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  • Faith Vs Reason
    The popular misconception is that faith is opposed to reason.   And so we think that if our faith is to increase, our reason must take a break.  We often mistakenly think that we must fully exercise faith in God without questioning because questioning shows our lack of faith in God’s spoken word and instructions. So the basic premise with which we start is that the Bible is a book of faith, and must be approached solely by faith.  This premise may lead to havi
  • Satanism in Nagaland: Putting it into Perspective
    The boy screeched howling and yowling, “Lucifer is my king” facing the sky. He scratched the floor as hard as a wolf leaving the prints of claws as though of X-Men, yet not a scrape on his fingers or nails. He yelled in hoot and holler, bumping and thumping the floor and the wall whenever the name of Jesus was uttered. He growled and roared as an injured lion at the counsellors when he heard them chanted in tears, “Jesus loves you.” A counsellor drew closer to p
  • Study theology out of Nagaland: DOING IT RIGHT OR WRONG
    The scope, ‘out of Nagaland’ here would mean mainland India. At first glance, this write up may seem extraneous and irrelevant in the popular populace. I would plea, linger longer, you won’t regret to know what you will read, it can save a life (spiritual), a whole heap of money, the spiritual degradation of some churches, and a sabotaging deception. This read will serve and succor you if you, a sibling, a relative, a friend, a church member is aspiring to do theology
  • The Naga who taught Billy Graham Servant-hood
    Lately, I was musing on the thought of Servant-hood. The idea to be an ideal in this virtue itched in me and the impulse pulsed all over my heart. Latterly, the idea got nailed with an incident while travelling in the suburbs of the city, Bangalore. I was on a bus at the bus stand intending to go back to the seminary after the fatiguing weekend ministry. I saw an old lady, she looked familiar intriguing me to mull over where I saw her or met her. She was trying to haul a bucket on the
  • Commoditization of Water in NEI and Biblical Response
    Northeast India is identified as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. This is mainly due to abundant water resources in the region without which various forms of life would not be possible. The region is rich in natural resources, covered with dense forests, with large and small river systems nesting the land and is a treasure house of flora and fauna. The region is covered by the mighty Brahmaputra-Barak river systems and their tributaries. The vast river systems and small rivule
  • A RIGHT VISION OF PROGRESS
    There was a time when people believed that there would be indefinite growth and progress; that humankind is heading for heaven on earth; that we would someday regain the paradise we lost. Armed with an ever-progressing science and technology, they saw that a perfect economy and perfect health were not only a dream, but for a brief time in history at least, it seemed a possible reality.  But with the discovery that earth natural resources will not support indefinite human want and
  • The Happiness of God
    The reason why many young people hesitate to give their lives to God is because they think that the fun in life will also go away along with it.  They think that God is boring.  That’s probably because the Christians they encounter are usually serious and boring.   As they say, don’t judge a book by its cover, our theology should never be formed by observing Christians around us.  There is a documentary film about Christians in America with the titl
  • My God Remembers
    They say that it is over and time to give upBut my God, the author of my fate says,“I have...plans to give you hope and a future.” Time and people may break me downBut my God, the sustainer of every being says,“I made you bold and stout-hearted.” Some things steal my joy of loving and waitingBut my God, who Himself is Love say,“Love always protects, trust, hope, preserve. Love never fails.” Not every day has a happy ending,But my God,
  • COMPASSIONATE RECONCILING JUSTICE
     “Compassionate Reconciling Justice is not simply the opposite of injustice, but it cuts right through erasing and reversing it.”  In today’s world, the idea of justice is confusing, almost chaotic as injustice itself.  This is so because everyone has his or her own expectations and demands on what justice should be like and how it should be served.  Every tribe and every organization, legal or illegal, comes up with their own demands of justice wh
  • THE HOPE OF HUMANKIND FOR PEACE
    Heavens and earth are created by God and are existing by His life, wisdom and power. Human life, wisdom and power are by the life, wisdom and power of God. Living being of human species is humankind and humankind is a family and all human beings irrespective of races, colours and languages are of human family.There is one Creator and the Creator is the LORD and FATHER of human family. Human beings have confusion because of lack of clarity about human relationship with God and about hum
