Month: January 2020

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Going, Going, Gone

The mischievous artist Banksy pulled off another practical joke. His painting Girl with Balloon sold for one million pounds at Sotheby’s auction house in London. Moments after the auctioneer yelled “Sold,” an alarm sounded and the painting slipped halfway through a shredder mounted inside the bottom of the frame. Banksy tweeted a picture of bidders gasping at his ruined masterpiece, with the caption, “Going, going, gone.”

Banksy relished pulling one over on the wealthy, but he need not have bothered. Wealth itself has plenty of pranks up its sleeve. God says, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich . . .…

Coronavirus: Who's to Blame

“Why is it happening again? Who’s to blame?”

 I’m sure these questions are part of many conversations in New Zealand right now. With the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus dominating the headlines, it’s easy to add one more accusing finger to the blame game.

Perhaps it’s a natural response to a crisis that evokes memories of the SARS crisis in 2003, when…

Coronavirus: Who's to Blame?

“Why is it happening again? Who’s to blame?”

I’m sure these questions are part of many conversations in Australia right now. With the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus dominating the headlines in Australia and the world, it’s easy to add one more accusing finger to the blame game.

Perhaps it’s a natural response to a crisis that evokes memories of the SARS…

Strengthening Weak Knees

When I was a kid, I thought the song title, “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need” written by Dottie Rambo in 1967, was “He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Knees.” Employing the logic of a child, I wondered why God would look at knees. Was it because they were weak? I knew that weak kneed meant “afraid.” I later discovered that Dottie had written the song about God’s unconditional love in response to her brother Eddie’s belief that he was unlovable because of the wrong things he’d done. Dottie assured him that God saw his weakness…

Wuhan Virus: Who’s To Blame?

Read: Philippians 2:3-4  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Wuhan Virus: Who’s To Blame?

“Why is it happening again? Who’s to blame?”

I’m sure these questions are part of many conversations in Singapore right now. With the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus dominating the headlines…

Life to the Full

The year was 1918, near the end of World War I, and photographer Eric Enstrom was putting together a portfolio of his work. He wanted to include one that communicated a sense of fullness in a time that felt quite empty to so many people. In his now much-loved photo, a bearded old man sits at a table with his head bowed and his hands clasped in prayer. On the surface before him there is only a book, spectacles, a bowl of gruel, a loaf of bread, and a knife. Nothing more, but also nothing less.

Some might say the photograph…

HK-Office-Notice

In response to the government's recommendations to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Hong Kong ODB office will be closed from 29 January to 2 February 2020.

If you have any inquiries or requests for ODB materials, please contact us via email : hongkong@odb.org

During the above period, our team will continue to work from home and will attend…

Back to School

It’s back-to-school time, when parents either breathe a sigh of relief or reach for the tissue box. Likewise children will either be bursting with excitement to catch up with their buddies, or there may be tears and tummy aches as they nervously wait to see if they can make new friends.

I’ve sent all my children off to school, but each…

An Old Clay Pot

I’ve acquired a number of old clay pots over the years. My favorite was excavated from a site dated during Abraham’s time (circa fifteenth century BC). It’s at least one item in our home that is older than I! It’s not much to look at: stained, cracked, chipped, and in need of a good scrubbing. It’s very fragile. I keep it to remind me that I’m just a man made out of mud. Though fragile and weak, I carry an immeasurably precious treasure—Jesus. “We have this treasure [Jesus] in jars of clay” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Paul continues: “We are hard pressed…

Friendship Bench

In the south central African country of Zimbabwe, war trauma and high unemployment can leave people in despair—until they find hope on a bench. A friendship bench. Hopeless people can go there to talk with trained “grandmothers”—elderly women taught to listen to people struggling with depression, known in that nation’s Shona language as kufungisisa, or “thinking too much.”

The Friendship Bench Project is being launched in other places, including Zanzibar, Malawi, London, and New York City. “We were thrilled to bits with the results,” said one London researcher. A New York counselor agreed. “Before you know it, you’re not on a…

Guiding Children to God

An outspoken atheist believes it’s immoral for parents to teach their children religion as though it were actually true. He even claims that parents who pass along their faith to their children are committing child abuse. Though these views are extreme, I do hear from parents who are hesitant to boldly encourage their children toward faith. While most of us readily hope to influence our children with our view of politics or nutrition or sports, for some reason some of us treat our convictions about God differently.

In contrast, Paul wrote of how Timothy had been taught “from infancy . .…

The Greatest Mystery

Before I came to faith in Christ, I had heard the gospel preached but wrestled with Jesus’s identity. How could He offer forgiveness for my sins when the Bible says only God can forgive sins? I discovered I wasn’t alone in my struggles after reading J.I. Packer’s Knowing God. Packer suggests that for many unbelievers the “really staggering Christian claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was God made man . . . as truly and fully divine as He was human.” Yet this is the truth that makes salvation possible.

When the apostle Paul refers to Christ as “the image of…

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