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Valsan Thampu ( - )
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Valsan Thampu in text and pdf format. Rev. Valson Thampu, who combines wide-ranging experiences in higher education, social action, multi-faith initiatives, media, preaching, research and writing, has been engaged in mainstreaming the Christian presence in India. Leaving the certainties of a coveted job, he plunged into public life a few years ago and has become, in a short span of time, a household name.
A proponent of the “spirituality of seeking,” as against the religiosity of mere compliance, Rev. Valson’s writings are distinguished for their originality of thought and freshness of style. All of his writings are a contemporary response to the words of Jesus, “Cast your net in the deep”.
Children are biblically mandated to obey their parents. It is prescribed as an unconditional requirement, except when such obedience conflicts with the duty to obey God. Children are to obey their parents for no other reason than that they are parents. ... read more
FAMILY AND EDUCATION
Middle-class parents, those who cannot leave substantial legacies to their children, are acutely aware of the importance of education today. They are keen to provide the best possible educational facilities to their children. But most people subscribe t ... read more
FAMILY AND WORSHIP
Family worship is grossly neglected today. In the scattered and divided life that we lead, especially in the urban context, worship at home is the first casualty and God is crowed out of our personal and family life. Unless forced by situations of despe ... read more
The age in which we live prefers the typical to the unique. Today conforming to the tastes and ways of the world has become a craze. Media enables the modern materialistic culture to be pervasively invasive. The world is too much with us. And the hedge ... read more
FAMILY, SICKNESS AND CARING
Sickness is a natural aspect of family life. It is necessary, therefore, that we develop a positive and spiritually sound attitude to sickness and caring.
The secular-technological culture sees sickness only in negative terms. It is an evil to be avo ... read more
FEAR OF GOD
And Now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord's commandments and Hisdecrees tha ... read more
GOD'S TIME - MAN'S TIME : WHOSE TIME?
Somewhere deep in the bowels of Hell, Satan convened his demons.
"How do we capture the souls of these humans?" he asked them for suggestions.
"O Father, of Lies, tell them there is no Heaven", said one. "With no prospect of eternal reward, they'll ... read more
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the manifesto of a spiritual revolution. While the revolutions of the world seek to effect changes by force in the external world, the spiritual revolution of Jesus effects a paradigm shift in human nature with the power of ... read more
HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES
Having exhorted wives to shift from resistance to submission, Paul goes on to urge husbands to give up control and gain companionship. They must love their wives. The very fact that it seemed necessary to the Apostle to give this instruction at all prov ... read more
JUSTICE TO CHILDREN
It is instructive to examine the general impressions about and attitude to children. To sample adult opinions about having or being with children is to realize how ambivalent we are towards them. We love and hate them. We long for them and feel burdened ... read more
KNOW THIS WOMAN?
“Should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” [St. Luke 13: 16]
Let us, first, take note of the irony in this thought-provoking incident. ... read more
PARENTS AND CHILDREN
The spirit of alienation that marks our age has infected the parent-child relationship acutely. This has escalated the tensions and traumas of parenting. Two forces complement each other in this respect. There is, on the one hand, a diminution of parent ... read more
Paul exhorts fathers that they should not, “exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6: 4).
Paul's instruction in this section is rooted in the larger context of the biblical understanding ... read more
WIVES, OBEY YOUR HUSBANDS!
It is significant that Paul addresses wives first. This is not a clever strategy to appease husbands; nor should it be misunderstood as yet another instance of Paul’s male chauvinism! It is, instead, an acknowledgement of the crucial importance of the ... read more
YOUTH AND FAITH
Joseph: A Role Model for the Youth
We need to reckon three preliminary issues while addressing the relevance of faith to youth.
The first is that of the increasing marginalisation of the biblical faith from the mainstream of contemporary life. Mos ... read more