  • From Babel to Pentecost
    Babel (Genesis 11)The Tower of Babel story is a familiar one.  It is familiar because it narrates the history of how we came to be.  And familiar because the story revolves around two things very important to the whole of humanity: building projects and language.  This story was set not far after the Fall of men in the Garden of Eden and the Bible tells us that sin had already penetrated the whole-world.  At the heart of sin is the desire to dethrone God-and this wa
  • James Bailey: A lasting prison prayer
    James Bailey of Jacksonville Florida spent half of his life in prison for drug use, possession and trafficking.In the words of James Bailey:“It’s torment behind the bars because you’re having a mindset that you’re there. But then all of a sudden, deep down in your heart, you want to make it out.” James was raised by his mom. After his father abandoned the family, his mother was forced to work multiple jobs. That gave James plenty of time to get into troubl
  • Christians and Alcohol
    My pastor shared on Facebook yesterday an article on Christians and alcohol that made me uncomfortable. Not because the Holy Spirit was convicting me, but because, in my opinion, lacked grace and it killed actual dialogue on the issue. This will be an issue that will forever be debated among Christians. This prompted me to revive an article I wrote in 2009 on the subject.This wasn't exactly how I pictured re-launching my blog for 2014, but it's interesting to discuss and debate. So wha
  • Preaching the word of God effectively: A Reflection
    We love to listen to dynamic preachers preach on any topic. Though they preach long, it’s just like a short time. But, if the preaching is tedious or boring, we are not interested in listening. If the preaching is not effective, short sermon seems like a long one. So, a preacher wants to preach effectively and the listeners want to listen to interesting and effective sermons. But, how do we make our preaching effective? Obviously, all cannot be good preachers. Some do not have th
  • FOLLOWING JESUS IN AN UNJUST AND VIOLENT WORLD
    Everyone claims to be a Christian today.  At least in Nagaland.  Yet when faced with a great crisis or a strong temptation, we easily give in to the pressures.  We conveniently forget we are Christians and that we follow Jesus.  The question we must ask ourselves often is this: How far are we willing to go in our commitment to follow Jesus? All the way till the end, or do we feel cowed down by the forces of the world to compromise and lay aside our Christianity to p
  • Christmas with a Difference
    In a world of business and entertainment, the secular world does better in celebration. I don’t need to tell you that this season is the best for business world. Look at the advertisement world—they have capitalized on our Christmas hymns to entertain us. Think of the songs “It Came Upon Midnight Clear,”  “Silent Night and Holy Night” and “Away in a Manger” and many more…. These are the songs you hear everywhere you go. They so
  • December Dazzle
    “Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending Heof the things that are, that have beenand that future years shall see, evermore and evermore.”About 1500 years ago Aurelius Prudentius Clemens penned these texts in Latin. Today the hymn is known as “Of The Father’s Love Begotten” or “Of The Father’s Heart Begotten.”Perhaps this is one of the most ancient Christmas songs tha
  • Christ the Hope of a Blessed Time
    When That Day Comes…In the Pre-Christian Judaism, the concept of the coming of the messiah was held in highest regard. Many prophets spoke of the day of Yahweh; Isaiah, Zephaniah (3.9), Zechariah (9.9), Malachi (3.1b), etc.  Prophet Isaiah says that the Messiah will come of Davidic stock (11.1) and he will be filled with the spirit of Yahweh which also is the spirit that moves the prophets (11.2). He will establish in society that ‘integrity’ which is the reflect
  • Christmas The Mighty Littleness
    Christmas – the very word warms and balms our hearts, bringing in the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that wraps our hearts and our surroundings. It weaves a spell of nostalgia in our hearts; a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything and everyone we have ever loved. There is nothing sadder in this festive season than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. During Christmas we are not celebrating a world being magically altered
  • ENRICH PHOTOGRAPHY MINISTRY
    Putting to use the gift and talent of graphic design and photography (L) I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:11. (M) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1. (R) We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped! Our help