We’ve been spending the summer in LA, visiting family and friends, and Benjamin has been having a blast — particularly playing with his cousin Logan, nearly 3 years his elder. They remind me of my brother and myself, and we’re also 3 years apart. Though we hoped Benjamin would learn to say more words while playing with his cousin, Logan seems to have regressed and has begun to speak the same babbles as Benjamin! Read the rest of this entry »
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Yesterday, we arrived in LA (and, next week, headed to Vancouver) to visit family and attend my company’s annual retreat. My parents have been so excited playing with the little guy – which really brings much pride to myself (not that I have done anything… except being partly responsible for his very existence… minor things like that). As he is going to celebrate his first year birthday in a few weeks’ time, it’s a bit funny that there have been very few occasions when I have really felt like I have been a father to him. I know it sounds weird, but it’s true. Part of this is because Betty spends most of her time with her – devoting TONS of herself to help him to flourish at such a young age (his calculus skills are still developing, but he’s getting there). I think there were two times when I really felt like I was a father to Benjamin. Read the rest of this entry »
Since Benjamin was born last December, people have begun to ask me “How does it feel like to be a father?” Usually, I reply that I don’t do as much as Betty and that she is perhaps more of a mother than I am a father. Yet, yesterday I began to wonder… should there be more to it then that, even when he is at this young age? Read the rest of this entry »
|Day Zero||Three Months Old|
It’s been about three months now since Benjamin was born… and our lives have changed quite a bit. Physically, he has gained about five pounds (now 12.8 lbs) and now stretches a bit over 2 feet long. Temperament-wise, he has improved too. He’s feeding better, sleeping better, and shares a smile or giggle when he’s in a good mood. Read the rest of this entry »
My wife Betty is near the end of her 37th week of pregnancy now. In expectation of our first child, we have been preparing, waiting, taking classes, reading books and sewing (well, the last two are more her). The more I reflect on this time, the more I realise how much the pregnancy process points to the work of another – that is, God.
Betty and I have been married for THREE years now and it has really gone by fast! Yet at the same time, it does feel like three long years. Read the rest of this entry »
Perhaps one of the most difficult questions posed to Christianity is how a good and all-powerful God can allow great natural disasters to occur. This, I would say, is a mystery that most Christians (including myself) have a really hard time dealing with. However, on the flip side, the way people have responded to recent crises has, for me, given a hefty argument for the existence of God. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week, I attended a two-day conference at Birmingham University in honour of the philosopher John Hick. If you are not familiar with the man, he considers himself a liberal Christian and claims that “the different religions, with all their manifest differences and undeniable incompatibilities of belief, can be on an equal level as different complexes of belief and practice within which their adherents can find salvation.” In other words, Jesus is not the only way — people can reach salvation through other means. On the first day of the conference, scholars from around the world discussed the philosophy of this man, most in great admiration. To begin the second and last day, Hick himself began a session by asking the delegates to discuss the question of social concern. In the 1970s, when he first came to Birmingham, he was an activist who brought together people of all faiths to resolve the prevalent racial tensions of his day. It is perhaps in this context that the man’s personal theology moved from an “evangelical” conviction to where he is now.
Now, throughout that session, several delegates discussed this question and repeatedly there was the critique against “conservative Christians” or “evangelicals” who have not cared about society. On the one hand, as an evangelical myself, I was a bit offended by the attacks levied by those in attendance. On the other hand, I must confess that conservative Christianity has not been on the forefront of the social problems this world faces. Historically speaking, conservatives have shunned away from social reconstruction and emphasised an individualised, spiritual reconstruction. This world is fleeting and not of our concern — we must simply save souls. What I find additionally interesting is that, while I cannot agree with Hick’s thinking, I have to say that his theology has given him the philosophical impetus to engage the society and work towards remedying the groans of the cosmos (Romans 8:22). Read the rest of this entry »
Many people don’t know that my parents were born and raised in Burma (also known as Myanmar). So while I ate a lot of Chinese food growing up, my mom also made several awesome Burmese dishes. My all-time favourite is called Ohno Kaukswe (Ohno = coconut; Kaukswe = soup). And just this week, Betty and I made it for the first time! You can read the recipe here.