Greetings from Jakarta, a city I (John) generally avoid like the dentist. I am at the guest house owned by the Indonesian Communion of Churches with a small working group who are designing a workshop on environmental awareness and advocacy for local congregations.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 2:1-11
Prayers for Indonesia:
God of truth and justice, we pray for Indonesia in its struggle to heal the wounds of past oppression and to overcome the endemic corruption that sickens public life and robs the people of the resources that could bring them a better life. We thank you for the courage of those who put their lives and livelihoods at risk to seek justice, and for the bonds of friendship, patience, and tolerance that enable Muslims and Christians to work together in peace.
Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Gereja Kristen Sumba (STT GKS) is a Theological School built by GKS (Christian Church of Sumba) in 2007 and is located in Lewa, East Sumba.Read more
Gereja Kristen Sulawesi Barat (formerly: Gereja Protestan di Sulawesi Selatan – GPSS) was established as a church on October 31, 1977. This church was initially part of Gereja Toraja Mamasa (GTM). The division which took place in 1977 was merely caused by non-theological factors, as was also the case of other churches in Indonesia.Read more
Gereja Kristen Sumba (GKS), the church of the Lord in the land of Sumba, conducts ministry in the midst of the social and economic life of the people of Sumba.Read more
Institute DIAN/Interfidei was established on December 20, 1991 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, notarized under document no. 38 (de jure). It was publicly launched as an institution (de facto) on August 10, 1992. The founders of the Institute are the late Th. Sumartana, Ph.D., the late Rev. Eka Darmaputera, Ph.D., Daniel Dhakidae, Ph.D., the late Zulkifly Lubis, and Djohan Effendi, Ph.D.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 8:27-38
Prayers for Indonesia:
Gracious God, we give thanks that you have gathered together people from many tribes, traditions, and languages to be one nation. You have given them bountiful resources on land and sea. Teach them and us to use your gifts more wisely, to stop the burning of tropical rainforest for the sake of palm oil plantations, the expropriation of tribal lands to serve corporate greed, and the destruction of coral reefs. Save the people of Indonesia from the scourge of human trafficking, the crippling effects of corruption, a legal system that allows profound violations of human rights to go unpunished, and a distorted democracy that serves only the interests of the wealthy and powerful. Whether we call on you in the name of Christ or of Allah, we share one earth and one common humanity. Unite us also in one faith. We rely on your Grace. Amen.
Túnicas blancas y aceite de palmas
Llamando Jesús a un niño, lo puso en medio de ellos y dijo: —De cierto os digo que si no os volvéis y os hacéis como niños, no entraréis en el reino de los cielos. Mateo 18: 2,3
Luego de años de disfrutar de su reputación como un lugar fuera de la vía donde nunca pasa nada, el área de Luwuk en Timor Occidental está experimentando la rápida destrucción de los bosques nativos por plantaciones de palma aceitera. Recientemente se celebró un seminario de educación cristiana allí.Read more
As I write to you, we are in between semesters at Artha Wacana Christian University, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean we have a break. I still have 75 sermons to read from last semester in order to turn in my grades, and thesis supervision for those who are rushing to make deadlines for graduation later this month. I am also acutely aware that this next semester will be my last before retirement. The University has a mandatory retirement age of 65, and I will reach that golden age in June. I will continue teaching in the graduate program for at least another year, because they still need my doctorate to help fulfill accreditation standards. By that time we hope one or two faculty members currently doing doctoral study will return and I can well and truly retire.Read more
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18: 2,3Read more