The Story Behind “Holy Land”

I will be holding 2 talks about the book Holy Land, published in 2012.

As with publishing the book, this is something that I’d prefer never have to do. However, the recent carnage in Gaza has reminded me that there’s still much to do, if we are to find Peace in the land flowing with milk and honey.

The 1st one will be held in HK Readers on 31-Aug (Sun) at 3pm.

The 2nd one will be held in ACO on 6-Sep (Sat), also at 3pm.

Both talks will share the same message and be conducted in Cantonese.

Special thanks to HK Readers and ACO for making available their venues, they’re also the first bookshops to carry the book. Thanks also to 1908 Bookstore and Kubrick for providing shelf space early in the book’s days.

The book is currently available through Red Publish and Google Play as well.

The proceeds of the book are to be donated to the peacemakers in Palestine/Israel after deducting the production cost. The first donation has been made to Moriel Rothman, who contributed the first writing in the book−Detangling the Holocaust from Israeli-Palestinian Politics−and is an avid activist for a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

I’m not sure if there will be a second donation because, frankly, the sales has been very so-so. On the other hand, as long as the book can help raise the awareness for the prospect of peace in that particular piece of land, however little, my heart shall suffice.

“Holy Land” in Gaza, taken by Donna West.

Update 2016-Oct-09: The book is now also available through iTunes.

Good Friday

Living and loving God, teach us and help us to reflect once again on what Jesus’ suffering and death mean to our lives and our world. Give us new hope, we ask it in your name. Amen.
– Bulletin of the Good Friday Service, Kowloon Union Church

Memorial candles, Jerusalem.

Welcome, 2013

So, the world didn’t end last month, tomorrows are still coming, life’s grace and sorrows continue to accompany us.

And as Christians, our missionary purpose and duty have not yet been completed.

Therefore, let us with God’s grace, charity and love, continue to serve in humility.

Shepherd’s Field, Greek Orthodox, Beit Sahour, Palestine.

How 60 Minutes Became a Terrorist Attack

Bob Simon: Mr. Ambassador, I’ve been doing this a long time. And I’ve received lots of reactions from just about everyone I’ve done stories about. But I’ve never gotten a reaction before from a story that hasn’t been broadcast yet.

Michael Oren: Well, there’s a first time for everything, Bob.

Above is an excerpt of the conversation between the host of 60 Minutes and the Israeli ambassador to the United States, from the 22-Apr instalment about the dwindling local Christian community in Palestine/Israel.

A shot from the 60 Minutes programme on the Christians of the Holy Land.

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Christ at the Checkpoint 2012

The conference Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 was successfully held in Bethlehem last month. I was delighted that some Messianic Jews and their supporters accepted the sincere invitation by the Palestinian Christians, their brothers and sisters in Christ, to participate in the event. These two parties traditionally hold two very different views on the theology of the Holy Land. This is not to say that their differences had been settled but, for a minimum, a dialogue had been started.

Besides, and perhaps more importantly, more and more Christians realize that there are God’s children on both sides of the wall and, to say the least, the difficult situations and problems a mere theology can create. The Christian faith, while being spiritual, doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and we should always strive to bring a positive and practical effect on the people and environment around us, not the other way around.

One can only hope and pray that it’s only the beginning, and us who claim to be followers of Christ will continue to work diligently for the ministry of reconciliation.