New movie ‘Son of God’ captures a portrayal of Jesus I’ve never seen before

By Sam Lam

Last night I had a chance to watch a free screening of the new movie “Son of God” and this is my review/reaction to the film.

It’s not easy creating a Jesus movie and having it be real good. Especially since the story of Jesus has so many layers to it, you can’t cover all of them in a film. And since the last major motion Jesus film came out 10 years ago (“The Passion of the Christ”) it was a big deal to see how this one would do.

With that said, I have been a major critic of how Jesus has been portrayed in film in the past. In fact, I am fascinated about how the world views Him. So entering into this film, I was afraid that the Jesus we were going to get would be a boring one like the many ones we’ve seen in movies past. Instead, this Jesus had an edge to him, a swag that I wasn’t ready to see. And because of this, this was the side of Jesus in film that I had never seen before.

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A JARGON-LESS PRAYER

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Every group uses jargon, words that people in the group understand but people outside the group don’t.

Prayer [1] is, of course, no exception. We use phrases like, “hedge of protection” to describe when we’re worried about someone and we hope nothing bad happens to them. And we say “burdens” to refer to important things things that we can’t stop thinking about, or “fellowship” to mean hanging out with other Christians, or “testimony” to mean the story of why we converted to Christianity.

I’m not saying this is wrong. Actually, it’s normal. People in any group develop their own language. Professionals do it. Families do it. Jargon, at it’s best, makes communicating faster and easier. And it also makes us feel closer to the people that share our jargon, like we’re all in the same club.

But, the downside is that people on the outside don’t really understand it.

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JPjuly'12.001Juan Zung is a secular Christian, practicing Christianity but remaining atheistic in his beliefs. If this seems completely contradictory, welcome to his world! He writes freelance copy “for a living” and he blogs at Ghozt Writer. His posts on Christianity are found HERE.

A Theology of Fun (!): Reflections on Albert Hung’s Sermon “Vision Sunday”

By Juan Zung

Last Sunday, Pastor Albert preached about “Vision Sunday!” A vision where church is a party. Where church is fun!

But what exactly is a fun church?

And how does one make a church fun?

Big questions. I don’t have the answers. But I googled it. And found some interesting stuff.

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The Prodigal Son’s Father

By Sam Lam

The warm embrace of a father.

Probably one of the most famous parables from Jesus is called “The Prodigal Son” and it’s a great story because it is about forgiveness despite screwups. You can read the story right here.

This story is so well-known that a lot of people identify with the prodigal son because we have fallen away from our father, gone out and wasted everything out of selfishness and have been left unhappy and lost. Of course, the story shows us that when we return to our father, hoping to be accepted again, our father welcomes us back with open arms.

It always seems to me that story focuses so much on the son, and the reaction and sermons are so focused on the son, that I always feel that the main character of the entire story is not talked about a lot. Even though we identify with the son, it’s the father that should be talked about a little more.

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Samuel Lam: Samuel is a Bay Area native living in Southern California working in sports media. He blogs on many topics, including sports, music, movies, travel and especially faith. Sam also runs his own personal sports blog on his free time. Check him out at:Green Eggs and Lam & But At The End Of The Day.

Got Prayer?, Meet Michael Au

From December 20, 2013

This is the fourth installment of Trinity’s “Meet the Church” Facebook series. In this edition we introduce to you: Michael Au, leader of Trinity Church’s prayer team and believer in the infinite possibilities God can do through prayer. 

You can catch Michael at the Got Prayer? table every Sunday.

You can catch Michael at the Got Prayer? table every Sunday.

My name is Michael Au and I’ve been coming to Trinity Church since November 2006.The first day I came, I felt God’s love through the people at Trinity. My definition of love is being cared for, being valued and being accepted. From God’s love, I surrendered my heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior three months after my first visit to Trinity. Since then life has not been the same.

Check out Trinity’s Facebook Page for Michael’s Full Bio.

11 Steps to Becoming Mr. or Mrs. Right

By Jeff Cao

This is Part 2 in a series dealing with Love, Sex, Dating, and Marriage. You can find Part 1, The Right Person, here.

I know a few casual daters out there. I know some serious ones out there too. And there are also those that just like the thrill of the chase and even more still that just like having a good time. #YOLO am I right? I’m sure you know that YOLO, You Only Live Once, came from a very popular phrase dating back to 23 BC, penned by a Latin poet name Horace. This phrase is Carpe Diem, or seize the day. Oh, how I really dislike things being taken out of context.

Here’s the phrase in it’s entirety: carpe diem, quam mimimum credula postero, or seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next day.

YOLO

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Meet Trinity’s Hype Man, Jeff Cao

From November 15, 2013

This is the third installment of Trinity’s “Meet the Church” Facebook series. In this edition, we want to introduce you to Jeff Cao, our administrative assistant and tremendous supporter of all our various ministries in the church. Like a true hype man, he’s always excited to talk about the great things that we’re doing for our community and he’s dedicated to seeing God’s word spread to all people everywhere. 

Jeff is a very sharp-dressed fella.

Jeff is a very sharp-dressed fella.

Hey all! My name is Jeffrey Cao and I am the administrative assistant here at Trinity. What exactly do I do? It’s kind of hard to explain. One of the things I do is support our ministries and volunteer with our youth at the church. Whether it’s with set up, prep work, even getting all our bulletins and programs printed out, I’m the guy they go to. Plus, every now and then there’s some IT needs and I lend a hand. I am a kind of a “hands-on” person, if you will.

Read more of Jeff’s bio here at Trinity’s Facebook page.

Sochi Problems? Count Your Blessings!

By Cindy Cameron

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2014 marks the year of the Winter Olympics. I love the Olympics, although I must admit I love the summer games a bit more than the winter games. I mostly attribute this to growing up in Southern California. But the athlete’s stories of hard work, perseverance, and triumph are inspiring and goosebump worthy.

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Meet Trinity’s Swiss Army Knife, Sandra Wong

From August 30, 2013

This is the second installment of Trinity’s “Meet the Church” Facebook series. In this edition, we introduce: Sandra Wong. Sandra is the director of the Monterey Park Christian School and has been a great leader to so many over the years she’s been with us. She’s a tremendous woman of faith and her passion for the church’s growth is truly amazing.

Sandra is great with children and little birds.

Hi everyone. My name is Sandra Wong and I’m the director of Monterey Park Christian School (MPCS), the preschool here at Trinity. I also help out with other things with the church including Children’s Bible quizzing, Life Group leadership and teaching parenting classes. Because I am multi-functional, I’ve been compared to a Swiss Army Knife.

Read more of Sandra’s bio here at Trinity’s Facebook page.