BY LUE-YEE TSANG I’m ethnically Chinese, but not Taiwanese, nor mainland Chinese, nor assimilated American – I happen to be Cantonese with relatives mostly from Hong Kong. My concerns, then, are chiefly about neither Taiwan Straits issues nor the West’s interests. Given the prejudices on the field, I ask that the reader set aside for a moment what he believes that I think and ought … Continue reading Olympics, the Church & Critique
BY LUE-YEE TSANG In false promise I’d fain have drunk Th’ immortal milk of man’s peaches. I kissed thy cheek, charging self In holy love. Here I swore ’t, Cut a covenant, to succour thee and t’ uphold: Thou ’rt my kin, Christ’s by faith. I told the tale, with tears in my lungs, Asking my memory: Have I in this time Been useful to you? As the years slip by, I see them … Continue reading Sundering Times
Jesus speaks in Mark 10:2–11 about divorce:
And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
This was hard to understand. At least, it was for the Lord’s disciples. Continue reading “Realities, Not Ideals”
God tells the Israelites in the Mosaic Law:
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 19:9–10; sim. in 23:22)
What characteristics of gleanings can we seek to replicate in our society, which is no longer primarily agrarian and rural? Continue reading “Gleanings in the Modern World”
Having survived the inhuman physical slavery of the 19th century, the political slavery called colonialism of the 20th century, the developing world economic enslavement, we cannot, we dare not, allow ourselves and the millions we represent to be kept in religious and spiritual dungeon.
You read that right: an African called it “slavery”. It wasn’t a Westerner co-opting the word in disrespect for those who have suffered chattel slavery. Continue reading “The Anglican Church and Theological Bondage”
BY LUE-YEE TSANG Many people call God the ﬁrst priority in their lives. Or perhaps they pray, “Lord, help us to make you our ﬁrst priority.” Sounds right. After all, does Jesus not say, “Seek ﬁrst the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33, emphasis mine)? Hold your horses. Read that verse again. This time … Continue reading First Priority?