Reflections

Speaking Up Against an Unjust Government, Civil Disobedience, and Pursuing Church Unity in Politics

A friend has asked me to respond to a discussion over at larapatricia.wordpress.com regarding speaking up against the government. I'm re-posting my answer to that discussion here at my space for easy reference. Is it biblical to speak up against the government? The simple answer: absolutely! Moses was commanded by God to speak against Pharaoh… Continue reading Speaking Up Against an Unjust Government, Civil Disobedience, and Pursuing Church Unity in Politics

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Reflections, Reviews

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

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John MacArthur in the Ben Shapiro Show

In the Sunday Special Episode 29 of the Ben Shapiro Show, Ben interviews long-time pastor-teacher, John MacArthur. JMac answers all kinds of cultural and religious questions from the perspective of evangelical Christianity. MacArthur exhibits firm conviction on Scriptural truth with sincerity, care, love, and humility.  Topics discussed at various points of the interview include the… Continue reading John MacArthur in the Ben Shapiro Show

Reflections, Reviews

When Santa Learned the Gospel

For many Christians, the month of December is a festive time of Christmas celebration. Unfortunately, a confused message of Christmas is being taught by the juxtaposition of the story of Jesus' birth and the story of Santa Claus.  Photo from http://www.santagospel.com Let's be honest, embedded in the story of Santa is the false gospel of… Continue reading When Santa Learned the Gospel