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Vision Cast:

  • For pentecostal fullness worldwide.
  • My accepted placement in PhD programme at Bangor University (Wales, UK); The Centre of Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies.

Dear Friends

On 3 April I was scheduled to formally begin my PhD programme with Bangor University (Wales, UK), under the Center for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies.  I was privileged to have as my doctoral supervisor, Dr Frank D. Macchia, a world-class pentecostal theologian.  Visit his website at https://www.frankdmacchia.com/bangor-u .  There you will find my profile as one of his PhD students.

I was to enrol from 25 March to 10 April.  Unfortunately, I could not complete the procedure as I could not meet the first year’s tuition fee of £6,200 [Total cost: 4 years x £6,200 plus yearly meeting trip].  Last year I applied for a local scholarship, which we believed would kick-start the programme.  But in early April, they informed me that I did not meet the demographic requirements.  Hence, for now, my Bangor programme is on hold, until I can meet for starters, the first year’s tuition fee.

Let me describe the working relationship I have enjoyed with Dr Macchia, what I already achieved since having the dissertation thesis approved last year, and the momentum we both saw towards now writing the dissertation manuscript.  For those familiar with the research involved, I will share some of the technical details.

The title is, “Towards a Pentecostal Liturgical Theology/Aesthetic and Practice of Sacred Time.”  Liturgical studies is an emerging and exciting new field within pentecostal scholarship.  I believe I have a substantial contribution to make to it.  So I would also like to see my eventual dissertation published.

The first “methodology” chapter foremost builds on the work of Walter Hollenweger, father of modern pentecostal scholarship, who seminally demonstrated the notions of pentecostal oral spirituality/liturgy/theology.  He argued that the great contribution of Pentecostalism to world Christianity is not pneumatology, but “liturgy.”  .The middle chapters comprise evaluative conversations with three selected interlocutors: Daniel Albrecht, Simon Chan, and James K.A. Smith; three theologians who have constructed liturgically-oriented theologies from or in behalf of pentecostal concerns and/or intuitions.

Last year it took me several months to craft the dissertation proposal, having gone through some revisions.  I thus crafted the approved version as a tightly worded yet thorough and focused document.  Since January this year, Dr Macchia began monthly conversations with me; and we had a great in-person meeting at the SPS meeting last March in St Louis, Missouri.  In fact, he made certain investment in beginning my programme, by providing research resources I need to engage.  Early this year, he advised to me start writing the first chapter, and aim to complete it by November this year.  I believe we both knew that I had already completed enough research, and can confidently move forward in writing the manuscript.  In fact, I believe the middle chapters may prove even easier, because I already have a good grasp of my selected interlocutors.

While I am not able to presently enrol and formally begin the programme, I am advised to stay on the project, so that once, God willing, I am able to do so, I may proceed with greater speed.  I have decided that I will attempt to do this.  Meaning, I will try in the meantime, to start writing the first chapter, though I am now not able to enrol.

Let me close with some comments about risk-taking, faith, and victory.

Over these past months, the Lord has encountered me with encouraging and even supernatural affirmations.  I can accurately say He has revealed His manifest glory to Jee Fong and I.  He has consistently been dropping Words in my heart about these themes.  So even as God opens our posture the whole world and His mission for its healing— we see the whole world and future before us.  Our desire is that on the way to “Spain” (Rom 15:23, 28-29) that God’s Spirit may move us outward and forward— to wherever and however we might best come to all people, in the fullness of Christ’s blessing.

I will therefore close by again including here the Mission / Vision Statement I have earlier articulated for framing these endeavours, and the need that must be met for enrolling at Bangor University.  We deeply appreciate your continued prayers towards:

  1. Immediate tuition funding that I may now enrol.
  2. Long-term strategies for meeting the 4-year PhD expenses.
  3. Any new ministerial, church, organisational, or collaborative relations that may also help towards the short or long-term funding of this venture.

If you feel prompted to further converse towards seeing these aims come to pass, feel free to write me:

monterice@gmail.com

monteleerice.wordpress.com

sg.linkedin.com/in/monterice

 

Mission / Vision Statement

Life mission

To preach the Gospel for all creation, fostering pentecostal spirituality and its theological tradition worldwide— for the unifying renewal of the global Church.

