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My vision and passion

Several weeks ago I re-visited the “life-mission” concept. So I tried stating in one sentence, what seems to be the gripping passion that drives my soul, imagination, and aspirations.

Here’s what I wrote:

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

I am an ecumenical Pentecostal. For me, this means three things.

First, through these past months I have found my Pentecostal identity renewed, as one called by God to represent this tradition.  Hence, to minister the Gospel, out of the resources that define this tradition.

Second, it is a tradition God has entrusted me with. It is a “trust” given to me.  A “trust” that shapes my reading of the Gospel (Jesus as Saviour / Sanctifier, Spirit Baptiser, Healer, Coming King), and how I am obliged to preach the Gospel.

Third, I am called to discharge this trust in ecumenical service to the greater global Church. This means I recognise all church traditions as gifted, with unique gifts of the Holy Spirit. I believe that God desires us to acknowledge that these gifts reside within our diverse traditions, and through the Spirit of fellowship, share them with one another. We do so for the global and unifying renewal of the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church. I believe I have a part to play in this great cause. I believe that this should define and navigate the ongoing outcome of my life.

Empowered by this passion and in wanting to do God’s will as best as I am discerning it, I am aspiring towards beginning a PhD project in 2017. This is not something new.  It is an aspiration I have held for nearly three decades. Yet my past five years of SPS (Society for Pentecostal Studies) participation has strongly joined this desire to an awakened sense of destiny within the global Pentecostal tradition, in ecumenical service for the greater Church of God.

Towards this aim, I have been dialoguing over the past year with two different institutional routes. Both hope I can begin in 2017. One route would go in the direction of Pentecostal ecumenical theology, and the other towards Pentecostal mission theology.

Over the past several weeks, another factor filtered into these reflections.  This factor was remembrance on how many years ago, my early missionary commissioning has effected two plus decades of life lived beyond my homeland. Hence, I have sensed that this notion of global availability should help steer our navigation through the challenges that lie before my wife and I.

One hindering factor that stands before us and this PhD aspiration, is the financial costs. It presently remains beyond our social-economic reach. Hence, the one thing that holds us back right now, is financially initiating the PhD programme, and perhaps demonstrating that we can financially see it through to its completion.

Therefore, late last March on a countryside walk, I shared the following realisation with my wife Jee Fong.  What I shared is this.  That perhaps for the funding of this aspired PhD programme to emerge, we must now foster complete openness to God and His whole world.  We should do so, presuming that this may be prerequisite for moving into His best for our lives. I am thus sensing that this venture may evoke entirely new ministry/placement opportunities anywhere worldwide.  And hence, that we must be ready for re-location anywhere worldwide, and willing to travel wherever the Lord would send us in convergence to this aspiration.

Therefore, I am believing that it may be best to frame this aspired endeavour within a freshly fostered openness towards God’s will at this life-stage.  This is an openness that avails towards anywhere worldwide that God may see as best fitting, towards engaging this PhD project. We believe we are ready to move forward, wherever this may take us, in order to fulfil this task and maximise its purpose, potential outcomes, for the good of the global Pentecostal tradition, and the worldwide Church of God.

I am therefore seeking prayer for God’s miraculous provisions. Prayer towards any help towards establishing:

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

To reiterate, my aim is to help:

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

For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.

 

My vision and passion

Last March I re-visited the “life-mission” concept. So I tried stating in one sentence, what seems to be the gripping passion that drives my soul, imagination, and aspirations.

Here’s what I wrote:

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

I am an ecumenical Pentecostal. For me, this means three things.

First, through these past months I have found my Pentecostal identity renewed, as one called by God to represent this tradition.  Hence, to minister the Gospel, out of the resources that define this tradition.

Second, it is a tradition God has entrusted me with. It is a “trust” given to me.  A “trust” that shapes my reading of the Gospel (Jesus as Saviour / Sanctifier, Spirit Baptiser, Healer, Coming King), and how I am obliged to preach the Gospel.

Third, I am called to discharge this trust in ecumenical service to the greater global Church. This means I recognise all church traditions as gifted, with unique gifts of the Holy Spirit. I believe that God desires us to acknowledge that these gifts reside within our diverse traditions, and through the Spirit of fellowship, share them with one another. We do so for the global and unifying renewal of the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church. I believe I have a part to play in this great cause. I believe that this should define and navigate the ongoing outcome of my life.

