National Heroes’ Day

As I opened Facebook, it dawned on me that today is National Heroes’ Day; a day on which we commemorate the fearless acts of sacrifice done by our Filipino heroes – if one is a citizen in the Philippines. One could think through the initial reading of this blog post that I should suppose to know this day because I’m a Filipino. For that I’m sorry because I never tried to intentionally put it into mind. I’m really awful in remembering dates; this forgetfulness gets me into trouble a lot of times. This flaw is obviously seen in the title of this blog post.

{A friend just told me after publishing this blog post that today is Bonifacio Day and not National Heroes’ Day. Though that is the case, I hope that you’d look beyond my mistake and still try to finish reading this blog post. 🙂 You’ve just witnessed how my forgetfulness and clumsiness have gotten me into trouble. :D}

I wrote this blog post not because of the significance of the acts that they did and the related effect that it had on the legacy of the Filipino people but primarily for this dawning realization: that all of us have our own heroes whether we admit or not. These are people whom we admire; people whose lives are exemplary. We make them as road maps in order for us to somehow know how to live in the future; these people might be your father, mother, that great rhetorician, and the like.

In light of this, I just want to share to you my heroes. 🙂 Kindly bear this idiosyncrasy of mine; I love to share what I know to people. Sometimes, I get into trouble because of it but I hope in this instance that it would be a blessing to you rather than a curse. 🙂

These are the heroes of my faith: the Christian faith. I just want to commend certain characteristics that struck me the most about them. The information that are in here are but a dull glimpse of them so if they interest you, kindly take the time to learn more about them. 🙂

Saint Augustine (354 to 430)

“You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You. (The Confessions of Saint Augustine)”

I deeply admire his rhetorical ability and how God used Him for the faith. Before he became a Christian, he was a teacher of rhetoric. I think this is the main reason why he had defended brilliantly the Christian faith against heresies that plagued the church; one of which is Pelagianism.

John Owen (1616 to 1683)

“On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world. It will become to me like something dead and putrid, impossible for me to enjoy.” (The Glory of Christ)

His love for Christ and His glory is really exemplary – all because of the grace of God – in spite of His achievements. For me, he’s one of the finest Puritan theologian in his time. He is so focused in meditating the person of Christ (the study of the human and divine natures, teachings, and work of Jesus Christ). He didn’t want to try to think of anything else but Christ for he thought that the mere thought of other trivial things was futile.

John Calvin (1509 to 1564)

“My heart I give Thee, Lord, eagerly and earnestly.”(2)

I think he’s the figure in the Christian faith who has been deeply misrepresented and bashed. Calvin was inherently a scholar. Put him in a cave with his books and his pen and he’d be the happiest person on earth. He is somewhat shy. We could say that he’s an introvert. Though this is the case, he has systematically preached with boldness the Word of God in his time. He’s one of the finest expositors of the Christian faith because of his marvelous ability to systematize doctrines and concepts and principles in the Bible. He produced many volumes of commentary on most of the books of the Bible. “For the Old Testament, he published commentaries for all books except the histories after Joshua (though he did publish his sermons on First Samuel) and the Wisdom literature other than the Book of Psalms. For the New Testament, he omitted only the brief second and third epistles of John and the Book of Revelation. These commentaries, too, have proved to be of lasting value to students of the Bible, and they are still in print after over 400 years.”(1) In spite of his intellectual prowess, we can’t deny the fact that his heart displays that it’s yielded to God.

Clives Staples Lewis (1898 to 1963)

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.” (Mere Christianity)

I deeply admire his ability to provide articulate analogies to explain the faith. He’s one of the finest Christian thinkers in his time and in my judgment we could still consider him as one of the Christian thinkers of our generation. His works have stood the test of time. And not only that, in spite of his piercing persuasive ability, he still remains to be humble and gentle. One could immediately observe it in his writings.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 to 1892)

“I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes—that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens—that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses. The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence— the fall of sere leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.” (3)

Last but not the least is Spurgeon; he has a towering intellect. He can do impromptu preaching. In spite of his intellectual prowess, he’s not self-willed but is dependent to God; he’s a man of prayer.

It’s good to have heroes, as a matter of fact, the author of Hebrews in Hebrews 13:7 exhorts the readers of the epistle to:

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

But, we also need to caution ourselves to exalt them so highly at the expense of the glory of Jesus Christ. All of them deeply desire for people to know the greatest Hero of all and He is Jesus Christ.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Luke 19:10, NASB)

Let’s try to imitate their faith and not forget to point people to Christ – the greatest Hero of all. Jesus is the only one who saves those who would repent from their sins and trust in Him as their Savior and Lord. He saved the elect from the wrath of God because He bore their sins on His body at the cross and God the Father poured out the wrath that his people deserve upon His most beloved Son because He desires that you might have a saving relationship with Him. He also lived the life that He alone could live so that His perfect righteousness would be imputed, transferred, or credited to those who come to Him by grace alone through faith alone in Him alone. The Father now sees His people as perfectly righteous for they’re dressed in the righteousness of Christ – not by their works for it’s just filthy rags.

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Solus Christus

Christ alone


(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Calvin_bibliography

(2) http://www.ligonier.org/blog/theologian-ages-john-calvin/

(3) https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2010/07/11/spurgeon-on-the-extent-of-gods-sovereignty/

I choose You

Good read 🙂

On this day, five years ago, I woke up not knowing what happened the night before. I got way too drunk on home made rum cola due to a broken heart. (thanks for the memories, Facebook)

Today, I woke up with vivid memories of what happened not just yesterday, but everything over the last three days. After three months, I went up the prayer mountain again, with nothing but a confused longing heart.

I am not really the type who would go all emotional on things. But this weekend, I found myself crumbling into pieces, being fragile and vulnerable at its best. Gone is my perceived ‘pa-strong’ and ‘pa-logical’ self. There I was, letting go, getting broken, finding comfort and strength in the Lord.

It has been so liberating to allow yourself to wallow in your brokenness before Jesus. I lost it when this truth hit me: “Kate, I…

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Reading Different Theological Traditions

Good read. 🙂

each thought captive

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, has many great one-liners. He’s gained wisdom through his years in life and ministry. Keller had this to say about reading:

When you listen and read one thinker, you become a clone… two thinkers, you become confused… ten thinkers, you’ll begin developing your own voice… two or three hundred thinkers, you become wise and develop your voice. (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/246271-when-you-listen-and-read-one-thinker-you-become-a)

I’d like to take a moment and step back so as to apply this quote to reading various theological traditions. Let me explain why I believe this is important (or, has been important in my own life).

I was raised in a conservative United Methodist church. While I don’t remember a great deal of theological instruction from the church, I can now think back through my theological lens and see why they did “church” the way they did. After my parents died during my…

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