Missional framing of the Bangor PhD programme

Before God, as best my wife Jee Fong and I discern, I am entering this programme with this renewed sense of life mission.

Hence, before God as best my wife and I also discern, we enter this programme with readiness to go wherever He may send us in convergence to this doctoral project’s purpose and outcomes for:

  • The global renewing of pentecostal spirituality.
  • The growing renaissance of this tradition’s theological tradition.
  • In ecumenical service for the unifying renewal of the Church of God worldwide and the greater glory of God.

We are thus ready to go wherever its labour may take us, to maximise its purpose and potential outcomes for the good of the global Pentecostal tradition, and the worldwide Church of God.

 For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.

Before God: Practice mercy, cause justice, heal the world.

  • Airfare + main expenses met for Mar 17 USA trip to attend SPS mtg!
  • “Admission offer” received from Bangor University (Wales) to begin on 3 April: MPhil/PhD programme through The Centre of Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies. Second, this programme has been at the cutting edge of world-class pentecostal theological studies, so I am thankful to embark on it’s platform.

PRAISE REPORT

Friends and Family out there— The Good Lord is graciously teaching me through His “school of gratitude.”

FIRST: Through a surprising OVERFLOW of miraculous provisions, my scheduled March USA trip is now fully insured, thus enabling my attendance at the 2017 Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) Meeting (9–11 March) in St. Louis, Missouri (USA).

Before God and many of you, and a few very sacrificially involved people, let me say: thank you. I grow increasingly indebted to so many kind Brothers and Sisters, and Family, all over the world. Besides presenting a paper in one the Ecumenical Interest Group sessions, this SPS trip now has a second important purpose: to meet my doctoral supervisor for the doctoral programme scheduled to begin on 3 April.

SECOND: As just mentioned, on Dec 16 I received from Bangor University (Wales), an “admission offer” to the MPhil/PhD programme through The Centre of Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies.

Last October I shared how I submitted my application for this, and how my doctoral proposal was essentially approved (pentecostal liturgical theology and practice of sacred time). So with much thanks to God, I have now received an “admission offer,” and am scheduled to begin on 3 April.

Let me briefly state two things I am thankful about concerning this endeavour.

First, I am thankful to God for a doctoral supervisor who happens to be one of the finest pentecostal theologians worldwide. Across Christian traditions, he is known for evidencing a deep passion towards fusing pentecostal experience, worship, mission, and theologising— into one practiced way of life. I am therefore very grateful to God for how this has thus far transpired.

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer request I shall today share, specifically focuses on issues concerning beginning the Bangor programme on 3 April.

Here it is: last year I have applied for a scholarship that could substantially kick-start and underwrite this programme. I have not yet received a definite word on its outcome. I am still waiting.

Friends, Family, Brothers and Sisters in the Lord— may I seek your prayer for God’s miraculous help and favour in this matter. It would really be a huge miracle, yet for this miracle, we remain motivated to pray towards its coming.

MY VISION AND PASSION

As I have shared before, throughout the past year, Jee Fong and I have recognised that moving forward towards this aspiration, requires readiness to go forward wherever its labour may take us, to maximise its purpose and potential outcomes for the good of the global Pentecostal tradition, and the worldwide Church of God.

For sure, this renewed openness to God and His whole world has enabled me to frame this doctoral programme within a renewed sense of life mission. Namely: To preach the Gospel for all creation, fostering pentecostal spirituality and its theological tradition worldwide— for the unifying renewal of the global Church.

So before God, as best my wife Jee Fong and I discern, we enter this willing to go wherever He may send us in convergence to this doctoral project’s purpose and outcomes for:

  • The global renewing of pentecostal spirituality.
  • The growing renaissance of this tradition’s theological tradition.
  • In ecumenical service for the unifying renewal of the Church of God worldwide and the greater glory of God.

Besides the scholarship funding we are praying for, your prayer is also appreciated towards establishing:

  1. Other long-term strategies for meeting the yearly PhD expenses.
  2. Any new ministerial, church, organisational, or collaborative relations that may likewise help towards the short or long-term funding of this venture.

The peace of Christ be yours through the power of God’s Spirit,

Monte

For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.