Empowered by this passion and in wanting to do God’s will as best as I am discerning it, I am aspiring towards beginning a PhD project in 2017. This is not something new.  It is an aspiration I have held for nearly three decades. Yet my past five years of SPS (Society for Pentecostal Studies) participation has strongly joined this desire to an awakened sense of destiny within the global Pentecostal tradition, in ecumenical service for the greater Church of God.

Towards this aim, I have been dialoguing over the past year with two different institutional routes. Both hope I can begin in 2017. One route would go in the direction of Pentecostal ecumenical theology, and the other towards Pentecostal mission theology.

Over the past several weeks, another factor filtered into these reflections.  This factor was remembrance on how many years ago, my early missionary commissioning has effected two plus decades of life lived beyond my homeland. Hence, I have sensed that this notion of global availability should help steer our navigation through the challenges that lie before my wife and I.

One hindering factor that stands before us and this PhD aspiration, is the financial costs. It presently remains beyond our social-economic reach. Hence, the one thing that holds us back right now, is financially initiating the PhD programme, and perhaps demonstrating that we can financially see it through to its completion.

Therefore, late last March on a countryside walk, I shared the following realisation with my wife Jee Fong.  What I shared is this.  That perhaps for the funding of this aspired PhD programme to emerge, we must now foster complete openness to God and His whole world.  We should do so, presuming that this may be prerequisite for moving into His best for our lives. I am thus sensing that this venture may evoke entirely new ministry/placement opportunities anywhere worldwide.  And hence, that we must be ready for re-location anywhere worldwide, and willing to travel wherever the Lord would send us in convergence to this aspiration.

Therefore, I am believing that it may be best to frame this aspired endeavour within a freshly fostered openness towards God’s will at this life-stage.  This is an openness that avails towards anywhere worldwide that God may see as best fitting, towards engaging this PhD project. We believe we are ready to move forward, wherever this may take us, in order to fulfil this task and maximise its purpose, potential outcomes, for the good of the global Pentecostal tradition, and the worldwide Church of God.

I am therefore seeking prayer for God’s miraculous provisions. Prayer towards any help towards establishing:

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

To reiterate, my aim is to help:

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

For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.

Several weeks ago I re-visited the “life-mission” concept. So I tried stating in one sentence, what seems to be the gripping passion that drives my soul, imagination, and aspirations.

Here’s what I wrote:

To preach the Gospel for all creation, fostering Pentecostal spirituality and its theological tradition worldwide— for the unifying renewal of the global Church.
I am an ecumenical Pentecostal. For me, this means three things.

First, through these past months I have found my Pentecostal identity renewed, as one called by God to represent this tradition.  Hence, to minister the Gospel, out of the resources that define this tradition.

Second, it is a tradition God has entrusted me with. It is a “trust” given to me.  A “trust” that shapes my reading of the Gospel (Jesus as Saviour / Sanctifier, Spirit Baptiser, Healer, Coming King), and how I am obliged to preach the Gospel.

Third, I am called to discharge this trust in ecumenical service to the greater global Church. This means I recognise all church traditions as gifted, with unique gifts of the Holy Spirit. I believe that God desires us to acknowledge that these gifts reside within our diverse traditions, and through the Spirit of fellowship, share them with one another. We do so for the global and unifying renewal of the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church. I believe I have a part to play in this great cause. I believe that this should define and navigate the ongoing outcome of my life.

Empowered by this passion and in wanting to do God’s will as best as I am discerning it, I am aspiring towards beginning a PhD project in 2017. This is not something new.  It is an aspiration I have held for nearly three decades. Yet my past five years of SPS (Society for Pentecostal Studies) participation has strongly joined this desire to an awakened sense of destiny within the global Pentecostal tradition, in ecumenical service for the greater Church of God.

Towards this aim, I have been dialoguing over the past year with two different institutional routes. Both hope I can begin in 2017. One route would go in the direction of Pentecostal ecumenical theology, and the other towards Pentecostal mission theology.

Over the past several weeks, another factor filtered into these reflections.  This factor was remembrance on how many years ago, my early missionary commissioning has effected two plus decades of life lived beyond my homeland. Hence, I have sensed that this notion of global availability should help steer our navigation through the challenges that lie before my wife and I.

