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Joshua is a boy always on the move but we managed to get him to slow down for moment this afternoon to answer some questions. After dinner, we've been telling him Bible stories and helping him to memorize some questions from the Catechism for Small Children (a simplified version of the the Westminister Shorter Catechism) and some Bible verses. We also try to sing some songs with him but Joshua usually protests (probably due to our musical incompetence). We try to make it interactive and interesting for him so that not only will great truths about God get into his head but that he will enjoy our times together learning about the big wonderful God who made all things and loves us.
Karl sat Joshua down to test his memory of the things he's been learning. So far, he's memorized catechism questions 1-4, Genesis 1:1, Matthew 22:37, and a simple definition of sin. Have a listen to the audio file below and see how Joshua did. Please ignore the fact that Daddy didn't do as well, mistakenly asking Joshua to repeat Matthew 22:38 instead of Matthew 22:37.
(If you don't see an audio player above, click here to download the file)
I recently had time to sit down with Dr. Manoch Chaengmuk, director of Bangkok Bible Seminary to talk about his life and ministry. We talked about how he came to faith, family opposition, the current state of the seminary and the church in Thailand, and prayer requests. It was a fascinating interview all around and I wish I had more time to chat with him.
I interviewed him in Thai and I have included below an MP3 of the interview for those who understand Thai. For those who do not, I have written up an abridged transcript of the interview in English. I didn’t include everything in the English transcript, but about 90% of our conversation is there. I hope that you find this interview with Dr. Manoch as interesting as I did.
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In Thai churches, there is a lot of misunderstanding about the nature and purpose of giving money to God. Some people think that God requires 10% of their income and if they don't give it, they are sinning. Even more common is the idea that if I give to God, He will bless me. This transactional mentality is likely a holdover from the animism that is so prevalent in Thai folk Buddhism, where people make specific ritual offerings to spirits in order to get specific desired blessings. But then again, human nature left to its own devices can also come up with the "give-to-get" approach to God.
The crass idea that you can get stuff from God by giving stuff to Him is further propagated by prosperity gospel teachers who urge people to give money to God (through their anointed ministries, of course) as a way to demonstrate that they have enough faith to receive their desired blessings. The larger the amount of money, the more faith you have. Or so they say.
One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the music. In Thailand, most of the traditional Christmas hymns are available in Thai, as well as some original Thai compositions. For your listening pleasure, spiritual edification, and cultural education, I have linked below a small collection of both Western and Thai Christmas songs for listening and download.
Listen online by using the embedded audio player for each song, or download individuals songs by right clicking on "MP3" and saving the file. Or you can download all the songs as a zip file here (32 MB - right click and save). These recordings do not have a copyright on them, as far as I know. The quality on some of them is a bit low, but they are enjoyable all the same.
Much of modern missions literature is occupied with anthropology, sociology, strategy, culture and so forth, rather than the Bible. And there are not a few who say that having a passion for Jesus is much more important than knowing theology. Not long ago I listened to a message by Paul Washer that really hit the nail on the head when it came to pointing out this imbalance in modern missions. Although Washer is perhaps a bit too harsh on contextualization, he makes the great point that missionaries need to be messengers of God’s truth - people who know God and his Word and go to tell people God’s truth.You can download Paul Washer’s message, “A Biblical Vision and Strategy for Missions” from the website of Heart Cry Missionary Society.Enter your email to get new posts from "Gleanings from the Field" in your Inbox Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz