Blog Slowdown

I’m presently handling a summer class on constitutional law 1 at the University of St. La Salle College of Law this summer – 3 hours a day, 3 times a week, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to teach law again (after almost a year of teaching historical theology at Asian Theological Seminary). These are interesting times to be teaching constitutional law. For example, tonight I’ll be lecturing on separation of powers and of necessity I’ll be touching on the SC’s latest ruling on EO 464. I was up till past midnight trying to finish more than 50 pages of that decision – of course, I do skip a paragraph here and a paragraph there. But I think I got the gist of the whole thing (I hope I did, for the sake of my class!). So nowadays the only books I read are my Bible, David Wells’ Above All Earthly Pow’rs (he’s not easy to read so I have to go slowly), and my books on constitutional law. That means, however, I won’t have enough time to post more often on this blog. At any rate, though there’s going to be a slow down somewhat I intend to post on a number of things soon: EO 464 of course, maybe more on Da Vinci, maybe something on Christian faith and secular open-mindedness and maybe my reaction to David Wells’ book after I finish reading it. We’ll see what happens …

Blessed to Preach

Last night I preached in a hacienda to a group of children and their parents. A number of people raised their hands to indicate that they wanted to receive Christ as their Savior. Today I preached to a group of policemen and after the message some of them thanked me for sharing to them the gospel. There is great joy in preaching the gospel – joy that money can’t buy! No wonder Paul wrote:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

Da Vinci Movie: To See or Not to See?

I fell asleep watching The Gospel of Judas on National Geographic. That was how exciting it was for me. But the next day my sister-in-law and her husband told me they were intrigued by it and started asking questions like "Is the gospel of Judas true?" It dawned on me that for people who are not that familiar with theology, church history and the issues posed by the gospel of Judas something like this can be faith-shaking. Which means I can't afford to consider these things as unimportant; I have to read up on these so that I can be "ready to give an answer."

Which leads me to the Da Vinci code. Again, it's one of those things that ordinarily I do not find interesting enough to get me to lay aside temporarily Calvin, Owen or Barth so as to plunge into Dan Brown instead. But a friend lent me Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and, of course, The Da Vinci Code – required reading for the holy week! What can I do? It was impolite to refuse and he was really excited about lending me those books. Anway, I now think it's a duty to read Dan Brown – a Christian apologetical responsibility, so to speak. By the way, the movie's coming out in May and the question is, "Should I go and watch it?" Frankly, I think I might do just that. But here's a contrary view that makes me hesitate. I'm providing the link to this contrary view for anyone who wants to make up his or her mind. To see or not to see? That is the question!

Thanks!

Today is a special day for me. I’d just like to say thank you to all my friends who greeted me. Above all, I thank God for being so gracious to me, for giving me the gift of life, for providing a Savior for my sins and for giving me meaning and purpose in life. “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?” (Ps. 116:12)

Atty-at-Work on PP 1017

I was planning to write something more on PP 1017 but when I read Fred’s recent take on the matter over at atty-at-work I decided the better and easier thing to do is to refer anyone interested to his post. I enjoyed the reference to Spiderman’s wisdom as something the president can learn from (imagine that! If I were writing the post I would have invoked Alexander Hamilton’s The Federalist), and the distinction between presidential “wise”dom and “wa-is”dom in relation to the whole PP 1017 issue just struck me as a fun but insightful way of putting it – in other words, very wise and wa-is at the same time. Iba ang pinoy!

A Romans 7 Poem

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:14-15)

Dark recesses,
Grave offenses,
Why, my heart is truly hell!
Will is helpless,
All seems hopeless,
God alone can make me well

Wash me whiter,
This my prayer;
Tho’ the devil holds me fast
Thou can sever
and deliver,
Give the victory at last!

O my Master,
Keep me ever;
Save me from this sinful mass.
Flesh will never
Be the victor
If Thy Spirit strengthen us.

Dead I reckon
Self – a lesson
Hard to learn, but learn I must.
Trust God’s reason;
Spirit, lead on!
Do Thou pardon – Thou the Just.

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