The Unfundamental Conversion

The people in SE Asia left a lasting impression on me. They are kind, less blunt than westerners, more laid back, and far more tolerant. The street friendly atmospher is normal for me since I grew up in the South. But I am not used to so much tolerance. Just as I was finishing my …
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InsanityRanch left a comment on my blog about the difference in the function rules play in Christianity verses the function that rules play in Buddhism. I wanted to quote this not only because it helps us understand Buddhism more, but more importantly, because I think it shows us a bit more about Christianity as well. …
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Buddhism 101: Who Is Jesus?

September 6th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in World Religions - (1 Comments)
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This series is an Q&A with Buddhists from other countries. These are the opinions of different individuals who all come from different countries and have different experiences with Buddhism. Who do you believe Jesus was? Do you think Jesus reached enlightenment like Buddha did? Kenneth (China) Jesus was an enlightened teacher and I think he’s …
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This is a project series interviewing  Buddhists in other countries. Todays questions involve morality, such as what do Buddhists think of modesty, gays, premarital sex, etc. As always, the questions and answers do very just as they do in Christianity. What is “sin? How do people stop this “sin” problem? Kenneth (China) There is no …
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Buddhism 101: Life After Death

September 4th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in World Religions - (11 Comments)

I haven’t forgotten about my Buddhist project. This is a Q&A project with Buddists from different countries who have different experiences and perspectives.  Today we will talk about life after death, tomorrow we will talk about morality (gays, sex, modesty, etc) and our final Q &A will look at the life of Jesus this Friday. …
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Evangelicals believe that a long, long, long time ago, when God created the world, God created people with absolute free will to choose sin or righteousness, to choose God or death. The trick, though, is that God knew that man would choose sin. He knew it. And God knew it while also knowing that he …
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If you have followed by blog since the beginning, this is a story you have heard at least in part before. This post is part of a three part series I am doing on three defining moments on my faith. These stories will come out in consecutive days. People frequently ask me why I am …
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I. As an AWANA (evangelical Bible club) kid, I used to frequently recite this verse from Romans. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. Of course, gospel, as defined as an evangelical, meant that God had swept us up …
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This is a series highlights the perspective of Buddha and his teaching from Buddhists in different parts of the world. For the introduction to this series, and the background of these people, please click here. Additionally, you can find a link to the blogs of some of these individuals by clicking their name. “What do …
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Gospel of Tolerance Part II

May 21st, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions - (10 Comments)

I reached a point a couple of years ago where I was no longer comfortable referring to those in Asia (both locals and expats) as Christians vs. everyone else. I did not want an “us and them.” I wanted an “us.” As a foreigner, this meant it was my job to enter their world, which …
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