Thank You For A Great Year, Pastor Daniel!

Farewell Daniel

Today, we bid farewell to Pastor Daniel Locke, who joined us a year ago to accompany his wife Sarah on her internship at Luther House Chapel.

As we got to know him over the year he has been with us, he has been tremendously generous with his talents and time. He enthusiastically served as an amazing preacher, multi-talented musician and worship leader, as well as as being regularly available for all sorts of occasions.

Needless to say, we will miss them – but we are glad to have made a friend in Daniel and Sarah. We continue to pray for them and wish them well as they complete their seminary education. We look forward to rejoicing with them when they receive their calls to serve in churches who would be very lucky to have them.

Stay in touch, you two!

More pics available here.

 

#GettingToKnowYou: Pastor Daniel

Sarah & Daniel Locke

We will be welcoming Pastor Daniel Locke to Bangsar Lutheran Church as an assistant pastor. He will be joining us, while his wife Sarah completes her internship at Luther House Chapel under Rev. Thomas Low. To help us get to know Daniel better, we have asked him to answer a few questions – in his own words.

Getting to know… Daniel!

Tell us briefly about yourself?
My name is Daniel and married to the love of my life, Sarah this past August. I was born on June 9 and baptized on July 19. I was raised in North Carolina.

I graduated from North Carolina State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus in Structural Analysis. Most recently I completed my third year, which was my internship year, of seminary. I am on track to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree in 2017. Sarah and I left behind our 4-year old husky, Cooper, with Sarah’s parents while we are in Malaysia.

Cooper-Daniel-Sarah

What are your first impressions of BLC so far? 
I have not attended worship at BLC yet; however, I have an incredible first
impression of the wonderful community that makes up BLC. I have been greeted
with open arms and an eagerness to get to know one another. I am anxious to join you in fellowship!

What do you do during your free time?
In my free time I really enjoy being outdoors, and playing sports. I play baseball, football (American and fútbol), frisbee golf, and basketball. I enjoy music, and love playing several instruments (piano, guitar, and trumpet). I also enjoy going to the cinema and I have an addictive personality for TV dramas.

What’s your favorite…

  • Food? Pizza & Fried Rice
  • Drink? Southern Sweet Tea
  • Movie? Back to the Future Trilogy
  • Smell? Vanilla
  • Music genre? Alternative Rock
  • Book or literary genre? Mystery, anything funny
  • Conversation topic? Sports

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
I consider myself to be energetic and enthusiastic. I am a strong leader, worship leader, public speaker, and musician. As an engineer, I am perceptive and creative. I also consider myself to be personable, approachable, and compassionate. I have a tendency to speak extremely fast and mumble my words. Another area of growth is writing since it was not a focus of my undergraduate degree.

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
My personal dream and aspiration for the next 10 years is to finish seminary and begin my professional career in public ministry with a worshiping community, whose needs match my gifts, while also challenging me to grow and learn each and every day. However, my dream comes second to being the best husband I can be to my loving wife, Sarah.

What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Peace would be nice. Peace, respect, humility, and equality for all people in all places would be even better. I know these are (unfortunately) big dreams, but I think obtainable. With regards to specifically Malaysia, I am still learning this country and culture. However, the need for equality, respect, accountability, and civil rights (especially within the political system) has not gone unnoticed to me.

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
Following Christ today means trusting in the truth of the Gospel message, which promises us eternal life through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This message needs to be heard as much as it needs to be shared. Being a follower of Christ (today) means living a life worthy of God’s redemptive grace. It means living life in response to, and in the glory of, God’s promises, rather than compiling one good deed after another in order to achieve salvation. God has freely given; therefore we live. And following Christ today means proclaiming that good news in word and deed.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
Listen and learn. I have the incredible opportunity to be here in Malaysia with my wife Sarah. It is truly a blessing that I have an opportunity to share in fellowship with you, the BLC community. I think I have a lot to learn from you and LCM, and I am extremely excited to listen to your stories, and learn about God’s work in the life of BLC. You have a story to tell, and I look forward to connecting your story with mine, through God’s story of grace, love, and mercy in Jesus Christ.

