Newsletter, June 2021

As the storm of the pandemic wreaks chaos across the globe, the reassuring word of Christ brings peace and calm into hearts that know that Christ is Lord. At HKCCA, we hold this mission to be sacred: to “sanctify the Lord God in” our hearts and to “always be ready to give an answer to every man who asks” us “for a reason for the hope that is in us”.

India Apologetics Conference 2020

On July 18, 2020, HKCCA, together with Central India Outreach conducted an online apologetics conference that was well-attended by a number of pastors, theological students, and teachers. Dr. Andrew Loke spoke on the Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Evidences for the Resurrection of Christ; Prof. Kai-man Kwan spoke on the Intelligent Design Argument; Dr. Kai Yan Chan spoke on Christianity and the Problem of Evil. There was also an engaging time of open discussion.

The video of the event is available here: India Apologetics Conference 2020 (Speakers: Andrew Loke, Kai-man Kwan, and Kai-yan Chan) – YouTube

Christian Responses to Covid-19 Questions

On Aug 29, 2020, Dr. Mark Jeremiah Boone and Dr. Domenic Marbaniang conducted a Live Zoom and Facebook event in response to Problem of Evil issues raised by the Covid 19 situation. Dr. Andrew Loke had conceived of this event but was not able to join owing to an emergency trip that clashed with the date. Various Christian scholars presented responses on the different questions. The panelists included

Dr. Mark J. Boone (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Rev. Luther Li (Emmanuel Christian Church)
Dr. (Sr.) Mudita Sodder (RSCJ, Sophia College, Fellowship of Indian Missiologists)
Bishop Dr. Joseph Hiwale (Koinonia College of Theology, Koinonia Church Fellowship)
Bro. Keneth Pervaiz (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Dr. Domenic Marbaniang (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Dr. J. B. Jeyaraj (Jubilee Institute)

You can watch the full video on Facebook

Examining the Christian Faith (ETCF) Online Talk

In May 2020,in the midst of the pandemic and the strict social distancing rules, KY Wong launched an Online Talk Series “Examining the Christian Faith” in partnership with HKCCA, ICA Church, Calvary Church HK and Faith Comes by Hearing Asia. 

The inaugural first online talk was held on the 5th June 2020 with Dr. Andrew Loke as the speaker on his book Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the course of the next 5 months, 4 more talks were held by distinguished speakers such as Dr. Os Guinness (“Carpe Diem:Making the most of this crazy uncertain world”), Abdu Murray (“The Faith of Science and the Science of Faith:Finding Harmony in a false Conflict”), Max Jeganathan (“Is Christianity Arrogant and Exclusive”) and Dr .Andrew Loke & Max Jeganathan (“Q&A on the Christian Faith”).

The ETCF Talk Series was well received with between 300 to 600 registrations for each talk. You can view the past talks by clicking the following YouTube links below.

Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: https://youtu.be/zKMA3Oxvi-Y
Is Christianity Arrogant and Exclusive? https://youtu.be/_3koZaHnFwE
Carpe Diem-Making the most of life in this crazy uncertain world: https://youtu.be/qgdlvfKW0gc
Examining The Christian Faith 101 Q & A Session: https://youtu.be/daDw3U68iDs
The Faith of Science and the Science of Faith: Finding harmony in a false Conflict: https://youtu.be/QBFBZkyoUT0

New Books

Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A New Transdisciplinary Approach (Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies) by [Andrew Loke]

Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A New Transdisciplinary Approach

A new book by Andrew Loke, published by Routledge, is now available free of charge. The book responds to all the known possible objections to the account of Christ’s resurrection. You can find more details and download the book from links below:

Amazon, Routledge

The Good, the True, the Beautiful: A Multidisciplinary Tribute to Dr. David K. Naugle by [Mark J. Boone, Rose M. Cothren, Kevin C. Neece, Jaclyn S. Parrish, Philip Mitchell]

The Good, the True, the Beautiful: A Multidisciplinary Tribute to Dr. David K. Naugle

by Mark J. Boone (Author), Rose M. Cothren (Editor), Kevin C. Neece (Editor), et.al

This collection demonstrates that intellectual pursuits are inherently spiritual, that no area of life is separate from the lordship of Christ, and that true Christian faith is in fact the deep fulfillment of the human experience.

Amazon

Cover Citizens of Two Kingdoms: Civil Society and Christian Religion in Greater China

Citizens of Two Kingdoms: Civil Society and Christian Religion in Greater China

Religion in Chinese Societies, Volume: 17

Co-edited by Shun-hing Chan and Jonathan Johnson, Citizens of Two Kingdoms examines the complex relationships of civil society, Christian organizations, and individual Christians in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. …..

