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
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
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?
We listened to a very touching sermon in our church's worship celebration yesterday. The speaker and his wife had been regarded as pioneer "musicianaries" who share the love and truth of Jesus Christ with the people of Japan through the black gospel music genre. Thousands of people hear and sing the gospel every year. However, … Continue reading “Sana hindi mangyari iyan sa inyo ni Dahl.”
My wife and I recently visited Canada for the first time. Like many who have been there, we left with a desire to go back. We loved the place--both the cities and the spectacular wonders of nature. We loved the Canadians as well. They were polite and kept saying "I'm sorry" all the time. One … Continue reading Vancouver: Graveyard of Pastors?
I love doughnuts. Krispy Kreme's Original Glazed, Go Nuts Donuts' Chocolate Frost, J.Co.'s Alcapone, and Cello's Oreo doughnuts--I will enjoy these any day of the week, any time of the day. I know, I know. It's bad for my health; but they're just so good! However, after hearing Pastor Philip Tarroja speak at an event … Continue reading Building a Doughnut Ministry
October is Missions-Emphasis Month in many churches in the Philippines. And so, one of our supporting churches, Greenhills Christian Fellowship-East, asked me to give a report on our recently-concluded assignment in the Americas Area. Rather than simply showing pictures of places we've been and people we've met, I shared some misconceptions about missionaries that apply … Continue reading Myths about Missionaries