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
A small child could fit within the veins of a blue whale.

Welcoming Pastor Daniel & Sarah to Malaysia!

Sarah & Daniel Locke

Bangsar Lutheran Church is looking forward to welcoming Pastor Daniel from the ELCA this September!

He will be with us for a period of one year, as an Assistant Pastor. He will not be an Intern, as Pastor Emily was, but he will be accompanying his soon-to-be wife as she serves her internship at Luther House Chapel under Rev. Thomas Low.

As of this writing, Daniel and Sarah are in a whirlwind of activities! Daniel has just finished his internship this past Sunday. He is now packing up all of his belongings and moving them to storage this coming Saturday. The following week, he and Sarah will get married, and then they’re headed to Malaysia.

(Phew!)

In his own words:

“My name is Daniel, and (soon-to-be) married to the love of my life Sarah.  I was born and raised in North Carolina.

I graduated from North Carolina State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus in Structural Analysis.  Most recently I completed my third year, which was my internship year, of seminary.  I am on track to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC.

I am taking a year-of-leave from seminary to be with Sarah during her 3rd (internship) year of seminary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Sarah is serving at Luther House Chapel with Reverend Low.

I thoroughly enjoy traveling and exploring new regions of the world, and I am excited to spend the year in Kuala Lumpur experiencing ministry in a new and exciting context.

In my free time I love playing sports (basketball, football, baseball).  I have a passion for music and I enjoy playing several instruments (piano, guitar, and trumpet).  I look forward to worshiping with you and and getting to know you this year.”

BLC Council Studies: Review & Re-cap: Being Lutheran

Introduction: The Church Council will be embarking on a series of studies that are led by Pastor Augustin, to explore each of our portfolios – which aligns back to life at BLC. We encourage everyone from BLC family to join us especially if you feel particularly called to a specific ministry and wish to know more. If you wish to serve in the future, but do not know where to start, feel free to join every or any session at all! We have just completed our first study of the series and wish to provide a review of what we have gathered. The details of future studies are listed at the end of the article and we welcome you with wide arms to join us. For further details of how to, please scroll to the end of the article. Thanks!

– Sincerely, BLC Council Members

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Being Lutheran

 June 21, 2015

Luther Rose

Introduction

During the 16th century, Martin Luther challenged the teachings, practices and structures of the Roman Catholic Church. He insisted that the central message of Christianity is the good news that sinners become reconciled to God by grace through faith because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. It is important to remember that Luther did not intend to start a new church. He wanted to reform the existing church so that the Gospel message was communicated clearly and that the church reflected that Gospel center. Lutherans organized into a separate church only after Luther’s views was repeatedly rejected by the Roman Catholic Church.

‘Lutheran’ as an Insult

The word ‘Lutheran’ actually began as an insult used by Luther’s opponents. Luther later tried to discourage his supporters from calling themselves Lutherans since they were followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of Martin Luther himself.

“What is Luther?” he once wrote. “After all, the teaching is not mine. Neither was I crucified for anyone.”

It was the gospel message that remained central for Luther, not his leadership. In a sermon preached in Wittenberg shortly after his return from Wartburg Castle, Luther insisted:

“I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word. I did nothing; the Word did everything.”

Core Lutheran Themes

  • Justification by grace through faith for Christ’s sake
  • Law and gospel
  • Means of grace
  • Theology of the cross
  • Saint and sinner
  • Vocation
  • Contextual theology

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Review: During the session, interesting discussion and elaboration on the above Core Lutheran Themes were made. Having attending a Lutheran church, it was interesting to know the Core Themes and some of the reasons behind what we do today. If you wish to know more and have the notes to the session, please feel free to drop us a comment in the comment box and we will reach out to you.

