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Taiwan Church News

3389 Edition

February 6 - 12, 2017

Church Ministry

 

The Event Of "Cycling For A Free Tibet" Launched In Taiwan

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

At 9:30 a.m. on February 1, a group of cyclists, including NPP lawmaker Freddy Lim and Covenants Watch's chief executive officer Ms Hwang Yi-bi and etc., carrying a big Tibetan national flag, rode toward Liberty Square after they had assembled at 228 Peace Memorial Park.

Responding to the event of "Cycling For A Free Tibet", initiated by Mr Tashi Tsering, the founder of the Welfare Society for Tibetans in Taiwan and the Human Right Network for Tibet and Taiwan, this cycling event in Taiwan also marks the 7th anniversary of this campaign for Tibetan human rights commemorating the persecuted Tibetans over 1.2 million people were killed, murdered, raped and tortured and 6000 monasteries destroyed since 1949 and looking forward to a free Tibet in the future.

Mr Tashi Tsering said the purpose of this cyclist event in Taiwan is to explain to the Chinese tourists or foreign visitors at Taipei about the Chinese communist's severe persecution in Tibet. Mr Tashi Tsering firmly believed, even the Chinese could understand the pleas of the Tibetans if there is chance to dialogue with them, that the meaning of "cycling" in this event suggests a nuance of persistent nonstop to fight for human rights in Tibet!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

To invite more people to learn the Chinese communist's cruel persecution and oppression of the Tibetan human rights since their notorious 1949 invasion, over 1.2 million Tibetans were killed, murdered, raped, and tortured and over 6,000 monasteries were destroyed, the 7th anniversary of "Cycling For A Free Tibet", initiated by Tashi Tsering from 2011, launched at Taipei, Taiwan on 1 February, 2017.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3389 Edition

February 6 - 12, 2017

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Taiyuan Incident Masqueraded As Siro Heroes To Wake Up Taiwanese Souls

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

In order to let more people to understand the first ever event of Taiwanese Independence movement, Taiyuan incident, a historical drama entitled as «Siro Heroes -- Taiyuan Incident» will be launched at National Taiwan Arts Education Center on February 25 and 26. Siro Heroes is directed by Ms Chang Ming-tsuen and scripted by a group of college graduated students majored in theatrical arts from National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of The Art.

In between 1960 and 1970, there were roughly two kinds of political prisoners jailed in the Taiyuan Prison at Taitung county: prisoners inclined to uphold Taiwan independence were called Siro (meaning "white" in the Japanese); prisoners inclined to unite with China were called Aka (meaning "red" in the Japanese).

Since 1968, some radical Siro prisoners had started to plan a guerrilla uprising, intending to take over the firearms, occupy the radio station and broadcast a Taiwan Independence Statement at Taiyuan Prison. On 8 February 1970, six Siro political prisoners, including Cheng Chin-ho, Chen Liang, Jian Tien-tsen, Cheng Zeng-chen, Hsei Tong-rong and Jiang Bing-hsing, launched their revolutionary campaign as planed previously but failed unfortunately. Five Siro heroes were sentenced to death and executed on 30 May 1970. The only survivor was Hsei Tong-rong and he now lives in Lin-Koh District of New Taipei City.

According to Taiwan Nationalist Alliance, one of the organizers of this historical drama, the performance of this drama is an unprecedented trial to put public such a sensitive uprising for Taiwan independence. The only purpose of performing «Siro Heroes -- Taiyuan Incident» is to wake up Taiwan society to learn and treasure the legacies of this historical event, how our forebear fathers protect our beautiful home land and fight against foreign regime in bare hands, as this is the place in which our Taiwanese souls reside, says Taiwan Nationalist Alliance.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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3389 Edition

February 6 - 12, 2017

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Yunlin Lantern Festival Shined The Love Of God

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

On February 5, within the religious lantern district of 2017 Yunlin Lantern Festival's Site, a Christian service of blessing and prayer was held. Mr Lee Chin-yun, Magistrate of Yunlin County Government and a member of Fu-Wei Presbyterian Church of Chia-yi Presbytery, was specially invited to deliver his thanks-giving and good wishes to the visitors from across the island.

"Though the process of bidding to operate this lantern festival in Yunlin is full of difficulty, due to a limited financial budget and material resources", Magistrate Lee remarked, "I am very appreciated to innumerable support and prayer from so many country folks, especially to the amazing grace from our Lord. Wish His blessing kept pouring down on this beautiful land!".

To shown their most beautiful lantern designs and sincere blessings to this land and the people, many Yunlin's local churches took part in this lantern festival including PCT's Chia-yi Presbytery, Roman Catholic Diocese of Kiayi, Fu-chi Church of Dou-nan Township, and many others.

Dr Wang Yi-Lian, an associate professor of theatrical art of National Sun Yat-sen University and an Elder of Hou-Bi Presbyterian Church, was commissioned by PCT Chia-yi Presbytery to design three thematic lanterns, entitled as "This world's true light", "The five loaves and the two fish", and "Fish for people", in order to attract more people to learn the good news from God's love.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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3388 Edition

January 30 - February 5, 2017

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A Retro Replica of Taiwan's First Printing Machine And Three New Books Showcased At 2017 Taipei International Book Exhibition

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

To introduce to Taiwan public the first printing machine, which had served Taiwan church and society since 1885, Taiwan Church Press(TCP) starts to exhibit a specially manufactured retro replica of this printing machine at the 2017 Taipei International Book Exhibition(TiBE) dated from February 8 to 13. As to the original printing machine, it is now well preserved in the school history museum of Chang Jung High School at Tainan.

