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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Welcome to my blog

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Dear new readers whether or not you came from the kind link from Sharper Iron: welcome and thanks for dropping by! Do feel free to leave a comment or take a passing glance at my other posts, some of which are listed here:

I. My husband Loy teases me about my "Theologicus" posts! (Humph! :)
Tom Harpur and his Easter heresy
Evidence and the Christian
Why do so many people believe in God?
On theologising the Asian Tsunami disaster
Christian Tsunami Relief: good works with good news...bad?
Testimony from Meulaboh: fact or fiction?
Simply because it is Christian to nurse the sick
Separating the sacred and the secular in worship
What is Contemporary Worship Music? A Review of John Frame's Defense of CWM

II. On Babies, Miraculous gifts from God
Tiniest Surviving Baby
An even tinier baby survives
Surgery on a baby's grape-sized heart

III. On favourite writers and interesting articles
Neil Postman and Canada's Family Literacy Day
C.S. Lewis and The Great Divorce
We have 'no right to happiness'
Are Women Human?
Desperate to be housewives
Our unhealthy obsession with sickness and "wellness"

I hope that this will help give a better idea of topics I'm interested in (if you are interested in knowing...) so that you can see if you would like to come by my blog every now and then and perhaps leave some comments too... I'm currently working on a critique of Joseph Prince's Health and Wholeness through the Holy Communion. The title of his booklet is rather self-explanatory. This is certainly the first time I've heard of someone teaching about the healing powers and purpose of the Lord's Supper (because, supposedly, it is God's will that all Christians be healthy and strong), and claiming that this teaching is scripturally-based and indeed emphasized in the Bible! My contention is simply that this teaching is, firstly, unscriptural (as far as I can honestly see, anyway); and secondly, worth a critique because it claims to be scriptural. I'm not exactly sure of the reach of his booklet and teachings in Singapore on health and wealth, but know that he does have a significant amount of influence over his congregation of more than 10,000 members. Just as good philosophy must exist, if for nothing else, because bad philosophy does (Lewis, "The Weight of Glory"), a biblical critique must exist for bad and misleading theology. I pray that I will be able to do so in a spirit of love and truth.


Blogger cybeRanger said...

Is God's will for us to be healthy?

5:19 AM  
Blogger Elaine Loy said...

For us as individuals, perhaps; but if "us" refers to all Christians, then I'm not sure that there is clear Biblical teaching that the answer is "yes". God is good and He is sovereign. Job who was a righteous man was allowed some very severe testing. We could also ask a somewhat related question of whether it is God's will for all Christians to enjoy long lives (that is, avoid 'premature' death), and here the answer is clear: one New Testament example comes immediately to mind--the first martyr, Stephen.

1:47 PM  
Blogger cybeRanger said...

Job makes known that his fear brought the woes on him. It was fear that pesented him into the devil's hand.

Please read (Job 3:25-26)

Do you know Stephen's heart? Only God knows...

5:55 AM  
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Blogger shadow said...

Look forward to reading your critique!

The thing about false teaching is not just that it is academically or intellectual inaccurate, but that it intentionally leads people to eternal death. By putting their faith in the wrong thing, people's very lives are put at stake. So it's good that you are giving them some warning! :-)

3:36 AM  
Blogger Huichieh said...

Shadow: Elaine did complete the critique (here and the post generated a heap of comments as well...

8:14 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

I just figured that I'd let you know about the Toronto Evangelical Bloggers Brunch coming in January. If you're interested in attending, check out this link: http://ruminationsbythelake.blogspot.com/2005/12/toronto-evangelical-bloggers-brunch.html

God bless,

3:55 PM  
Blogger BeachLover said...

Nice job on your blog! I enjoy reading about Jarvis Street Baptist Church in Toronto since I am a former member. I love the grand auditorium with the wonderful pipe organ. On my last visit, I marvelled once again at the beauty of the sanctuary and the fact that it has stood with determination for the truth for now over 100 years.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aiyoh, why waste time on that? As long as people are save and healed and Jesus is glorified.

Just let the fruits speak for themselves.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Benny Hinn preached on Health through the Holy Communion too.

Heard it in one of his Miracle Crusade in Singapore 2006.

5:52 AM  
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