Alumni Mosaic

Mosaic Stories

October 13, 2011

Conrade Yap - Regent World (Fall 2011)

by Conrade K.S. Yap

Social media can be a bridge as well as a barrier. While it can bring people from afar closer together, it can also create distance between people in close proximity. For example, we can joyfully interact with a friend on Skype halfway around the world, and alienate the friend sitting just next to us at the same table. The key guideline I have about social media is this: “Manage social media before it manages you.” For me, one way to do that is to practise a technological Sabbath once a week. From 6pm Saturday to 6pm Sunday, I shut my computers down. Strangely, when that happens, I am free to see that life is bigger than an Internet connection. I am free to let technology be technology. I am free to let me be me, and let God be God. ____... Read more

October 13, 2011

Sam McLoughlin - Regent World (Fall 2011)

by Sam McLoughlin

Technology is changing me, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. It makes me wonder where we might be headed, and what technology may decide to do with us—with that inherently unpredictable ethos of human nature. After all, we can be quite troublesome, can't we? Fortunately, to quote Dr. Strangelove, "the automated device rules out HUMAN MEDDLING!" Perhaps, one day, like in all those Terminator, Matrix, and Kubrick movies, the machines will turn on us. They will realize that we are destroying the planet: that we are shameful, selfish creatures, and the universe is better off without us. And just as we became too cool for God, and decided he didn't matter, we will also cease to matter. And the machines will kill us. Either that, or loboto... Read more

October 13, 2011

Wan How - Regent World (Fall 2011)

by Wan-Phek How

Blogging is similar to journaling in that a third-person view of the self is being articulated. While the writer initially forms a picture of the self, this is then further reflected upon by a community of readers. This communal reflection serves as a corrective or guide in the process of self-understanding and awareness. While the possibility of blogging being an exercise in spiritual formation exists, a lot depends on the intent of the blog, its content, and the community of reflective readers. A blog could be used for marketing purposes, and directed to an audience of potential customers; or it can be used for a person reflecting on life. In this latter form, a community of believers can provide input and clarity to the formation or “... Read more

October 12, 2011

Theology Conference (Fall 2011) - How do we read the Bible?

by Andrew Kirk

Andrew attended the Fall Theology Conference, "Heaven on Earth? The Future of Spiritual Intepretation," held Sept. 16-17, 2011 at Regent College. At our request Andrew has submitted these reflections on his experience at the conference. We are also grateful to Regent Audio for making available (free of charge) the conf... Read more

September 20, 2011

We'll Miss You, Uncle John

by John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

~ from July 27, 2011 John Stott died today, aged 90. He had withdrawn from almost all public life for some years, but it is still sad to think of him gone.Stott meant a lot to me, and in several respects.First, he modeled intelligent preaching, preaching that implied that both preacher and congregation were intelligent people who were concerned to understand difficult and important matters, and that patient and skilled interpretation of the difficult and important texts of the Bible was not only possible, but to be expected from sermons on every occasion. Preachers I have heard since then, and that's the majority, who fail to interpret the text intelligently, fail to treat their audiences as intelligent pe... Read more