Bible Engagement in the Philippines

National Bible Month in the Philippines is drawing to a close. I think it is timely to share some Bible Engagement-related results from the Spiritual Needs survey that the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches commissioned a few months ago. What is Bible Engagement? The term might be new to you, so let me define it. … Continue reading Bible Engagement in the Philippines


Connected but Disconnected

 I saw this poster at Craft Coffee Revolution, a coffee shop at the new Estancia Mall in Pasig City. Imagine that! These days, we need to be reminded to “talk to each other.” Why? Because wherever we go, we see people buried in their mobile devices! It doesn’t matter whether you are in a cozy … Continue reading Connected but Disconnected

Are We a Christian Nation?

Several months ago, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, in partnership with the World Evangelical Alliance and Back to the Bible International, commissioned a national Spiritual Needs survey with the goal of determining the spiritual needs and Bible engagement levels of the Philippines. So, in the coming weeks, my posts will be concise analyses of … Continue reading Are We a Christian Nation?

The Pressures that Shape Us

I was at the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming yesterday and marveled at the beauty of everything in it--the wildlife (we saw a few elk, bears, bisons, and a stuffed moose!), the geysers, the gorgeous lake, and the magnificent terrain. The picture on the right shows what is called the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone." You … Continue reading The Pressures that Shape Us

The Big One: Prepare and Pray

The "Big One" refers to the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that could hit Metro Manila if the West Valley Fault moves. It is the worst-case scenario for the 100-kilometer fault that runs through six cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Four major earthquakes have taken place over the West Valley Fault in the last 1,400 years, with … Continue reading The Big One: Prepare and Pray

We easily notice what we don’t have

My mind is wired to spot what's missing. I have this tendency to focus on what I don't have instead of being thankful for all that I have. And I'm sure there are many others like me. We struggle with discontentment. For example: You walk into a beautiful wedding ceremony, and moments later, you notice … Continue reading We easily notice what we don’t have

The Miss Universe 2016 fever continues to rage in the Philippines. There seems to be a never-ending stream of comments on Maxine Medina's response to the question, "What is the most significant change you've seen in the last 10 years?" Maxine had only a few seconds to come up with a response. The rest of … Continue reading