I grew up being taught at home and in school not to call anyone stupid. It's such a strong word. It's insulting. It's demeaning. It's derisive. It provokes fights. In fact, the Lord Jesus said: "Thoughtlessly yell 'stupid' at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire" (Matthew 5:22 The Message). In spite … Continue reading A Monument to their Stupidity
I am so fortunate to have an awesome mother-in-law. Ima, as we fondly call her, is an embodiment of the Proverbs 31 woman. Hands-down. Here are some verses that aptly describe Ima (vv. 17-20,25-27). She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the … Continue reading I love my mother-in-law!
I expected that my wife and I have three more months before we have an empty nest. Our older son Ian, who had been living with us for all 26 years of his life, is getting married in December. Perhaps I was just naïve enough to think that he would only move out a few … Continue reading Empty Nest: Both Fun and Awful
One could argue that pamanhikan is the climax of the Filipino courtship process. The Tagalog definition is this: pamanhikan png. Paghingi ng pahintulot sa magulang ng babae upang makasal na ang magkasintahan. Literally, the word means that a man and his parents "go up the stairs of the house of the man's girlfriend and her … Continue reading Keeping the ‘Pamanhikan’ custom alive
Over the past couple of weeks, I heard two speakers share the same story about Florence May Chadwick. On a cold, foggy morning in July 1952, Chadwick attempted to become the first woman to swim across the Catalina Channel--from Catalina Island to Palos Verde on the California coast--a distance of 21 miles. After 15 hours … Continue reading Visualize Your Goal
The English word 'hysteria' comes from the Greek word hystera, which means "uterus." In ancient times, physicians like Hippocrates and Aretaeus believed that a woman's uterus could move out of place and float within the body. So according to ancient Greek cultural beliefs, this "wandering womb" condition led to several illnesses among women such as … Continue reading On the verge of hysteria
Last weekend, a member of our church approached me and said, "Pastor, I appreciate so much the last sermon you preached. It helped broaden my understanding of how God wants me to care for missionaries and to be involved in his mission. Thank you very much. I am saying this to encourage you." For sure, … Continue reading A word spoken at the right moment