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December 3, 2015

Greetings, Canaan English ministries members and friends!

Mass Shootings USA Map 2015We live in a time of terror and violence. Though I have strong opinions about who to blame and what could be done, as a Christian, my starting point is the belief that humanity needs to be transformed. One historian has called the United States a “gunslinger nation” because our cultural sanction of violence as a way to resolve conflict.

The story of Christianity in America has been the hopeful struggle to transform American selfish, fearful, and violent tendencies into a nation of peace, love, and justice – especially West of the Mississippi. Christians did this by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and planting churches that were to be salt and light in a brutal world. And for the most part, they succeeded.

But in recent years, something has gone wrong. It’s not just that Christianity is losing its influence in America (it is). Asian American Christians, in particular, are either “circling the wagon” or avoiding church commitments. In the first case, many have become fearful of the unsafe world outside the church. In the second, many have uncritically allowed a narcissistic and consumerist culture to have greater influence than Jesus.

Many of us are finding it impossible to be faithful to our calling to transform the world when we let these approaches dominate us. In fact, we can become dead weight to those who want to be faithful.

As we prepare to receive Jesus, the coming King, during this Advent season, let us stay alert to our calling. Let us be mindful that transformation begins when we yield ourselves to God’s will and live graciously. It begins with us when we learn to truly love as Jesus loved.

See you at church this Sunday!

[All church service at 10 a.m. in Worship Hall 1 and English welcome reception at 11:30 a.m. in Worship Hall 3]

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

Director (volunteer)
Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Asian American Leadership Center

Announcements

  1. Opportunities to Serve in 2016: Please use and refer as many people as possible to our 2016 Canaan English Ministry Service Opportunities webpage: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e44a5ab2c7-2016
  2. Canaan EM Mentor-Discipleship Program – coming soon! Frank Hsueh and Pastor Tim will launch a mentor-match and discipleship program in 2016.
  3. Emerging Leaders Program of the Healthy Church Leaders Initiative is launching! This is a church leadership development ministry that Pastor Tim is leading (as a volunteer) to cultivate leaders who minister to Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Our first program is designed to mentor emerging leaders who are considering vocational ministry. We are looking for 10 participants in our first cohort group. Sign up by December 10th. Have a look at the website: https://healthychurchleaders.wordpress.com/emerge/
  4. Volunteers are needed for Compassion Network’s annual Tree of Hope event that provides Christmas presents to needy kids (13 & under) in Fremont, Union City & Newark next Sunday and Monday (Dec 13 & 14). Contact Felicia Wu [email]
  5. Christmas Musical and Party (Dec 20): We’ll have a special worship service to celebrate Christmas. This will be followed by a party during the second hour. Would you like to coordinate about 30 minutes of activities and the snacks? Let Pastor Tim know [email].
  6. Syrian Refugee Sunday (Jan. 10). Join our church as we learn about, pray for, and do something about the current crisis of refugees from Syria. We will be working with World Vision [website]
  7. Perspectives in World Christianity is offering classes in Mountain View, San Jose, and Livermore, beginning this Jan. 24th. Contact William Effendy for more information [email].
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About Tim Tseng

I'm Pastor of English Ministry at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church (San Jose, CA), independent scholar and theological educator.

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