BRILL

Debate with Graham Oppy: Is the Kalam Sound?

Dr. Andrew Loke responded to Dr. Graham Oppy’s objections to the soundness of the Kalam Cosmological Argument in an online event. Video here: Is the Kalam Sound? Graham Oppy vs. Andrew Loke – YouTube

《信心與理性》課程推廣 Course on Christian Apologetics

燈台全球學院推出《信心與理性》暑期講座課程海報。簡報video在此,海報在附頁中,請代為轉發及邀請人報名登記課程,感謝大家協進,裝備散居全球的粵語基督徒,在時代中作真理的辯道。。

陳曉東牧師及GLS校務同工

Testimonials

現代基督教護教學是華人教會的信徒裝備中最弱的一環,然而在今天資訊爆炸的時代,在網絡上充斥從各種的後基督教和世俗化的觀點和資訊, 基督信仰受到前所未見來自科學、哲學、價值觀的挑戰。HKCCA提供了非常高質素、適時適切的護教學培訓,能夠裝備傳道人以及信徒去回應時代的挑戰。因此我鼓勵教會,支持和善用HKCCA的培訓及資源,堅固信徒信仰、幫助年青代認識福音,捍衛聖經真理。 –朱世平牧師–沙田浸信會副主任牧師

Modern Christian apologetics is what Chinese churches lack in this information age. People are bombarded by all kinds of different information and ideas on the web, especially in this post-Christian and secular society. Christian faith is facing unprecedented challenges from science, philosophy and other worldviews. HKCCA provides high quality and timely training to equip ministers and believers to meet the challenge of our time. I encourage churches to team up with HKCCA and make use of HKCCA training program and resources to help strengthening Christian faith, in the evangelism for younger generations, and defense of biblical truth.

— Reverend Chu Sai Ping , Shatin Baptist Church

Dear Dr. Loke, I would like to thank you for your intellectual efforts in disseminating the case for theism and the Christian faith. I am originally from a Muslim background and at one point I became a convinced metaphysical naturalist-atheist. My reading of your book, ‘God and Ultimate Origins’ was one of the key steps which led me back to theism as a law undergraduate. I later embraced the Christian faith, and this was in part due to your writings and talks.

— H

Dear Dr. Dominic,
Thank you for the India Apologetics Conference this morning. I am particularly interested in Eco-Spirituality and thus the talk on Creation was very useful. I enjoyed the talk on the Problem of Evil very much and the other two talks as well. God bless you.

— Dr. M.S. (India)

Greetings. Thank you so much for providing wonderful opportunity to participate in the webinar and listen to eloquent Christian Apologists. And I also thank you for sending the pdf files which will be helpful for me. I would like to request you to organize more Apologetics conference in near future. I felt 3 hours time was not sufficient to cover four vast topics. Therefore, I would like to kindly suggest to have 2 topics for 3 hours seminar that the given topic can be dealt in depth.

— K.P. (India)

Warm greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus! Thank you so much for creating a great platform to participate in the Apologetics conference. It was a great time to hear from academics. Thank you so much for the PowerPoint.

— Rev. A. T. (Nepal)

Domenic, many thanks indeed for organizing this seminar i enjoy and cherish this intellectual exchange with servants and maidservants of the Lord from different parts of the world  God bless you and your family 

— Rev. L.L. (Hong Kong)

I want to congratulate each of you for the wonderful Apologetics Live Meeting you conducted. A few of my non Christian friends … joined and were delighted with the whole meeting. Now this speaks volumes for each of you. A few of my religious friends and Bishop…[from] Kerala also joined. Many replied to me expressing their gratitude with the meeting. I too enjoyed the answers a great deal. When I read the questions, I thought that most of the answers would be positive, which is why I said that I smiled at the questions but I was very happy to hear most answers in the negative e.g No God did not create malevolent viruses or God is not angry with us or is punishing us. I gelled with the thinking of all those who spoke at the meeting. Dr Mark Jeremiah, your presentations were extraordinarily superb! Congrats again to one and all. Apologies for the delay. I am very slow.

— Dr. M.S. (India)

It was a great blessing to take part in today’s conference. I thank you so much for sending notes….

— Rev. R.S.G. (India)

Hello Domenic, …. I was listening to the recordings of a zoom conference of August 2020 on Covid-19 hosted by you. I was encouraged with the Christian perspective offered by Mark and others in response to the various questions with reference to Covid pandemic.

— Dr. R.S.(Australia)



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