Surabaya – Part 2 (Sunrise from Mt. Penanjakan Point 2)

Originally posted on The Province of Chroma:

Slept at 1.30am and set my alarm clock at 3.00am. Gosh! ONLY 2 hours of sleep? While checking on the time on my phone, someone from the hotel reception knocked on our door for a wake up sign. If it doesn’t because of the sunrise moment, i won’t be getting myself ready as early as this. NEVER! Checked the other family members next door and they were preparing themselves as well. Putting my socks and gloves on, i jumped out from the room and i can feel the temperature. It’s somewhere around 5′C.

We waited at the hotel reception for our jeep. Before checking in the day before, Pak Asyirin had dropped us at the ‘Angkutan Wisata Counter’ and we paid IDR 250,000 for 6 of us. This will covered the Sunrise at Mt. Penanjakan and Mt. Bromo. Jeep arrived somewhere around 3.45am and off we go. We were told…

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The invention of the “heterosexual”

Men and woman have been having sex for as long as there have been humans. So how can we talk about there being a “history” of heterosexuality?

We can talk about there being a history of heterosexuality in the same way that we can talk about there being a history of religions. People have been praying to God for a really long time too, and yet the ways people relate to the divine have specific histories. They come from particular places, they take particular trajectories, there are particular texts, and individuals that are important in them. There are events, names, places, dates. It’s really very similar. Continue reading

AOG TERDAHSYAT – Mawar Sharon Youth

Originally posted on GMS - True Worshippers:

Jangan Lewatkan!
Spesial Ibadah Ulang Tahun AOG yang ke-2, AOG Terdahsyat!

AOG Pelajar, Sabtu, 24 Maret 2012, pk 16.00 WIB
AOG Pemuda, Minggu, 25 Maret 2012, pk 13.00 WIB

Lokasi : GMS Pusat, Jl. Cempaka 18i-24 Sby

Pembicara : Ps. Philip Mantofa Full

Ajak teman2mu, dan nantikan pengumuman hasil polling urutan lagu ter-AOG serta pengumuman satelit terkompak, terheboh & terdahsyat!

See u there!
Gbu :)

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Cultural Presentation of the Muslim Middle Class in Contemporary Indonesia

Originally posted on Moeflich Hasbullah: Antologi Pemikiran:

Moeflich Hasbullah
(STUDIA ISLAMIKA, Indonesian Journal for Islamic Studies,
UIN Jakarta, Volume 7, Number 2, 2000)

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“It is as if the masses have kept a secret to themselves
while the intellectuals keep running around in circles
trying to make out what it is, what is going on.”

Stuart Hall

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One approach to understanding the platform of New Order politics is to view it as a contest amongst Indonesian political groups for access to power. Throughout the New Order period, economic capital was largely in the hands of a Chinese minority, while political capital was in the hands of the abangan Javanese priyayi. At the same time, the santri (the ‘true Muslims’), have been economically and politically marginalized. They have been, as Wertheim (1975) puts it, “the outsiders”. Since the 1980s, thanks to the success of the development, Indonesia has been going through rapid economic development and massive educational…

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Bengcu Menggugat Karena Philip Mantofa Mustahil Piknik ke Neraka

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Philip Mantofa dikenal lewat KKR-KKR yang berthema: Awakening for Jesus, Before 30X, Festival of God’s Power, Promisen Land Crusade, Asia for Jesus. Dia bukan orang pertama yang bersaksi piknik ke Neraka dalam kesaksian yang dia beri judul a trip to hell. Pendeta Yesaya Pariadji dari Gereja Tiberias getol sekali bersaksi tentang hal demikian bahkan ketika bersaksi dia tidak segan-segan mengutuk dirinya bila kesaksiannya dusta belaka. Marry Katrina Baxter sudah bersaksi piknik ke neraka selama 40 hari pada tahun 1976. Walaupun banyak orang Kristen yang meragukan bahkan menuduh orang-orang yang bersaksi piknik ke neraka MEMBUAL namun hingga saat ini belum ada yang menguji kebenaran kesaksian-kesaksian tersebut dengan Alkitab sebagai STANDARD kebenaran dan sumber pustaka. Inilah saatnya kita mulai menguliti kesaksian-kesaksian piknik ke neraka helai demi helai seperti menguliti bawang bombai dengan Alkitab sebagai STANDARD kebenaran di depan banyak saksi. Kita memilih kesaksian Philip Mantofa karena dia orang Indonesia dan sarjana Teologi…

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My feelings after calpres pemilu 2014

 

Indonesia sedang menghadapi sebuah krisis. Ini periode yang sangat berbayhaya. Tidak bisa tidak diawasi atau biarin aja. Kalau hukum sekarang begini, memang kita harus tunggu hasil KPU. Tetapi kita harus memikir lebih lanjut, di masa yang akan datang, bagaimana KPU bisa diperbaiki dan proses penghitung pemilu bisa dicepatkan supaya masyarakat tidak merasa binggung? Saya sebagai pemantau pemilu di Amerika dan Taiwan sudah terbiasa hasil pemilu langsung diumumkan pada malam hari, jadi belum bisa paham fungsi 2 minggu “waiting period” ini. Inilah kekurangan pikiran saya. Keadaan ini membuat kemungkinan dan berikan ruang untuk manipulasi. Setelah banyak saling kampainye hitam, ternyata seperti ada authoritas yang lebih tinggi daripada pilihan rakyat. Apakah KPU itu sebuah institusi yang lebih tinggi daripada rakyat? Bukankan KPU itu cuma melayani masyarakat dan menjamnin suaranya didengar? Oleh karena itu, untuk maju ke masa depan, harusnya mengawasi hasil demokrasi dengan proses yang lebih masuk akal dan aman. Itulah penting untuk demokrasi yang bisa berjalan terus. JANGAN SAMPAI hasil demokrasi itu harus DIBERIKAN dan DITENTUKAN oleh pemerintah. Karena Hasil demokrasi itu punya masyarakat, bukan punya politikus siapapun atau institusi apapun.

Ada yang Campaign Hitam, ada yang FAKTA.

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Not all attacks are created equal. Some are based on lies, like Jokowi is Christian, and some are based on facts, like Prabowo was a ruthless and willful general who used terror to crackdown Papua and Aceh and sniper-killed activist students in May 1998 in Jakarta.

Let’s be clear about one thing: Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has won Indonesia’s 9 July presidential election. If the formal vote counting and tabulation process concludes without massive fraud, he will be sworn in as the country’s new president on 20 October of this year.

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