One hindering factor that stands before us and this PhD aspiration, is the financial costs. It presently remains beyond our social-economic reach. Hence, the one thing that holds us back right now, is financially initiating the PhD programme, and perhaps demonstrating that we can financially see it through to its completion.

Therefore, late last March on a countryside walk, I shared the following realisation with my wife Jee Fong.  What I shared is this.  That perhaps for the funding of this aspired PhD programme to emerge, we must now foster complete openness to God and His whole world.  We should do so, presuming that this may be prerequisite for moving into His best for our lives. I am thus sensing that this venture may evoke entirely new ministry/placement opportunities anywhere worldwide.  And hence, that we must ready for re-location anywhere worldwide, and willing to travel wherever the Lord would send us in convergence to this aspiration.

Therefore, I am believing that it may be best to frame this aspired endeavour within a freshly fostered openness towards God’s will at this life-stage.  This is an openness that avails towards anywhere worldwide that God may see as best fitting, towards engaging this PhD project. We believe we are ready to move forward, wherever this may take us, in order to fulfil this task and maximise its purpose, potential outcomes, for the good of the global Pentecostal tradition, and the worldwide Church of God.

I am therefore seeking prayer for God’s miraculous provisions. Prayer towards any help towards establishing:

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

To reiterate, my aim is to help:

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

 

For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.

 

To the gates of heaven, let your eyes ever be lifted.
Whatever Love holds long and deep,
Love shall quicken,
Love shall grow,
Love shall blossom.
Trust the Way— where dreams are born.

Listed here are 50 writers whom I think for one reason or another, have had an indelible  influence on me over the past ten years.  Those names preceded by a diamond, indicate those whom I would identify as the 15 most influential authors.

Several important comments are in order here.  First, the list is alphabetical, not in order of interest or importance.  Second, there are other formative authors that have shaped me earlier in life; I have not listed them here, because the following list represents in contrast influential authors since around 2000.  Click here to read that list. Third, my interest in a given author is not always through a book they have written; for some, I have only read articles they wrote, such as in theological journals.  Fourth, I have managed to expand my interests quite widely; some authors here are from past ages, and some are from traditions quite different from my own.  Fifth, these authors comprise several genres or subjects; some are quite theological, while some are more of a popular level.  A few are quite philosophical, and a few reflect a mystical direction.  Sixth, just because I list an author here, does not means that I necessarily endorse all that a given author writes or represents; but in such a case, while I may not be wholly sympathetic with a given author, I have managed to find some kind of salient insight or trajectory from him or her, that I found most helpful for me.

Finally, as earlier mentioned, I think all these authors have together, come to have an indelible influence on my current thinking, theological perspectives, and understanding of life and ministry.

50 / 15 most influential authors / writers:

Allan Anderson

Robert Banks

Karl Barth

♦ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

David Bosch

Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Donald Bloesch

Christoph Blumhardt

Marcus Borg

♦ Walter Brueggemann

Emil Brunner

Martin Buber

Simon Chan

G. K. Chesterton

Brevard Childs

♦ Terry Cross

Ralph Del Colle

♦ Murray Dempster

Avery Dulles

Richard Foster

Hans Frei

Robert Greenleaf

♦ Stanley Grenz

♦ Stanley Hauerwas

♦ Abraham Herschel

Alan Hirch

♦ Walter Hollenweger

Howard Irvin

Soren Kierkegaard

Steven Land

♦ C. S. Lewis

Madeleine L’Engle

♦ George Lindbeck

♦ Frank Macchia

Robert Menzies

William Menzies

Henri Nouwen

Thomas Oden

Eugene Peterson

♦ Clark Pinnock

Cecil M. Robeck

Walter Rauschenbusch

James K.A. Smith

Roger Stronstad

Del Tarr

♦ Robert Webber

Dallas Willard

♦ N. T. Wright

♦ Evelyn Underhill

Amos Yong

How to reach me

Following are my contact details:

Monte Lee Rice

monterice@gmail.com

https://monteleerice.wordpress.com

Hp: 9060 4460

Postal address:

308B Anchorvale Road #17-74

Singapore (542308)

Favourite music

I have tried to nurture a broad range of music interest.  I lean most towards classical. 

