Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Reformed Website in Indonesian

I happened to come across a Reformed Website from Singapore, presented in the Indonesian language (link to site). For those whose first language is Indonesian, this resource may provide some further assistance.

-TurretinFan

UPDATE: Corrected "Malay" to "Indonesian" thanks to helpful comments (see the comment box).

11 comments:

natamllc said...

TF,

my wife's brother lives in Singapore and is a Christian. I will if I can get her to send the link to him and see what he can ferret out on this?

Turretinfan said...

Sounds great! Thanks!

Albert Medina said...

Hi TF,

I don't speak Malay. But since Malay and related languages spoken by Malaysians, Indonesians, and Singaporeans (except Chinese and Indian languages), and the languages of Filipinos like me belong to the same family of languages, I think the language of the blog is Malay. Though the language itself is unintelligible to me, the words used by the bloggers resemble the words of my language. The difference would be something like the difference between English and German, in my opinion. This is confirmed by the fact that the three major groups in Singapore are the Chinese, the Malays, and the Indians. The blog's language is surely not Chinese, and doesn't sound Indian either. It's probably Malay. If it's not Bahasa Malaysia, it will still be a language closely related to it.

The good thing about the blog is that Malays coming from Indonesia and Malaysia are mostly Muslims. Apparently, the same holds true for Singapore. Christians in Singapore which I myself have visited are mostly coming from the Chinese community. The fact that the Malay blog exists is a good indication that more and more people from (probably) non-Christian backgrounds are discovering the Reformed Faith.

Thanks for this post. :)

Turretinfan said...

Thanks, Albert!

Paijo said...

Hi turretinfan,
I am an Indonesian Living in Indonesia. I checked the blog and it is in Indonesian and the article is a translation from: http://pilgrimcovenant.com/publication/main_articles/2002/wklyArt_020127.htm.

Regards

Turretinfan said...

Thanks Paijo!

Paijo said...

TF,
here is another website with reformed content mostly in Indonesian: http://www.geocities.com/thisisreformed/reformasi.html.

Just for your information, reformed theology has come to the attention of many Indonesian through a man named Rev. Stephen Tong - an Indonesia of Chinese origin. He established what is called Reformed Evangelical Churches in several main cities of Indonesia. He and his colleagues also establish publishing company which translates good books from English into Indonesian. He also lectured in prestigious universities in Indonesia (as well as abroad I think).

Turretinfan said...

Thanks again, Paijo!

Albert Medina said...

Thanks Pajio for the clarification. A few days ago, I went to the website of the International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC), and saw that two Indonesian Reformed denominations are member bodies. That is truly good news for a country that is predominantly Muslim.

Sadly, however, professing Reformed bodies here in my country have not been able to join a conservative group like the ICRC. I know of two Filipino Reformed denominations. But they seem to be Reformed in name only. They are essentially evangelical in outlook.

At present, a group of confessional Reformed churches in the Philippines are organizing a federation of churches, and is receiving assistance from the RCUS and, a URCNA California congregation. It doesn't have a website yet. But if the federation finally gets organized, my prayer is that it will also join the ICRC.

I am saying this, TF, because I think I am slowly becoming a Reformed paedobaptist, and have seen the rationale for the Presbyterian church government. The paradigm shift is difficult, but I learned a lot from it, and still learning. Thanks.

Adi said...

Hi TF and all,

Since I am the owner of reposeinthee.blogspot.com, may I confirm that indeed the articles which you see lately are written in Indonesian. I am Indonesian, staying in Singapore. I have been translating some Reformed articles as well as posting translation of Joseph Alleine's book "Alarm to the Unconverted" serially. Hope it will be beneficial to Indonesian-speaking Christians and non-Christians alike. Ocassionally I also write in English. Feel free to drop by. Thank you.

Paijo said...

Albert,
I used to be a member of a church federation that is member of ICRC. It is called Gereja-Gereja Reformasi Indonesia (Reformed Churches in Indonesia). As I now reside in another province, I am attend another church federation which is somewhat Presbyterian but looks like it does not really hold firmly to Presbyterian creeds. Sermons are not as I expect it to come from Reformed/Presbyterian pulpit.

But thanks to many reformed websites on the internet, I can still hold to my faith despite of non-conducive situation.

Best