Sermon: Disappointment With God – Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn

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Kicking off our Advent sermon series, we were blessed to have Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn, of Graceworks and a dear friend of BLC, as our guest speaker.

He spoke about the birth of John the Baptist from Luke 1:5-25; 57-80 and meditated on “Disappointments with God.” The recording of his sermon is available here:

Our Advent sermon series, themed “Prepare The Way Of The Lord” will continue throughout the season of Advent, leading up to Christmas Day:

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Guest Speaker This Sun, 29 Nov 2015 – Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn

BLC - Advent 2015 - Prepare The Way

This Sunday, we enter into the Advent season, themed “Prepare The Way Of The Lord.”

Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus, from two different perspectives: to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. As Christians we live in a time of now and not yet.

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This Sunday, to help us kick off our Advent sermon series, we are blessed to have Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn, of Graceworks, as our guest speaker. Some of you may also know him from as our 2014 church camp speaker and a dear friend of BLC.

Soo Inn will speak on the birth of John the Baptist from Luke 1:5-25; 57-80 and will meditate on “Disappointments with God.”

We look forward to having Soo Inn with us. All are welcome to join us – please feel free to invite a friend.


FREE Seminar: Spiritual Friendship – Following Jesus In The Company Of Friends – Dr. Tan Soo Inn

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Our friend, Dr. Tan Soo Inn, of Graceworks (and whom you might remember as our awesome camp speaker last year) will be conducting his first public lecture in Malaysia for a long, long time.

The FREE seminar is entitled, “Spiritual Friendship – Following Jesus In The Company Of Friends” and will explore how we live in an increasingly lonely world, even in the church; yet Jesus has called us His friends and wants His disciples to follow him in community (John 15:9-17). So how can we do this?

  • Date: Friday, 21 August 2015
  • Time: 8pm-10pm
  • Venue: PJ CTEE (Luther Centre) Level 5, Semenyih Room, No. 6, Jalan Utara, 46200 Petaling Jaya

The seminar will focus on two key aspects of spiritual friendship. First, it will look at the biblical teaching on spiritual friendship – what is it, and why is it so important? Next, it will explore how we can actually do it – what are some of the practical ways we can follow Jesus in the company of friends.

“We are living in difficult times in Malaysia. God has called us to be faithful witnesses so that we can shine in the darkness. We can only do this in community.” 

Registration is FREE, but please confirm attendance by emailing: engtee[at]stm2[dot]edu[dot]my.

More information and contact details are available below:

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We Are Back From Church Camp 2014!


It’s been several weeks since we all got back safe and sound from Church Camp 2014 at Refreshing Springs Resort, spending four days and three nights dwelling on what it means to “Engage Deeply – with God, within, without.

Throughout camp, it was very encouraging to see much “engaging” happening – whether it was through personal devotional times and engaging God through nature, through one-on-one and small group discussions, through planned activities, or even through chilling and relaxing at the hot springs! For some, the deep engagement (with God, within and without!) occurred during the Flying Fox activity!

Preach and teach, he did.

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We were especially blessed to have our dear and blessed friend, Rev. Dr. Tan Soo Inn of Graceworks as our camp speaker! Many really enjoyed his sessions – so, for the benefit of those who couldn’t make it for camp or may have wanted a set, Soo Inn has shared the notes of his talks with us, which are available for download here: BLC Church Camp 2014 – Main Sessions – Speaker Notes.

Photos and Videos Are Up!

See you next year for camp!

The Bible & The Ballot book sale @ BLC

Edited by Joshua Woo & Soo-Inn Tan

ISBN: 978-981-07-0508-4

The Bible & The Ballot – Reflections on Christian Political Engagement in Malaysia Today is a joint effort between Friends in Conversation together with GraceWorks. We’re especially proud to have our very own Sivin Kit and Rama Ramanathan as contributors in this book!

Bangsar Lutheran Church is making this book available to members and attendees at RM13, with thanks to Gladsounds Bookstore.

  1. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, please fill in your name in the order sheet at church along with your immediate payment of RM13.
  2. We will take orders after church service, over two Sundays – 15 and 22 January 2012.
  3. You should be able to collect your books from the church from 29 January 2012 onwards.

Book overview:

How do we relate Christianity to political engagement in Malaysia today? This is the question that we, as part of the community of believers, are trying to answer in this book. It is our conviction that “if Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all”. We proclaim the lordship of Jesus over every aspect of life. Therefore, it is important for us to reflect on the relationship between what we confess on Sunday and what is happening in the country every day.

This compilation of articles has been produced within the context of a circle of friends who share a common concern over national issues and the importance of Christian engagement on those issues. Although all of us are Malaysians, some of us are located in Malaysia, some in Singapore, and one in Norway. We come from different traditions and denominations of the Christian faith, but are connected through Friends In Conversation, a network where we discuss relevant issues that concern Christian discipleship in the contemporary world.

Book Content:

  • ForewordRt Rev Datuk Ng Moon Hing
  • IntroductionJoshua Woo
  • Naming Names: Can Preachers Tell You Whom to Vote For? – Alwyn Lau
  • Strengthening Democracy in Malaysia: The Need for a Vibrant Public SphereChristopher Choong
  • Vote!: Voting as a Christian DutyTan Soo Inn
  • Vote for Changes: My Decision at This Point in HistoryTan Soo Inn
  • Prayer and Political Consideration: How and What to Pray For?Joshua Woo
  • Why Am I Attending Vigils For Dr Jeyakumar and EO6?Rama Ramanathan
  • Afterword: Christians: A Blessing to Malaysia?Sivin Kit
  • Appendix: Petition by 34 Leaders of the Christian Community in Malaysia

Contributors to the book:

  • Alwyn Lau is a member of Friends in Conversation. A lecturer in Marketing and Sociology at KDU University-College. He is also pursuing a Ph.D (Arts) at the University of Monash (Sunway). He blogs at
  • Christopher Choong is a member of Friends in Conversation. He holds a doctorate in Political Science where his research interest lies in the interaction between religion and politics (with particular reference to Christians in Malaysia). He teaches at a private university and blogs at
  • Joshua Woo Sze Zeng is currently reading theology at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. His writings are posted and referred to at various platforms such as the Singapore Daily,, the Christian Post Singapore, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs website,, World Reformed Fellowship website, and Australian National University’s New Mandala website. He blogs at
  • Rama Ramanathan graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1982 and has since worked in factories and in regional roles in operations and quality management. He blogs at
  • Sivin Kit is a founding member of Friends in Conversation and one of the initiators of Micah Mandate. He served as the pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church from 2000 to 2010 and has been actively engaged in civil society in Malaysia since 2007. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D in Religion, Ethics and Society at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. He blogs at
  • Tan Soo Inn is a member of Friends in Conversation. He holds a Doctor in Ministry from Fuller Seminary. His doctoral project focused on how one discerns vocation in the context of community. Together with his wife Bernice, Soo Inn directs the works of Graceworks, a training and publishing consultancy committed to promoting spiritual friendship in church and society.