Hi! I’m Marvin Wong, and welcome to my little Bible garden. Small gospel seeds are sown here – blog by blog – with the hope that these will grow and flourish in the hearts of my readers.
Just a bit of background, in case you and I have never “met” before…
I studied theology at Cambridge University, politics and history at Leeds, and business at Queensland University. (Yes, I am most definitely a nerd!) I’ve also been profoundly influenced by the late “Uncle” John Stott, who took an interest in my Christian life.
I love to read (a lot!). I love to watch movies. And I like (notice I didn’t say “love”) to exercise. (Calisthenics! No gym required!). An idyllic afternoon would be spent loitering around the British Museum in London.
I read widely. My list of favorite books is long. These include: classics like George Orwell’s 1984, Animal Farm; historical fiction (Cicero trilogy); biographies of Martin Luther, Chris Froome, Andre Agassi, C.S. Lewis; non-fiction by Jim Collins (Good to Great), Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Tipping Point), Neil Postman (Amusing Ourselves to Death), Chip and Dan Heath (Made to Stick, Switch), Stephen King (On Writing), Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, The Blind Side), Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything); as well as fiction by John Grisham, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Khaled Hosseini. (My list of favorite Christian books is even longer! I will recommend some in future blogs.)
Some movies I’ve watched again and again. Dead Poets Society, Moneyball, The Matrix, Invictus, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Martian, Chariots of Fire, The Dark Knight, as well as BBC nature documentaries (Planet Earth, Life), come to mind.
I’m married to a medical professor and we have two curious kids (hence my encyclopedic knowledge of comic book superheroes and dinosaurs!). We live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2002, I wrote a book called Between Friends: Reflections on Christian Discipleship in the Real World, published by Scripture Union (Malaysia).
Currently I’m a PhD student in theology. Eons ago, I taught at a business school in Brisbane, and worked as a financial consultant in Kuala Lumpur. In recent years, I pastored churches in England (Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge), and Malaysia (Pantai Baptist Church, Petaling Jaya).
Hope you’ll glean some insights about the Word from this blog.