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About this blog:

Questions, challenges, thoughts (random, organized, otherwise) on society, God, Jesus, life, sex, religion, politics, Christianity, education, food, cellphones, computers, movies, books, videos, business, etc. etc. etc.


About this blogger:

Mel Cartera. Curious. Born the first time 1959. Born the second time 1988. Born twice, will die only once. Married.

Educated (allegedly) at the Philippine Science High School in Quezon City, Philippines (duh!); then at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, also at QC, Philippines, where I got a BS (a decent kind) degree; at the Asian Theological Seminary, still at QC, Philippines where I got an MDiv (Masters in Divinity, but I’m still not Divine); and at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where I got a ThM (Masters in Theology, but I’m not really a practitioner of the world’s oldest profession, which, as everyone knows, is theology 😉 ).

Member and lay preacher of the Bread from Heaven-Marikina church (member of the Christian Reformed Church of the Philippines denomination).

Worked at the Philippine Bible Society for 11 years. Now dabbles at blogging.

While with the Bible Societies, was involved in the following projects:

  • Dramatized New Testament in Tagalog, a Faith Comes by Hearing joint project between the Philippine Bible Society and Hosanna Ministries.
  • Greek-Tagalog Interlinear New Testament.
  • POIMEN Bible for Pastors.
  • Hebrew-Chinese-English Pentateuch Triglot, a project of the Hong Kong Bible Society.

Now also runs a business selling notebook and desktop computers, flashdrives, blank CD’s and DVD’s, DVD writers, hard disks (internal and external), UPS’s, memory cards, video cards, etc.

Loves reading, movies, and music. LOVES VICTORIA ESPERANZA, otherwise known as Perry the Beautiful.

Tries to love God, but often fails. Amazingly, I have always been, and always will be, a Beloved of God! God is good!


I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.

John Newton


13 Responses

  1. hi mel, thanks for inviting me about this blog of yours. nice blog you have in here, very interesting. will visit this again. tc!

  2. Hi, kabayan!

    You’re very welcome! Pasyal ka ulit, ha? Sama ka pa ng mga kabayan, at post kayo sa “How to Help Improve Philippine Society”.


  3. napaka-interesting ng blog mo mel… and i wish i was half divine as you. 😦

    happy blogging kuya!

  4. hello there! how are u? thanks for always visiting my site. and im happy u like it! mabuhay tayong pilipino!

  5. Hi, kabayan.

    Of course! Mabuhay ang Pilipino!

    Thanks, and God bless you!

  6. Hi there,
    I’m new! What’s going on?

  7. Hey, Tommi.

    How are you, man? Long time!

    Thanks for the links. I really do have to find some time to write that thing on faith 🙂 .


  8. Hey Mel,

    Nothing particularly interesting happening here, aside from some fallout from the divorce of my parents (which happened some times ago). And university is getting easier again, which is good.

  9. Hello my friends 🙂

  10. Nicely done website. I found it while looking for comments about Ps. 90:12. Your article is very well written. There is a secular song that has a line in it I find poetically astute. “Life’s like an hourglass glued to the table.” I have many regrets from my life (I’m 55), and I find myself wishing this was just a practice run and I’ll get another chance to do it over better. But alas, that is not going to happen. I am thankful for grace and that God is the God of second chances.

    I’m sure I’ll come back and read some more.

    I studied R.C. Sproul’s teachings for ten+ years, and found him to be gifted, devotional and immensely helpful in using theology to encourage christlike growth in his students. But then I found out about his Preterism, which I find totally wacky. So even though I still have huge respect for his spiritual insights and knowledge of church history, I’m just not comfortable using him as my main source of teaching. So recently I’ve been feeding at the trough of John Piper and Ravi Zecharias.

    • Dear Mr. Yotter,

      I’m so sorry for responding only now. I’ve been very busy for the past year and I really haven’t had any time to update my blog. I am so pleased, though, that you found something in it that was helpful. I’ve just recently been taken in as a pastor of a small local church, and I’m afraid that means I’ll have even less time for this blog :-(. I do hope to check in from time to time and, Lord willing, update it in the future. God bless you, sir.

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