Personal Reflection

The SOGIE Bill and the Discrimination Fallacy

The SOGIE Bill is a hot topic dividing Filipinos. SOGIE, or "Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression Equality Act," is also known as an anti-sexual orientation and gender discrimination act. According to this bill, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression will be punishable by law. The whole bill… Continue reading The SOGIE Bill and the Discrimination Fallacy

Personal Reflection

Tagalog-English Sermons Available Online

Here is a very rare personal update in this blog. A few have asked me where they can access the Tagalog-English sermons I have preached while I was at Pines City Baptist Church in 2014-2016. These sermons were originally on a One Drive folder posted online. Due to some changes made by OneDrive, not all… Continue reading Tagalog-English Sermons Available Online

Personal Reflection

Jesus Is King: A Call for Moderation and Church Unity amidst a Polarized Political Climate

Gone are the days when asking who someone voted for was taboo. Currently, the Filipino people are divided between anti-Duterte and pro-Duterte. These two camps, strongly convinced by their position, are so far away from each other that seemingly nothing can bridge the two. In this polarized political climate, there is a great opportunity for… Continue reading Jesus Is King: A Call for Moderation and Church Unity amidst a Polarized Political Climate

Personal Reflection, Preaching

Charles Simeon Trust

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in a Charles Simeon Trust workshop in Charleston, SC. The focus was preaching historical narrative in 1 Samuel. The organization is named after Charles Simeon, a faithful Bible preacher in England during the 1700s. Charles Simeon pastored for fifty-four years, faithfully preaching God's Word Lord's day after… Continue reading Charles Simeon Trust

Personal Reflection, Systematic Theology

Does Jesus’ Death on the Cross Demonstrate God’s Inability? A Theological Response to President Duterte

Before the year ended, President Duterte had another controversial religious comment in an attempt to insult a Roman Catholic view also shared by evangelicals: the death of Jesus on the cross. Duterte argued that if God was nailed to the cross, then he is weak and powerless. The word he used is "nakakawala ng bilib"… Continue reading Does Jesus’ Death on the Cross Demonstrate God’s Inability? A Theological Response to President Duterte

Ecclesiology, Pastoral Theology, Personal Reflection

Reading 9 books about the Church with the Church for the Church in 2019

Happy 2019! Mark Dever encourages pastors to read 9 books with men in their church for 9 months out of the year, not including June to August (see video below). When I first saw this in my news feed, I thought I'm too busy reading required texts from my seminary courses to participate. But I… Continue reading Reading 9 books about the Church with the Church for the Church in 2019

Personal Reflection

Bible Reading for 2019

Courtesy of Matt Botsford on Unsplash Happy New Year! For me, the new year is always a great reminder to get in the Word. Perhaps because that's when people talk about Bible reading plans for the year or maybe because my pastor preaches on the means of grace (Bible reading, prayer, etc.) every time the year begins. I… Continue reading Bible Reading for 2019