reloading, and Balance Inquiry

Now that the government is enforcing the use of RFID in its major expressways, car owners are lining up to get their RFID stickers in both north and south expressways. I got my EasyTrip from Petron Marilao NLEX. I had to go there twice because they only have 100 stocks per day. On my second visit, I was fourth from the last to get RFID. It was only 10am.

Two weeks later, I got my Autosweep from the southbound lane of Nichols Toll Plaza. The line was short and I got my RFID in less than 30 minutes.

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