Before God: Practice mercy, cause justice, heal the world.

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Through the Spirit of Jesus who proclaims the healing of God to all creation—grace, peace, and joy be yours in increasing fullness

Your prayer is appreciated towards funding the overseas flight for my scheduled participation at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 9-11 March 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Thank God my flight-leg from LA to St. Louis is now covered, and most other expenses.  What is primarily outstanding is funding the overseas flight (S’pore to LA).

As the conference theme is, “Pentecostalism and Culture,” I will be presenting a paper in an Ecumenical Interest Group session, titled, “Towards a Pentecostal Conscientizing Praxis of Mass Culture Engagement.”  From the wells of pentecostal spirituality, I will suggest a moral-forming model for engaging pop and mass culture, in dialogue with Roman Catholic resources and approaches.

You may visit the following website for full information and deposit details:

https://www.youcaring.com/monte-jee-fong-rice-486654

There you will find all relevant details, how God has provided thus far, what I now need help with, and how you can help.

Let me close by framing this committed trip within a sustaining vision:

To preach the Gospel for all creation, fostering pentecostal spirituality and its theological tradition worldwide— for the unifying renewal of the global Church.

Thus promoting:

  • The global renewing of pentecostal spirituality.
  • The growing renaissance of this tradition’s theological tradition.
  • In ecumenical service for the unifying renewal of the Church of God worldwide and the greater glory of God.

The peace of Christ be yours through the power of God’s Spirit,

Monte

monterice@gmail.com

 

For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.

Before God: Practice mercy, cause justice, heal the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the day

Blessed are we who come

In the name of the Lord.

 

We thank You

Lord, for You are good

Your love endures for ever.

From Your enduring love

All righteous gates

Open up to us.

 

A willing heart You give me

An open ear I give You

 

I come to do Your will

For this is the day

You have made

We will rejoice

Be glad in it.

 

Amen.

Gold dust

Today I saw the glory
From grey skies fall
Like gold stardust
Like rain on grass
Beneath our feet
Making this day
Holy.

Speak Your calm

Drop Your dews of quiet rest

Till all our strivings cease;

Lord in our soul

Still the strain.

 

Through these storms that rage

Speak calm small still voice

That from this holy ground

Our lives speak—

 

The beauty of Your peace.

 

Improvisio; adapted from “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,” by John Greenleaf Whitter (1872).

May God give you

May the Lord Himself give you peace

May He in all places give you hope

May He in all times give you joy.

 

May God Himself sanctify you

May He save you all the way

Through and through

 

May His Spirit fill you

May He power you

With love.

 

Make yourself an ark

“‘Make yourself an ark . . .
For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth . . . ’”
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”
 
I’ve been pondering Noah’s faith. He built the ark, though it was a long time before the rain fell. I then remembered that’s just what Hebrews says: “By faith Noah . . . built an ark . . . .”
He built the ark on the “conviction of things not seen.”
 
Sometimes God nudges us to build “arks,” though there’s no present show of coming rain.
 
Come Holy Spirit, Lord, Giver of Life.
 
Remember the poor who hope in You.
Renew all dreams birthed in the footprints of Jesus.
Resurrect all fallen seed— with the hundredfold blessing.
Amen.

The faithfulness of Jesus

The faithfulness of Jesus—

Disarms the powers of worry, fear, and shame

Strips naked the facades of worldly pride

Bestows confidence in prayer,

And empowers us with the Spirit

Of unflinching courage

Unwavering tenacity

And undying love.

Broken bread

As we take, break, and eat Your Word
So take, break, and serve us
To Your world.
Amen.

In the Bible we read You hear prayer and open closed wombs.

Hear our our prayers.

Give us more than dreams.

Give us more than vision.

Give us open wombs.

 

Sprout fruit on all our trees;

Overflowing; more than enough.

Enrich the ground where we stand.

Send Your rain.

 

Amen.

 

In the Bible we read You hear prayer and open closed wombs.
Hear our our prayers.
Give us more than dreams.
Give us more than vision.
Give us open wombs.
 
Sprout fruit on all our trees;
Overflowing; more than enough.
Enrich the ground where we stand.
Send Your rain.
 
Amen.




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