Friday, 30 April 2010

it is an awesome time to do OT studies at STM now

the reb is going to tell you all that it is an awesome time to do OT studies at STM now. why is it so?
well, take a look below at who's who in the OT department:

rev dr paul barker (former vicar and OT specialist)
PhD (Gloucester)
studied under prof gordon wenham (gloucester)
areas: Deuteronomy, OT general, biblical theology, OT theology, preaching, expository preaching

dr peter lau (former medical doctor and OT specialist)
PhD (Sydney)
thesis examined by prof gordon wenham
areas: ruth, history and theology of the exile, literary criticism

rev anthony loke (aka the reb)(jack of all trades, master of ...)
PhD candidate (OCMS, Wales)
supervised by prof hugh g.m. williamson (oxford) and dr philip johnston (cambridge)
areas: isaiah, psalms, wisdom literature, prophets, OT general, hebrew language

and if you thought that's all, we have two more in the chinese department who are bilingual:

pastor elaine goh (aka the reb's first disciple)(former pastor and OT specialist-to-be)
DTheol (SEAGST) candidate
being supervised by prof seow choon leong (princeton)
areas: wisdom literature, psalms, isaiah, OT general, hebrew language

and lastly, not to forget multi-talented OT scholar and missiologist,
rev dr philip siew (pastor, OT specialist, and missiologist)
PhD (Fuller)
supervised by dr peter wagner (fuller)
areas: OT general, prophets, psalms, wisdom literature, hebrew language, missions, evangelism, preaching

now, didn't the reb tell you again that it is an awesome time to do OT studies in STM?

Thursday, 29 April 2010

seminar on 'The Problem of Pain: Solutions from the Book of Job'

this saturday the reb will be doing a whole day seminar called 'The Problem Called Pain: Solutions from the Book of Job' at holy light lutheran church salak south KL. then, preaching the next morning at 8.30am in the church english congregation on 'Skin for Skin' based on Job 2:1-8.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Legion, Gabriel, and hasatan

in the movie, Legion, the angels gabriel and michael fought each other after they find themselves on opposing sides! how much truth is there in all this angelogy stuff? especially those shaped by hollywood? or those shaped by over 2,000 years of church tradition?

does the devil really look like this?

below is a good article on angel gabriel as well as on the topic of angelology in the bible:

p.s. those taking  the OT wisdom literature class for 2nd semester 2010, you will come across the term hasatan (or commonly translated as Satan in english translations) in the book of Job.

who is this hasatan? fallen angel? god's messenger? god's agent? accuser? god's adversary? the tempter? unsure?

go and read everson's article.

deuteronomy - the God who keeps promises

my OT colleague, rev dr paul barker, studied under prof gordon wenham at gloucester. paul has written a small book on Deuteronomy which is something along the lines of his PhD thesis. the book is selling for RM16 and available from STM book service. the book came a bit late for his public lecture at CTEE Luther House PJ. the book is also available in chinese as it was translated and printed in taiwan.

anyone interested? we can make arrangements.