Thursday, December 30, 2004

Periodic Fellowship Meeting Details

For those viewing this blog via FeedBurner, please note that the Qingdao Christian Fellowship meets each Sunday from 10:00-11:30 am on the 25th floor of the HiSense Tower (HiSense's corporate headquarters) on Donghai Road. Due to Chinese government regulations, only holders of foreign (non-Chinese) passports are allowed and a passport must be brought for identification purposes. The QDCF is an ecumenical, non-denominational fellowship open to all Christians, and (of course) we welcome all seekers and visitors.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Christian Scholar's Web Sites

Christian Scholar's Web Sites
(originally compiled by David Scott Lewis on 2 May 2003; modified & updated for the Qingdao Christian Fellowship on 17 December 2004)

Commentaries on the Psalms

Spurgeon's Treasury of David (by far the best commentary on the Psalms; no monk - or prayerful Christian - should be without this!)

St. Augustine on the Psalms (the best commentary on the Psalms by a Church father)

Other Commentaries & Links

A Harmony of the Four Gospels (a chronological life of Christ compiled from the canonical Gospels, this is the most widely used harmony; see also The Diatessaron link)

Adam Clarkes Clavis Biblica (unlike Nave's, this is a book-based topical index with links; however, it's a bit thin compared to Nave's)

Barnes' Notes on Luke & John

Bible Gateway (numerous English-language Protestant Bible translations)

Bible Study Aids (links to several major commentaries, incl. Matthew Henry & John Wesley)

Biblical History Links

Blue Letter Bible Commentaries (links to numerous commentaries, incl. Ray Stedman & even Sir Isaac Newton!)

Centering Prayer (not  "Prayer 101"; best to consider after attempting Lectio Divina and the Liturgy of the Hours)

CHURCH FATHERS Home (links to writings of the Church fathers)

Christian Apologetics FAQ

Classic Bible Commentaries (organized by book & book chapter of the Bible with links to key commentaries)

Commentaries by John Calvin (according to Spurgeon, Calvin is a "must read" source)

e-Sword (download to your HDD or Pocket PC most of the sources linked in this posting; this free source combined with the CCEL CD , available for US$35, are an unbeatable combination!)

Early Christian Writings (not for the faint of heart; good links to early Christian documents, both orthodox and heretical)

Early Church Fathers (writings of the Church fathers; much more comprehensive than the "CHURCH FATHERS Home" site)

Guide to Early Church Documents (additional links to the early Church fathers)

IVP New Testament Commentaries

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

John Darby's New Testament Commentaries

John Gill's Exposition of the New Testament

John Wesley's Notes on the Bible

Lectio Divina: An Introduction (how to pray the Scriptures, written by a true scholar & gentleman ... and friend)

Liturgy of the Hours (the source for the "Divine Office," also available for PDAs; for a bit of daily Christian theology, try the Office of Readings second reading)

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary (according to Spurgeon, Matthew Henry is the other "must read" source)

Mobile Gabriel (designed as an AvantGo channel for PDAs and smartphones, it's also an excellent way to do daily Bible study by following the liturgical calendar; includes a mediation for each day's readings)

Order of St. Benedict: Lectio Divina Links (more on Lectio; an excellent site to visit after reading Fr. Luke)

PDA This Week (the AvantGo version of "The Text This Week," although the online version is a great source for some of the best "The Text This Week" links)

People's New Testament

Recommended Readings Bookshelf from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (links to quite possibly the best Christian writings sans the Bible)

Sacred Space (a contemplative, computer-aided way of doing Bible readings and meditation; PDA version is available)

Selected Christian Books Online (links to online books, incl. Torrey's How to Pray and Bounds' The Necessity of Prayer)

The Diatessaron (widely used in the early Church and by the early Church fathers, this is the oldest complete harmony in existence)

The Treasury of David (commentary on the Psalms by Charles Spurgeon produced by

The Text This Week (sermon/homily/reflection aids, with lots of links; includes an index by Scripture)

St. Josemaria Escriva works (links to his works on an "active" apostolate by this 20th century Saint & founder of Opus Dei)

Web-Based Bible Commentaries (includes Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and links to many other commentaries)

World Wide Study Bible (organized by book of the Bible with links to numerous commentaries)

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

No Gospel in "Da Vinci Code" Claims, Scholars Say (from National Geographic Channel)

Okay, nothing new.  However, it's nice to see this published in a secular source.  See .
Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, January 2nd: Special Seasonal Reflection

"The Holy Family: Called by an Angel, Led by God"

When: There will be a regular gathering of the non-denomination Qingdao Christian Fellowship on Sunday the 2nd from 10:00-11:30 am

Where: 25th Floor of the HiSense Tower (HiSense's corporate headquarters) on Donghai Road.

What: A special Christmastide reflection along with seasonal hymns

Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23

Note: Due to Chinese government regulations, only holders of foreign (non-Chinese) passports are allowed and a passport must be brought for identification purposes.

The Qingdao Christian Fellowship is an ecumenical service open to all foreign passport holders. We welcome Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox and non-affiliated Christians to our English-language fellowship. And, of course, we welcome all seekers and visitors. Please join us on the 2nd ... and every Sunday.

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Merry Christmastide!!

Friday, December 17, 2004

ADDENDUM to the Christmas Eve 2004 Celebration posting

This celebration is open to everyone and does not require holding a foreign (non-Chinese) passport.  Please bring your family and friends!!
Come ALL 'ye faithful ...

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Christmas Eve 2004 Celebration

At Post and Telecom Recreation Center, #4 Zhang Hau Lu (near Silver Garden)

When: Christmas Eve, 24 December 2004, 6:30-8:00 pm - Dessert/snacks (no supper).

Where: 2nd floor of the Activities Center Building

What: Singing, children's performance, special music, snacks, fun, a review of Augustine's apologetics themes in his treatise The City of God (okay, just kidding about the last one ...)

Cost: RMB 10 for 12 years old and up

Bus: 31, 104, 222, 309, 363, 501

Please bring a dessert or snack to share (cookies, cake, sandwiches, kimbob [I have no idea what this is!], cashews, vegetable sticks & dip, fruit, ...). We hope you can come!!