Yet I seek out random sublime selections and sounds from within a wide variety of genres:  older American folks sounds (eg Brothers Four, Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel), contemporary folk (Lisa Ono), light classical (Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman), Celtic, and world music, such as Peruvian, and beautiful epic soundtracks.

Favourite classical composers or genres

There a lot of music I may like, but still don’t know the genres.  A few I know are Baroque, British folk, Spanish classical, Swedish composers, concertos and symphonies.  I have also appreciated Chinese orchestra, and pieces such as Butterfly Lovers.

Favourite composers

  • Alfven
  • Bach
  • Brahms
  • Chopin
  • Copland
  • Debussy
  • Handel
  • Ravel
  • Rodrigo
  • Sibelius
  • Vaughan Williams
  • Vivaldi

Favourite soundtracks

I seem to especially enjoy soundtracks composed by James Horner.

  • Braveheart
  • First Knight
  • Glory
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Passion of the Christ

Contemporary Christian

Anything by Terry MacAlmon, tops my list.  He may not be in the mainstream, but he’s my definition of ‘anointed;’ and with soul.

My other favourites are bit dated: Dennis Jernigan, Graham Kendrick, John Chisum, Kent Henry, and Lynn DeShazo.  I also enjoy older Hillsong sounds, such as the ‘Simply Worship’ series.

I have enjoyed Linda McKechnie’s instrumentals; she tries to synthesise classical melodies with hymns or contemporary praise sounds.

Concerns about contemporary Christian music

I share sympathies with some thoughtful observers, which over these past decades, both structures and people within the Christian music industry have unwittingly created an ethos that too often expresses sub-biblical ideals regarding praise and worship.

What has contributed to this malaise are inherent forces of: consumerism, competitive profit-making driven benchmarks, entertainment culture, sensuality, sensate-driven uses of technology to stimulate “moments of perceived divine presence,” and the whole sale castration of theological reasoning and instruction from the realm of worship and praise.

It worth visiting the following link to Brian McLaren’s “An Open Letter to Worship Song Writers.”  http://www.brianmclaren.net/archives/2005/06/an_open_letter_to_songwriters_265.html ).

McLaren’s letter is a most stimulating essay that offers some thoughtful directions and proposals that are relevant, to actually all believers.

Another observation is that the contemporary drives for “relevance” have actually limited the scope of musical creativity within contemporary Christian music.  A visit to any music store should demonstrate the breadth of music genres that is popularly available.  We need to engage the vast genres that have emerged in today’s world.

Favourite films

I especially enjoy films that express some these distinctives: 

  • Themes of redemption, epics.
  • Journey or quest motifs.
  • Rise of an underdog / against all odds.
  • Films that have some inspirational oratorical rhetoric or speeches.
  • Beautiful choreography.
  • I also appreciate sublime sounding soundtracks- sounds that seem to touch the soul.

Following are some examples:

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Amistad
  • Anna and the King
  • Apollo 13
  • Big Wednesday
  • Brave Heart
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Chocolate
  • El Cid
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Glory
  • Hidalgo
  • Merlin
  • Nevada Smith
  • October Sky
  • Romeo & Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli version)
  • The Bourne trilogy
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The New World
  • The Right Stuff
  • The Pursuit of ‘Happyness’
  • Without Limits
  • 1492: conquest of Paradise

Past times & interests

Following is some info about me, such as:

  • Normal & occasional pastimes
  • Other hobbies & interests
  • Favourite haunts
  • Favourite foods & cuisines

Normal & occasional pastimes

  • Jogging.
  • Swimming.
  • Brisk walking with wife, or long walks along beaches or Lower Pierce Reservoir.
  • Playing Otello with wife.
  • Visiting museums.
  • Attending outdoor concerts at Shaw Symphony Stage in Botanic Gardens, or Beautiful Sunday concerts at Esplanade. Once in a while, we enjoy attending the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
  • Good coffee at clean local coffee shops.
  • Ice Blended or cappuccino at Coffee Bean.

Other hobbies & interests

  • Photography
  • Aquarium fish
  • Fine art

Favourite haunts

  • Changi Village
  • Changi beach
  • Changi boardwalk
  • Elias Park / Pasir Ris beach
  • Sentosa beach (on weekdays)
  • Arab Street

Favourite foods & cusines

  • Nasi pandang
  • Nonya
  • Indian
  • Steamboat
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Steak and mashed potatoes




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