In the next couple of months, we will be having the following studies after service and we are excited to have you join us.

  •  21-Jun-2015: Being Lutheran
  • 12-Jul-2015: Exploring Church
  • 2-Aug-2015: Worship
  • 27-Sep-2015: Stewardship
  • 25-Oct-2015: Mission
  • 15-Nov-2015: Community
  • 20-Dec-2015: Discipleship

In the coming Sunday, when we talk about Exploring Church, we anticipate interesting discussion on what it means to be “church” and the role of Church Council. We will also learn about the Church set-up in regards to the LCM, KL District and many others.

If you are interested in the topic that will be discussed this coming Sunday, please do drop an e-mail by Friday (10-Jul-2015) to rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com or leave us a comment below. Lunch will be provided if you register and express your wish to have lunch to be provided accordingly.

See you there !

Bishop Philip Lok’s Easter Message 2013

The Bishop’s Easter Message 2013

He is not here; he has risen! – Luke 24:6

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Lord,

Even as this message is being prepared, we, as Malaysians are facing much uncertainty. The conflict between our armed forces and the Sulu terrorists continues into the third week with no peaceful resolution in sight. The date of the 13th General Election is yet to be determined as our federal government still waits for the opportune time to dissolve the parliament.

In the face of these uncertainties, we probably can understand the emotions of the disciples as they huddled together in a small room the day after the crucifixion. They were concerned for their future. No doubt, Good Friday enabled them to know a God who understands their fears and anxieties. Yet, the disciples (and us) need a certain hope, a certain destiny. Hence, “He has risen!

Easter Sunday is the bedrock of the Christian faith. The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that not only does God reach into the deep trenches of human pain, but also provides us the certainty of hope, peace, and a new life which has began on that first Easter. It gives meaning to our experiences as we await the final return of the risen Christ.

This is the message that we need to share with our neighbors and friends. As the angel said to the women, “Go, tell his disciples and Peter….”, let us too go and proclaim the good news of the Lord’s resurrection.

May this Easter lead you more deeply into the reality of Christ’s resurrection, and of your own.

Bishop Philip Lok
Lutheran Church in Malaysia Easter 2013

会督2013年复活节的信息

他不在这里,已经复活了!- 路24:6

主内弟兄姐妹, 当我在准备这篇信息时,我们作为马来西亚人正面对着许多的不确定,本国武装部队与苏禄恐怖份子间的冲突已持续了三周,至今还未有可见的和平解决方案;中央政府未能决定第十三届大选的日期,因为依然等待最佳解散国会的时机。

在面对这许多的不确定,我们可以理解主耶稣受难后的那一天,当门徒们聚集在一个小房间时的情绪,他们担心自己的未来;虽然受难节使他们知道有一位能明白他们惧怕及优虑的神,但是门徒们(我们)更需要一个确定的盼望、命定,因此“他已经复活了!”񗹤

复活主日是基督徒信仰的基石,耶稣的复活提醒我们神不但能明白人极深的痛苦,也在当时第一次的复活提供我们有确据的盼望、平安及新生命,使我们等候主耶稣第二次再来之前所有的经历都具意义。

我们理当与邻舍及朋友分享这信息,如同天使向妇人说“去告诉门徒及披得…”,让我们去并宣扬主耶稣复活的好消息。 愿这个复活节能使你更深的认识基督的复活及自己的盼望。

陆爱平会督
马来西亚基督教信义会 2013年复活节

Introducing Malaytionships – Zach and Emily’s Blog!

Did you know that Zach and Emily maintain a blog over at Malaytionships (www.shipmants-to-malaysia.blogspot.com)?

Think you could do something to give them more to write about – and write more often? Be part of their blog! Be their story fodder by inviting them out for lunch and hanging out with them to know them better! Emily certainly has surprising stories to tell as a gamer-chick who’s into first-person-shooters as well as a family photo(?) of everyone in combat gear and armed with paintball guns!