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3297 Edition

May 5 - 10, 2015

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Let's Bear The Fruit Of The Spirit Together in Pentecost



Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong



A special assembly entitled as "A Pentecost Message From Rev. McCall With A Taizé Worship", joint-sponsored by Taiwan Church Press, Department of Mass Communication of both Taipei and Chi-hsin Presbytery, was held at Suan-lien Presbyterian Church in the morning on May 2nd. Rev. John McCall is a missionary sent by PC(USA) in Taiwan and a theological teacher at Taiwan Theological Seminary and College.



Mentioned about the Holy Spirit, Rev. McCall stressed that every Christian denomination was actually the product of the biblical-rooted Pentecostal movement. As to the saying that only those speaking tongues, translating tongues or healing illness were qualified as the signs of pentecostal movement, he criticized such thoughts from some churches or Christians were without biblical foundations. He did not deny speaking tongues or healing illness as gifts from God. "But, if these gifts were not borne in love, then they were not the fruit of the Spirit!", said McCall.



"The different gifts endowed to us are due to the free riding of the Holy Spirit. Never a gift is more important than the othe" said McCall. Reminding the audience about the unnecessary tension due to gifts within the Corinthian Church, McCall explained why the apostle Paul raised the importance of love to solve the disputes within the Corinthian Church. "Though Paul's advise of love to Corinthian Church - famous Chapetr 13 of 1 Corinthians - are mostly applied in the wedding service, the initial purpose of Paul is to address the problems of dispute and chaos due to the competition of gifts", said McCall.



McCall pointed out the gift of speaking tongues is really one of the methods to glorify God, but it is not the whole story of the Pentecostal movement. "Every Christian has the same goal, i.e. to make the church grow. So, if the Holy Spirit give you any gift, that is endowed to glorify God", said McCall.



Is the state of being filled with the Holy Spirit same as speaking in tongues, falling flat or seeing golden powder? Regarding this question, McCall said these strange phenomenon were not the legitimate biblical definitions of the state of being filled with the Holy Spirit. He emphasized the Holy Spirit is freely run like a wind; different Christians had different gifts. According to Paul's letter to the Galatians, Christains were advised to bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness ans self-control. So, we have to think by ourselves of which fruit we are short.



Translated by Peter Wolfe


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3296 Edition

April 27 - May 3, 2015




Editorial: The Beauty And Sorrow Of The Aboriginal Youth



I have a clear facial profile

Also a temper simple and natural

Oh God, you made me in your image

I am your special creation in plan



I have a bright voice like an echo

Also a pair of hands dexterous and practical

Oh God, I worship and praise you at my utmost

I am the most beloved aboriginal created uniquely by you



Hey Ya Na Ru Wan

You have never given up any dark-skinned aboriginal like me

Hey Ya Na Ru Wan

My deeply beloved Father,

At my utmost, I want to sing and praise you Lord

I am a passionate aboriginal



These are the lyrics of God Loves The Aboriginal, a very popular song in the juvenile and youth of the aboriginal church, written by the youth of Rukai the aboriginal. From the lyrics, you can feel right away that this is a song of acknowledging and accepting the self-identity as the aboriginal and of expressing their willingness to follow God's will in their unique way. It is beautiful, isn't it?



In the old saying: "The more scarce, the more valuable", it means that if the goods or material are hard to find, then their prices could climb high. But, this saying is not applicable to human kinds. In human society, the minority always becomes the marginalized; the sufferings and struggles of the marginalized need not be the responsibility of the majority. And this is the same fate faced by the aboriginal youth in Taiwan society. Be it the shortage of the living infrastructures, paucity of the education resources and the inadequacy of the cultural identity, these poverty all seriously affects the growth of the body, mind and spirit of the aboriginal youth.



The grown-up experiences of most aboriginal youth are full of loss and insecurity. Those fears and threats in their lives came from many factors: 1)family problems, like issues of single-parent, raised up by grand parents and child abuse; 2) household economics, like poverty; 3) culture and social factors and etc. A child, who can barely grow up in health and serenity, without a secure and protective environment and an entrusted and sympathetic accompany, needs the heavenly blessed courage and grace. And most aboriginal youth in church are such kinds of children!



Though the problem of over-emigration of the aboriginal population become more and more serious, the aboriginal church still play her role as a guardian for the tribe. It is due to such strenuous love focusing on the youth ministry from the aboriginal church, even though lots of despairs, loss and fears rampant on the way ahead, the aboriginal youth could face kinds of challenges through their courage and grace in faith.



In the renown documentary film, Beyond Beauty - Taiwan From Above, the off-screen narrator said " Only to see and understand Taiwan from this altitude above, you can see her beauty and sorrow". Now, can Taiwan's church fly beyond the obstacles of parochial ethnicity ideology and narrow Han-cultural perspective? Can we stand on a viewpoint high enough to see beauty(potentiality and passion) and sorrow(injury and suppression) of the aboriginal youth?


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3296 Edition

April 27 - May 3, 2015

Church Ministry



Civil Groups Want High School Curriculum Guidelines Based On Taiwan Subjectivity



Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong



On April 25, dozens of civil groups representatives went to Ministry of Education protesting the Chinese ideology and colonialism arbitrarily inserted into the high school curriculum guidelines for the Chinese language and social sciences. They asked a curriculum guideline based on Taiwan subjectivity should be implemented instead.



Mr Kuo Yan-lin, a PCT member and spokesperson for Alliance for Curriculum Guidelines based on Taiwan Subjectivity, expressed to the media three appeals: First, radical pro-unification (with China) scholars should not be assigned as the commissioners in the High School Curriculum Guidelines Committee; Second, according to The Freedom of Government Information Law, the commissioners and meeting minutes of High School Curriculum Guidelines Committee should be disclosed to the public; Third, instead of the arbitrarily and illegally scheduled release of the high school curriculum guidelines before March 2016, a suitable timing should be after June 2016 when the decision of a new administration could become legitimate.



Kuo publicly criticized the inappropriate nomination of three radical pro-unification scholars by Ma Ying-jeou administration into the High School Curriculum Guidelines Committee: Wang Hsiao-po, a chairman of the One China organization; Chang Ya-chung, a member of Chinese Integration Association; Sun Ro-yi, a member in Cross-Strait Peace & Development Union.



Kuo furiously challenged the legitimacy of such biased designation of so many pro-unification scholars into the High School Curriculum Guidelines Committee, since so many scholars equipped with professional training and Taiwan subjectivity consciousness in the field of Taiwan history were eligible. As the pro-China curriculum guidelines would not only make the teachers confused and throw the teaching of Taiwan history into a chaos, Kuo also questioned whether Ma administration wanted to hypnotize the Taiwan consciousness of current young students before implementing his dream of unification with China?



Translated by Peter Wolfe



Demonstrating before Ministry of Education on April 25, civil groups want a high school curriculum guideline based on Taiwan subjectivity.


Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong


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