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Biblical theology of ‘calling’ to a ministry

Introduction

        This statement does not ring true as, in my opinion, the Bible carries a lot of examples of how someone is called to a particular ministry (mostly as evangelists) and to be a missionary (or church minister) in some particular place. Now let me start with a biblical theology of the word ‘calling’, before I look at examples of a) individual calling; b) group calling; c) my own calling as a worship pianist; and d) how a person is called to evangelise in a particular place:

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Why a Christian should prefer burial to cremation?

Introduction

       This question is very much close to my heart: as nowadays in Hong Kong, due to a scarcity of land and very expensive burial sites, many deceased Christians have to accept cremation as the only economical mode of burial: It means that after their death, their bones would be placed inside urns for deposit into sealed lockers in cemeteries. As a result, my dear mother had opted for (before her death) a traditional burial instead of cremation, citing only the wicked were burnt in the Old Testament’s time. It showed that she could not fathom how the body after cremated could be resurrected on Christ’s second coming. Therefore, she thought that her body should be kept in a grave during the waiting period. Also, she believed in a Chinese saying that goes: ‘Burial into the soil is peaceful’. But, does it matter, whether a Christian is buried or cremated? Let’s examine what the Bible and others have to say:

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Life and Death

Introduction

Whenever the Chinese people talk about ‘the human soul’, they would associate it with ‘ghost’ – something they would dread to discuss about - as they could not fathom the mystery of the origin of a human soul, which originates from the breath of God in the Garden of Eden. In both the Old and New Testaments, the word ‘soul’ is used with different meanings, which can cause confusion.

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