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Taiwan Church News

3359 Edition

July 11 - 17, 2016

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Precious Biblical Scripts Offered To Museum Of The Bible At Pingtung Presbyterian Church

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

In order to celebrate the third anniversary of Museum of the Bible, an affiliated institute of Pingtung Presbyterian Church, a thanks-giving service was held on July 10. Rev. Cheng Cheng-jen, General Secretary of the Bible Society in Taiwan, was invited to deliver his sermon. In the meantime, many precious biblical manuscripts and versions of the Bible by different donors were offered to this museum to celebrate this significant event.

Rev. Kuo Li-lee, a retired pastor, donated the hand-writing Bible in different languages including the Taiwanese, Japanese, English and Chinese; Elder Hwang Ming, from Hua-lien-kang Church, offered his personal Bible used over 50 years with detailed study notes on almost every page; Prof Liang Ching-fuon presented a replica of the German Bible translated by Martin Luther and published in 1534.

Appreciating Prof Liang's generous donation, Rev. Hsu Kwang-chuan, pastor of Pingtung Church, reminded the audience about the epoch-making significance of the German Bible translated by Martin Luther. It was due to Martin Luther's efforts, insisting to translate the Bible into his own mother tongue, that the Words of God could escape from the discriminatory control in Ecclesiastical Latin and be freely read by his compatriots, said Rev. Hsu.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Visitors look into the contents of different Bible versions with curiosity in Museum of the Bible, an affiliated institute of Pingtung Presbyterian Church.

Photo by Chen Yi-fan

 
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Taiwan Church News

3359 Edition

July 11 - 17, 2016

Church Ministry

 

Crossing Denominational Division, Four Local Churches Held A Thanks-Giving Service For 60 Years' Evangelical Mission At Lugu Township

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

On July 10, four local churches, belonging to different denominations as The Evangelical Alliance Mission(TEAM), the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan(PCT), held a cross-denominational thanks-giving service celebrating 60 years' evangelical mission at Lugu township of Nan-tou county.

Rev, Chuang Song-wei, pastor of Lugu Presbyterian Church, remarked that local churches from different denominations had to be united together to proclaim and witness the gospel, especially the population of Lugu township were increasingly attracted into big cities and the extant registered believers of four local churches also declined to below 100 people.

Celebrating a diamond jubilee for the evangelical mission in Lugu township demonstrated an action of unity in Christ and a determination to go beyond traditional denominational borders, said Rev. Chuang. Accommodated and supported by the Lugu Tea Cultural Hall, there were about 500 people attended this united thanks-giving service assisted with the choirs from each church.

In his sermon, Rev. Chuang reminded the audience, though the calamity of scarcity, earthquake, flood and population outflow once threatened Lugu township with crisis, that "God always led us go through all these hardships! Let the fire of this evangelical mission not be quenched! Here and now, we carry on!"

At the end of service, the audience were significantly and abundantly blessed by Rev. Lu Wen-huei, the first ever missionary sent into Lugu township.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Scene of thanks-giving service celebrating diamond jubilee of evangelical mission at Lugu township of Nan-tou county on 10 July, 2016.

Photo by Simon Lin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3358 Edition

July 4 - 10, 2016

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Celebrating The 20th Anniversary Of Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church, An Itinerary Book Launch Party Is Held At Local Bookstores Around Taiwan


Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan at Tainan

 

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church(THLKPC), the first ever LGBT church established in 1996, an itinerary book launch party is held at local bookstores around Taiwan. The new book, Hearing Your Cut And Paste of A Starry Night, introduces the history of TKLHPC and collects the lives stories and religious struggles of their LGBT church fellows.

Ms Chen Shiao-en, the host and organizer of this book launch party, says that this new book is actually an expanded edition of the previously published book: Light House In the Dark Night. The new book is a tome with 669 pages, including 25 vivid lives stories, 11 articles by pro-LGBT pastors and some theological discourse by experts or scholars, says Chen.

The purpose of this new book is to let Taiwan's LGBT people to understand more about the diversity of Christian faiths, and invite more Taiwan Christians to learn what their LGBT fellows pursue in their individual faith journey, says Chen.

Retrieving last year's contentious stand-offs of LGBT issues within the churches, Chen concludes that it is due to a huge amount of "mutual misunderstanding". People inside or outside of the church get their impressions of LGBT issues mostly via the "filtered/distorted" media, says Chen, "but, as a matter of fact, LGBT people are ordinary folks just like you and me: working hard diligently in their daily lives and serving God passionately in their pious faith!"

Translated by Peter Wolfe

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church, the first ever LGBT church established in 1996, an itinerary book launch party, on the book Hearing Your Cut And Paste of A Starry Night, is held from July at local bookstores around Taiwan.

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan

 


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