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Efficiency or Extravagance? – Mark 14:1-11
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:22

By now, we know that Mark was a careful story teller. Each episode of Jesus life chosen for its deep, rich, and symbolic meaning, hardly a word wasted. So why would Mark include this particular story of this extravagant act by an anonymous woman in the most crucial part of the Gospel? We know the reactions of those who were present and witnessed her ‘over the top’ act of love for Jesus - judgment, condemnation, wasteful, and inefficient use of resources. I’ve often wondered how someone would have in her possession, a jar of perfume that would be equivalent to one year’s salary! Is this woman the equivalent of a 1st century Kim Kardashian? I confess that I have some instant stereotypes of this kind of person and the way that she frivolously wasted this expensive object, I am pretty sure that I would have responded in like manner if I was at Simon the Leper’s home that day. I suppose that when I have the opportunity to meet this unknown woman, I will need to examine my own heart before greeting her.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:28
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Double Celebration
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:58

An A-B Double Celebration


Last week, we celebrated 16 years of God’s faithfulness to our community at LPC. For those of us who had been here since Day 1, it was a nostalgic trip down memory lane. For the rest, we were able to catch a glimpse of what God had done for the community that we call, “Lord’s Peace Chapel.” Lest we become too carried away, these 16-years pale in comparison to the more than 2000-years-old gospel story of Christ’s journey toward a gloomy week. This was aptly captured by the sermon title, “The Beginning of the End.” In tackling the passage about faith that moves mountains, Pastor John gently taught us that the passage was not about literally moving Whistler Mountain to fall into Georgia Strait, but about the temple at Mount Zion, that would be destroyed. Faith is primarily about replacing the old temple (Legalism with the Law) with the new temple (Christ) so that one can have a new relationship with God.  Such a task from the old to the new is via the way of Christ. We then reaffirmed our covenant together to stay true to God as a community of prayer, who demonstrates mercy and forgiveness to others.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:15
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Journeying to Jerusalem
Written by John Tsang   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:04

Journeying to Jerusalem – Mark 10


For the Israelites, the journey to Jerusalem was a very symbolic and meaningful pilgrimage.  This journey was a reenactment of their ancestors as they travelled from distant lands to Jeruslaem in order to celebrate the Passover, Festival of Weeks, and Feast of Tabernacles (Deut 16:16). In Mark 10:32, it was near the season of Passover and Jesus led his disciples on a journey to Jerusalem.   But this time, Jesus would re-enact the Passover story in a profound way, for Jesus himself would be the lamb who will provide salvation for all people through the shedding of his blood on the cross.  This was a new Passover, a new Exodus, a new way of the kingdom of God.


Martin Kähler, the German theologian, described Mark as “a passion narrative with an extended introduction.”  Everything up to this point in the Gospel of Mark has been told to prepare the reader for what is about to happen.  The central message of the Gospel is to be seen in the suffering, rejection, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   The implications are clear and obvious; Jesus called his disciples to follow him on this journey to Jerusalem and to embrace suffering, rejection, and even death in order to have eternal life.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:08
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