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’ve missed my last two biweekly posts due to work commitments and a seasonal bout with the flu but I am happy to be back with the Infocus team on a weekly basis till the end of the session. From the basis of page views and comments – it looks like many people have been contributing in some way, shape or form to the purpose of Infocus – “to develop the Australian blogosphere, to cultivate serious and useful discussion, and to develop a generation of readers, thinkers, and theologians.” It would seem that our most fervent discussion grows out of our differences. Posts on Bible versions, Calvinism, or Standards (BCS for short?) attract the widest readership and the most comments. The fact that we have both differences and vigorous discussion highlights the robustness of the Christian fait... Read more
This quote from Tim Keller’s The Reason for God has really challenged my thinking over the past two weeks: "A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the proving questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection. Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts - not only their own but their friends' and neighbors'. It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them. Only if you str... Read more
I remember the day as if it was yesterday. It was my first day in high school (Year 7 for international readers) and my whole world was changing. In primary school, you reach the top of the food chain in Year 6 only to start again at the bottom in high school. At the end of the day, there was one constant – Mum would be waiting for me in the pick up line. For the next six years, we would have many talks on the road to and from North Parramatta. I never fully realised how much time and effort she invested in the driving process until I got my license and started to drive to school myself. Our conversations would vary greatly. I remember telling my mother about an elaborate practical joke in Year 8 in great detail only to have her ask about how I would feel if the joke was played on m... Read more
A few weeks ago I stood under a large 16 metre gum tree with an arborist and local council officer. I couldn’t fault anything with the tree… but then again, I don’t known anything about trees. The two professionals were so alarmed by the tree that they created an exclusion zone around the tree and ordered for it to be cut down immediately. I returned when the tree was cut down to see what all of the fuss was about. The base of the tree was rotten to within 15 cm of the outside bark. You could put your foot into the heart of the tree and scrap out the termites nest that was happily eating away at the base of the tree. Now I understood – a tree that looked perfectly healthy on the outside was actually rotting on the inside. John Piper, in a recent post, said “It is sheer madness to beli... Read more
I love reading. I read (on average) one to two books per month and almost every day I read a bucket load of news and opinion across the internet. My most recent book was Lou Gerstner's Who Says Elephants Can't Dance and I am currently reading In the Plex by Stephen Levy. On the theological side, I have just discovered that you can own the complete works of AW Tozer via Logos and I would love to continue my journey into the works of one of the great 20th century Christian authors. On the audio side, I am currently working through the iTunes podcasts on Tim Keller. But there's just one problem. You can see that reading is a big part of my life but what about the Bible? Yes - just the Bible by itself without a dive into the exegetical notes or a sidestep onto the 9Marks Blog. While thi... Read more