Representing Hong Kong at an overseas meeting usually means visiting an American city well-served by an airport hub. This past spring, we convened in a different place: Izmir, Türkiye. In antiquity Izmir was known as Smyrna, the place that lent its name to the church in Revelation 2:8-11. After our formal meetings I had the opportunity to visit some of the city ruins where the seven churches in Asia, mentioned in Revelation 2-3, were located. This article will focus on the church in Laodicea, in the hope that a visit to the ruins and a re-study of the challenging message of Revelation 3:14-22 can awaken understanding and conviction as we practice our Christianity in Hong Kong today.
Today in our fast-paced, restless lives we can be seemingly present everywhere. We can be sitting face to face across from a client at work while simultaneously, with the help of today’s technology, maintain a “presence” on Instagram, Facebook, or other social media platforms, burnishing each with the latest postings of our experiences, interests, and dislikes as frequently as we like.
筆者喜歡收看美國職業籃球聯賽 (NBA)。近年熱議的 NBA 話題之一，就是哪支球隊擁有最佳的二人球星組合 (The Best Duo)。勇士隊的 Stephen Curry 及 Klay Thompson？湖人隊的 Lebron James 及 Antony Davis，金塊隊的 Nikola Jokic 及 Jamal Murray，還是塞爾特人隊的 Jayson Tatum 及 Jaylen Brown？… 最佳球星組合誰屬引發熱議，因為哪支球隊擁有最佳的拍檔，往往就能拿到當年的總冠軍！他們對球賽的熱誠及取勝的信心，能直接或間接帶動球隊發揮團隊精神，贏下球賽。