What has been your favorite class at CAPA so far and why?
Ah, my favorite class at CAPA has been —I should talk of… In fact, there are many subject, which I have enjoyed, but homiletics class, especially expository preaching, because in fact, before I came here at CAPA, I had been preaching, but the way I was preaching was not good, in the sense that I was unable to expose the truth. So when I came here at CAPA, I almost repented that all the messages that I was preaching were not good messages because I was unable to pick the truth from the text. So homiletics has been the subject which I have enjoyed at CAPA. Sure.
Do you remember an example of a text that you preached before you came to CAPA that was not a good sermon?
In fact, yes, I remember, for example, parables in the gospel. For example, the parable that Zacchaeus, a short guy, climbed up in the tree. Yeah, wishing to see Jesus. So that one, I could just allegorize it to say Zacchaeus, being short--that is, shortness did not mean that he was actually short, it was because of sin, interpreting that when he went up into the tree, that tree represented the church — that a sinner cannot see Jesus if he is not in the church. So he has to be in the church so that he should see Jesus in all things.
So when I learned principles of hermeneutics, then I discovered that no, that was not the real teaching, that is not the real message that is in that passage. So I saw that no, that was not a good message. So when I came here at CAPA, my eyes were opened. I saw for me to come up with message, I have to read, observe, and interpret, then apply, and also, I have also to go to the authorial intent, to ask myself, “Why did God put this in the Bible?” Then after getting that authorial intent is when I can come up with the right message, the right interpretation, and the right application. Sure.