牧师的话 From Pastor’s Desk

 

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Praise the LORD, I had opportunity to visit Philly Zoo this Monday. I saw many many many monkeys: some with long tail, some with fluffy tail, some with strong tail (bigger than its arms!), etc. and I was so amazed by God’s creation. I prayed, Lord, how abundant are thy works! I am humbled knowing my ignorance of many other works of God.
感谢主!這個星期有機會到動物園走走,看到各式各樣的猿猴,有些尾巴很長、有些尾巴比手臂還粗、有些尾巴的毛多得像把扇子、真是令人驚訝。我想,世界上有多少東西始我們還不知道的呢?每次讀聖經,看到一個亮光,不只是眼光大開、感恩讚美,而立刻謙卑讚嘆,說:主啊!是不是還有更多我們不知道的東西?(答案:當然!)Then as I walked, I came to see a special bear: Black Bear of Pennsylvania. Well, the amazing fact is, Pennsylvania Black Bear can be black, brown, and even white in color (Duh?) It took a while before zoologist realized all these different color bears are actually the same species. Well, weren’t there some theologians believe that black people are descendant of Ham, and should be cursed? (Duh? Don’t they know all men are sinners? There is one one “species”?)
走著走著,在動物園看到了一個賓州的特產,只有賓州才有的美國黑熊。這次,有一個更令人驚訝的發現,原來賓州黑熊可以是黑色、棕色、甚至是白色。動物學家跌破眼鏡,原先以為是好幾種不同的熊,後來發現其實根本是同一種。感謝主,這些專家曉得自己的眼鏡會破,但是,破了沒關係,把有色眼鏡換掉,就更接近真理了。想想,一百五十年前有些神學家認為「黑人是含的後裔,所以應該受咒
詛,作奴隸是應該的;況且我們該順服政府,不應該反對奴隸法」。現在看來,真是令人哭笑不得。Sometimes we behave like Monday morning quarterback. We said, “Of course! It’s so obvious! How come the theologians, zoologist don’t see it? Do we really need so much knowledge?” Well, these people forgot it’s, after all, zoologists found Penn Black Bears are not black only; and it’s, after all, theologians (Moses, Paul, Princeton, Westminster, etc.) argued convincingly that slaves (of sin), curse of sin are not for certain people, but for the entire human race.
以前我在學生團契常聽到有人放馬後炮「哈!這麼簡單,怎麼不知道?黑貓白貓都是貓,我不是動物學家也知道;黑人白人都是人,我不是神學家也知道。」那麼,有人就提倡神學無用、知識無用(學什麼動物學、黑熊白熊還分不清?)。不過,這些人忘記了,找出賓州黑熊有多種顏色的,其實還是動物學家;找出無論紅黃黑白棕色人都是罪人的,也是神學家(摩西、保羅、普林斯頓、西敏)。神並沒有要我們輕看神學家,也沒有要我們輕看知識。事實上,神禁止我們輕看任何人。CMF (Chinese Minister Fellowship) announced a active cult at NE Philly area. Its called Good News Mission or Good News Church. They appear to be objective at first, “Oh, have open mind,” but they are indeed asking you to give up biblical reasoning. Once you fall into their trap, they quickly start brainwashing you with heretical doctrines. So be aware! James 3:13-18 tells us that one character of true heavenly wisdom is “open to reason.”
費城華人牧師團契這星期發佈一個異端(好消息教會、Good News Mission、Good News Church)已經在東北費開始活躍。這個異端首先邀請大家倒空自己,存著開放的心接受任何新的教導(這聽起來都很正常啊!但是他們的重點是要各位放棄理性、放棄思考)然後開始進行洗腦。我於是想起 5/17 我們還在講《羅馬書》12章關於謙卑的主題時,我們引用了《雅各書》3:13-18,其中,屬靈智慧的特質之一就是「可以討論(open to reason)」,這應該是一個正統信仰的特質。Therefore I decide to have two office hours (Sunday 1:30-3:00 at church, Tuesday morning 9:00-12:00 by phone). This is time for any question, prayer request, or anything you would like to let me know or to discuss with. Of course, emergency is not limited to these time slots.
因此,一方面我希望在成人主日學開班後我們可以有更多討論的機會,另一方面我想從現在開始,定下兩個時間 Office Hour:主日1:30-3:00在教會;週二上午 9:00-12:00 電話聯繫。如果您有事,或是想禱告、想聊聊,可以找我。其他時間 emergency 也都行。(有人說「牧師不是很閒嗎?怎麼才給大家這一點時間?」呵呵,其實除了正式聚會時間以外,我固定有好幾個小時探訪、傳福音、預備主日講道、寫牧師的話、聯繫教會、等等的時間。呵呵,那些只是「固定」的時間喔,還有不固定的呢…. ^_^ 如果有人羨慕牧師很閒,歡迎好好尋求神,看看您是不是要全職服事 ^_^ 一定祝福滿滿!好,不開玩笑了。願神賜福各位。)This coming Lord’s Day, we will continue Romans 13:8-10 with vv.11-14. The topic is Light and Darkness.
這兩個主日,我們要延續《羅馬書》13:8-10,進入11-14節這段偉大的經文「光與暗」系列:8/9當趁早睡醒、8/16愛人如己。