Jeremy Kwok Articles 46
Jeremy grew up in Sydney before moving to the United States for tertiary studies. Jeremy completed the BA, MA (History), and M.Div degrees before returning to Australia with his wife Debbie. He currently works for Christian Education Ministries, a company that owns and operates private schools.
I was listening to a Yale lecture on American history this afternoon and the professor referenced Jonathan Edwards and his most famous sermon - "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God." She took time to read a section from the text so that everyone could get an audible "Jonathan Edwards moment." I enjoyed the reading and I found myself asking the question - have I read the sermon? I'm sure at some point in the past several years I've read it but I don't remember anything about it (begging the question - have I actually read it?). Have you ever had this experience? Then I started thinking about all of the famous texts that have been used to spark debate and discussion in the church. These are texts that often get referenced in passing but are rarely discussed in detail. So I thought you... Read more
I enjoyed visiting St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Newtown (Sydney) on Saturday for a wedding. The church was constructed in the 1870s by Edmond Blacket. You would probably be more familiar with his “other” designs – The University of Sydney and St. Andrews Cathedral. While waiting for the wedding to start I took some notes on what I saw around me in the building: The church seating reminded me of the family box pews found in Europe and America. I remembered the story of Charles Simeon – a minister who faced significant opposition from his congregation in the form of locking the pews to stop people from worshipping. At the base of the box pews were foldable prayer benches with no padding at all. I could not imagine kneeling on these benches (have we grown soft?). There was a series o... Read more
I highly recommend this video about an American Airlines pilot who was scheduled to fly on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Centre. The story is a powerful reminder of redemption and the grace of God. I recommend the following articles on the anniversary event: Time Magazine - What took so long? NY Times - Artists Reflect Video Read more
I attended a Christian school in Sydney for the majority of my K-12 schooling years. Recently, someone asked me answer this question: "How do you know that you attended a Christian school?" I've thought through the question and in relation to my experience at the school I could answer it this way: The school name had a reference to Christian virtues and a denomination. The insignia I wore had Christian iconography on it. The staff members were (to my knowledge) all Christian and attending the same church. Class time included time for prayer, formal doctrine classes, and chapel time. There was a strong Christian ethos in the school. General classroom conversation could include elements relating to the Christian worldview. I had many faith-based conversations with my teachers and most of m... Read more
I remember the first time I saw a data projector used in a church service. The unit was the size of a carry-on piece of luggage and it also acted as a convergence device with a built in VCR! Today, you would be hard pressed to find a church without some integration of a data projector into the worship or teaching time. Here are some suggestions for data projection software in church: Powerpoint/Keynote – Both Microsoft and Apple have presentation software that can be adapted for church use. They have the best feature set and graphic options for presentations. You can create video announcements and dynamic slides if you combine iMovie (live motion) and Keynote (still frames). You’re looking at $100 for the Apple iWork suite or $150+ for different versions of Microsoft Office. Ultima... Read more