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檢視與超越中產文化

引言 毫無疑問,香港教會中產化是不爭的事實,信徒大多屬於教育水平較高的專業人士,經濟實力較好;而中產文化與價值盛行於堂會,就是自然之事。「全港96.2%的堂會經濟是自給自足,其餘的需要母會、總會或差會等支持。關於堂會的收支情況,2004-2005年度全港64.5%堂會收支有盈餘或平衡,2008-2009年度已增加至69.3%。」1 中產文化與價值 筆者理解「中產文化」為外在可見的… 詳閱

「我是查理」

當香港人關心施政報告之時,法國諷刺報紙《查理周刊》最新一期仍以一貫作風,頭版上的漫畫是哭泣的伊斯蘭教先知穆罕默德手舉「我是查理」的標語牌,漫畫的上方寫著「全部的寬恕」。寓意深遠。 宗教可以被冒犯嗎?宗教的領袖可以被褻瀆嗎?當耶穌在被釘十字架之時,兵丁戲弄和掌摑祂,又吐唾沬在耶穌臉上;祂被蔑視、被人厭棄、多受痛苦、常經憂患(以賽亞書53:3)… 詳閱

「文化戰爭」是差勁類比的十個理由(一)

I was raised in a church world in which “culture war” was a favorite metaphor of how the church relates to the nonchurch. We were God’s courageous moral infantry doing battle against those cunning cultists, those hateful homosexuals, those lying liberals, and those devilish Darwinists. If we listen with tune… 詳閱

生物物理學家指出宇宙起源的觀點至少有六種,創造論的相反觀點不一定是進化論

Media coverage of debates over the Bible, the origin of life and God can mischaracterize many people by suggesting there are only two sides — creationists and evolutionists. There are at least six different overlapping categories, according to professor Jeff Hardin, an evangelical biophysicist and chair of the zoology departmen… 詳閱

從basic(回)到radical:徹底作門徒

《世界在等待的門徒》(The Radical Disciple, 2010)是斯托德牧師(Rev. John R. W. Stott, 1921-2011)生前最後一本著作。英文原書名中radical一字,中文常譯作「激進」,有極端、太超過的意思。但radical的原意是根,引伸 為基礎、根本、回到源頭和本質──亦即「徹底」。若「激進」不無貶義,「徹底」則指向恰如其分、理當如此、名實相符,且映照出「溫和」有時僅表示「不夠徹 底… 詳閱

美國人對聖經的嚴重誤解

… Many Christians point to other parts of the New Testament when denouncing homosexuality. Romans, another letter attributed to Paul, is a popular choice. In the King James Bible, it condemns men who lust in their hearts for each other, a translation that holds up pretty well when compared wit… 詳閱

公禱的缺乏

1) People mumble. They’re looking down at their knees in the first place, and when they mutter low, fast, and fuzzy, even those with the best hearing (not me) can’t hear. 2) We’re all expected to participate. If there are eight people, and eight prayer requests, it is an unwritte… 詳閱

十字架上的得勝詩篇

詩篇廿二篇27節:地的四極都要想念耶和華,並且歸順他;列國的萬族都要在你面前敬拜。 耶穌在十字架上呼喊詩篇廿二篇的頭一句,被很多人誤解為父神離棄了他。但耶穌提醒人這篇詩的內容,其中的第24節恰恰說,神沒有向受苦的人掩面。而且到了這一節,詩人說列國的萬族有一天都要來到神面前敬拜。你想耶穌為甚麼要在十字架上讀這篇詩? 有人說,猶太人的人生哲學… 詳閱

在不完美家庭中的上帝

I don’t know what a perfect first-century family looked like, but I’m certain that Joseph and Mary didn’t fit the ideal. Joseph had no money. He had no safe place for his wife to give birth and no plausible explanation for her pregnancy. How scared they must have been. Thei… 詳閱

英國坎特伯雷大主教聖誕講章

At Christmas 1914 soldiers took the risk, crossed a battle-line and kindled an evening of friendship and football. It is the moment all have picked on this year, whether in adverts or sermons. The truce illustrates something of the heart of Christmas, whereby God sends his Son, that vulnerable sig… 詳閱
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