Artciles by Dr Roland Chia

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Worship, Music and Theology

On September 2019, my wife and I attended a Sunday service at the famous Thomaskirche in Leipzig. As expected of a church whose fame is largely owed to its most celebrated choir director, the great Johann Sebastian Bach, the service was shot

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Be As Little Children

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. (Mark 10:15) One of the most endearing portrayals of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels is found in Mark 10, which

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It Takes a Church

“It takes a village to raise a child.” This African proverb, the origin of which remains a mystery, has become widely known and loved. Its broad appeal is no doubt due to the fact that it rings true, that is,

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Faith and Pestilence

On 31 December 2019, Wuhan, the largest metropolitan region in China’s Hubei province reported an outbreak of cases of people who have become ill with an inexplicable respiratory infection (‘pneumonia of unknown aetiology’). Sequencing reveals that the culprit is a

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Christian Courage

“In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33) February 2020 marked the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians by Daesh or ISIS in Libya. It is difficult to

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Beatitudinal Leadership

For many years now, “leadership” has been the buzzword both in the Church and in secular society. But this ubiquitous “L” word has, of late, become reduced to superficial “jump on the bandwagon” jargon-worn and overused. Christian books and articles

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The Strange Unity of the Church

The Bible underscores the need for unity among believers. We are exhorted to live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16, NIV). We are many parts that form one “body of Christ” (1 Cor 12:27). In his book on the

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Unity, Diversity…and Exclusion

In the third volume of his Systematic Theology, Methodist theologian Thomas Oden maintains that despite the diversity of its members, the Church remains united in Christ: “in its own forms in specific times and places, living in particular cultures, the [C]hurch

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Seven Mountains Mandate

Reader’s Question: How should biblical Christians assess Dominion Theology or the Seven Mountain Mandate? According to the leaders of the movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), God in these last days will empower the church and her prophets and

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The Secularisation of the Church

The modern evangelical church seems to have a penchant for playing fast and loose with the secular culture around it, uncritically absorbing its quintessential qualities and imbibing its ethos. Many decades ago, scholars predicted that the unstoppable march of secularism