August 31, 2019

One of the things that has dawned on me gradually in working on my Biblical theology, is that God works with his people according to where they are in their development as people of God, and thus necessarily differing arrangements apply to differing covenantal situations. Jesus, in his comment about Moses’ permitting divorce, says this was allowed due to the hardness of human hearts at that juncture. Mutatis Mutandis, to whom more is given, for instance the Holy Spirit as… Read more

August 30, 2019

I had time to visit the botanical garden, but it was blisteringly hot. Everywhere you look there are images and shrines to the King, including in the garden. After awhile one needs to go indoors, and hopes suddenly rise for some comfort food of an American sort….so I went to a good ole North Carolina franchise store in the Bangkok mall— Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Only to discover—- sorts of doughnuts I had never seen even in my wildest dreams. I… Read more

August 29, 2019

A more interesting museum is the Jim Thompson house museum, which has many facets to it. Jim was an American architect who moved to Bangkok, due to his great love for Oriental culture and art. He built a house out of antique parts, a door from here, a floor from there, and filled his house with Chinese art of various sorts in 1959. He went on an exploration trip to Malaysia in 1967, and completely disappeared. What happened to him… Read more

August 28, 2019

Bangkok has a large Museum of Art and Culture, and in structure it looks a lot like the Met in NY, except much larger. It is a museum of modern art, and I’m not much impressed with most of that. There are also shops in the museum selling art and artifacts. And after all that art one needs one’s just desserts— sticky rice mango ice cream…… what?????? Read more

August 27, 2019

Everywhere you look in Bangkok, there is yet another Buddhist temple or shrine. Indeed there is a saying in Thailand, to be Thai is to be Buddhist. It is the official religion of the country. Almost as inescapable are all the cartoon images ranging from Pikachu to Hello Kitty, to others…. Read more

August 26, 2019

Right in the middle of Bangkok is a huge Christian school, originally started by missionaries in the 19th century. It is called Bangkok Christian College, but it is not a college in the American sense– it is a K-12 school with, wait for it, 60,000 students. Yes you heard me right. The vast majority of them are not Christians, but apparently the education at this private and rather pricy school is so good that people send their students there… as… Read more

August 24, 2019

So, as I mentioned, it is very hot and humid in Thailand most of the year, and everything imaginable and exotic grows here. The soil must be pretty fertile as well. Of course Thai folk eat a lot of dishes with rice or noodles (see Pad Thai), but the Thai like their fruit, and they like food spicy– very spicy! Even my scramble eggs were too spicy. And then too they like strange combinations of things— like mango and sticky… Read more

August 23, 2019

Ah, Chinatown. It’s an interesting visit wherever it is– in this case in Bangkok. Millions of Chinese moved to this country due to the Communistic revolution. Here is some evidence… The smells, the tastes, the art and architecture are distinctive, but what the Chinese do have in common with the Thais is Buddhism…. (see the reclining Buddha above). The art is interesting for sure…. One more thing you may have noticed from one of the pictures above— while Chinese is… Read more

August 22, 2019

One of the more disturbing aspects of Buddhism is its fascination with demons and sinister snakes….. Look closely at the trim on this building The smaller shrines are places where individuals, not monks or priests come to pray…. To me the most beautiful of the small shrines is this one… Read more

August 21, 2019

It is really hard to describe how golden this whole complex really is, involving numerous temples and shrines… Read more

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