Except a live curatorial guidance of TCP's replica printing machine will be presented at TiBE site, i.e. B1124 of general publisher in Hall 1 of Taipei World Trade Center at 8:00 p.m. on February 10 and 3:00 p.m. on February 11 & 12 respectively, TiBE visitors can also experience an actual operation of this retro replica printing machine to learn how this still living church newspaper was printed out materially 130 years ago to move Taiwan society forward!

In the meantime, two new books: In the Beginning Were Stories, Not Texts: Story Theology and Paul the Outstanding Apostle written by the renown Taiwan theologian C. S. Song, and one new book of modern Taiwan church history entitled as Joseph and His Brothers by Theology Professor Chin Ken Pa, are launched by TCP to meet Taiwan readers interested about Christian theology and Taiwan Church history.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

A specially manufactured retro replica of Taiwan Church Press's first printing machine starts to be showcased at B1124 of general publisher in Hall 1 of Taipei World Trade Center for Taipei International Book Exhibition(TiBE) dated from 8 to 13 February, 2017.

 
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3387 Edition

January 23 - 29, 2017

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"How Biblical Interpretation Started The Reformation?", A Seminar Attracted Full-Seated Audience At Kaohsiung's Sin Pink Pier

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

To reflect the historical meaning of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for Taiwan's citizen society in 2017, Café Philo held a seminar entitled as "How biblical interpretation started the Reformation?" at Kaohsiung's Sin Pink Pier on 20 January. Rev Tsai Ming-wei, pastor of Loya Presbyterian Church and an assistant professor of Theological School at Chang Jung Christian University, was invited to deliver a lecture and attracted a full-seated audience into the auditorium.

Rev Tsai pointed out that most sermons before the Reformation were delivered by the Catholic priests as a moral teaching and through church wall's color paintings of biblical stories. It was due to the historical innovation of printing machines and the promulgation of printing the Bible, the practice of biblical interpretation in sermon started its journey in church history.

Having corrected many scribed errors due to generations of manuscript coping practices, the first copy of the printed Greek New Testament was published by the Dutch scholar Erasmus in 1516. And this version of the New Testament Bible was widely accepted as "Textus Receptus"(TR), which was also the reference version of Luther Martin's pioneering translation into the first German Bible.

TR was not very accurate, though, as the reference manuscripts were quite limited then, yet its contribution to biblical interpretation was significant and revolutionary. For example, after a comparison of TR with early Latin versions of the Bible, many theologians found the translation of Matthew 4:17 as "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near" is more close to the original Greek and better than the past Latin translation as "Atone, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." The act of repentance means an inner life, while the act of atonement suggests an confession to the priest or a material offerings to the church.

Rev Tsai also confirmed Luther Martin's creed of "justification by faith", based on Rome 1:16~17, as the most important scripture for the Reformation. Luther's early understanding of God's righteousness, as a punishment of all unrighteous men, was deeply engraved in his heart since he was taught in the seminary, according to Luther's memo months before his death in 1545, said Rev Tsai, adding that it was due to Luther's breaking interpretation of Rome 1:16~17,  as "justification by faith" meaning the faith as a gift from God, totally liberating Luther from a life in self-torture and penance.

Rev Tsai stressed it was a very common misunderstanding of Christian to favor a big faith as it seems to suit a better or prosperous religious performance. "Faith is not a merit of man, but a gift from God", remarked Rev Tsai, as faith is a conduit to God's righteousness and everyone can have a direct contact to God to have a "justification by faith". And this revolutionary biblical interpretation of Luther Martin shook loose the hierarchical structure of the Roman Catholic Church and dominates the biblical interpretation of the Romans for nearly 500 years.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev Tsai Ming-wei(standing), pastor of Lo Ya Presbyterian Church and an assistant professor of Theological School at Chang Jung Christian University, was invited by Café Philo to deliver a lecture entitled as "How biblical interpretation started the Reformation?" at Kaohsiung's Sin Pink Pier on 20 January 2017.

Photo by Chen Yi-fan

 
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3387 Edition

January 23 - 29, 2017

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Tsai Administration's Constitutional Reform Suspected As Empty Words

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

As there is not any sign of a possible reformation of Taiwan's constitution six months after Tsai Administration's sworn into the Presidential Office, some civil groups started to put President Tsai's promise to launch a constitutional reform during her election campaign into a grave doubt. Either DPP, the ruling party led by Tsai, has changed their stance? Or, the milieu of reformation demand vaporized and existed no more?

On January 20, a seminar, entitled as "Could Tsai's political promise of constitutional reform be fulfilled through a reactionary nomination of Control Yuan members?", was held by the renown Taipei Society and hosted by Professor Lin Jia-ho, an associate law professor at National Chen-Chi University.

Lawmaker Hsu Yong-ming of New Power Party complained that, although many available political bills and amendments could be done by DPP to proceed a reasonable constitutional reform compliant to most Taiwan people's expection in last session of the Legislative Yuan's assembly, it is beyond Taiwan society's majority thoughts that DPP just did not dare to do anything to fulfill her promise during the presidential campaign!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 


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