TRINICY: What spiritual habits and disciplines do you follow on a daily basis?
TIATEMSU: In the past few years I have been studying the Bible with commentaries and writings by scholars on different themes as an everyday routine. I have also had great opportunities with fellow Christians to discuss, pray, and encourage each other on a weekly/monthly basis. During my college and university studies, I was involved in a student ministry which helped me to explore my faith holistically. These days I've been exploring the christian faith from an outsider point of view with the help of some of my friends and it is immensely helping me in my personal belief and growth.
TRINICY: Out of all God’s attributes, which one amazes you most? Why?
TIATEMSU: The attribute of the Christian God being a personal God amazes me the most. This very attribute of God I believe has multidimensional ramifications. The one that comes to my mind now is: If God is infinite and we are finite beings adding to the fact the God is also personal - it implies that, even though all of our collective effort to understand God will always fail, God will work in us through our shortcomings and failures.
TRINICY: Who led you to Christ? Who are you leading or hope to lead to Christ?
TIATEMSU: From my childhood days I've always wondered about the nature of God and the world, which eventually got me interested to study science. My Grandfather was the one who sowed the seed in me but my trust in God came about through a long process of experience and people that I've come across. I believe God has a way of getting around each and every person and that we are only an instrument.
TRINICY: What primary talents and gift(s) has God given you? How are you using them for the kingdom?
TIATEMSU: From my college days I've always wanted to be a scholar. I knew that doing research, reading, speaking, and writing are some of the areas which I was fairly good at. The fact that I'm a research scholar itself is a testimony of God using me as a small agent for the greater glory for his kingdom. In God's kingdom, I believe, there is no secular and sacred divide; every person does not get the opportunity/luxury to do research, read tons of books, and debate about ideas - academics is one such area where God shares his knowledge with us.
TRINICY: Which person from the Bible do you resonate with the most? Why?
TIATEMSU: Two Bible characters that have influenced me the most are Paul and Nehemiah. Nehemiah was indeed a very great leader who made bridges with people and mended walls (both physical and spiritual). On the other hand Paul was an intellectual giant who was a very secular person but also one of the most prominent character in the New Testament.
TRINICY: What social issue do you care most about? Why?
TIATEMSU: I believe that Christians should be concerned about all social issues but the one that concerns me the most is exploitation and marginalization of people through different means. Interestingly, in India (only 2.3 percent are Christians) the place where I live is dominated by Christians but Christianity has not proved itself to be a positive agent to the exploited and marginalized people.
TRINICY: What does being a Christian mean to you? Why Are you a Christian?
TIATEMSU: Being a Christian is a way of asserting that the claims and the person of Jesus Christ can be trusted. I'm a Christian because I believe that the person of Jesus Christ is the way through which we reach the climax of the revelation of God to human beings.
TRINICY: What is an interesting/unusual fact most people don’t know about you?
TIATEMSU: During my high school days I used to sing in a band and also I played guitar.
TRINICY: What passion or dream keeps you up at night or wakes you up in the morning?
TIATEMSU: Firstly, my Ph.D. work, which I'm doing for my people; and, secondly, my passion for reading, writing, and the dream of becoming a Professor.
TRINICY: If Jesus were physically here now, what would you want to ask Him or talk about?
TIATEMSU: I would ask the question that I've always asked to myself. "How are you God and man at the same time? Please, explain the dynamics."
TRINICY: What are the three greatest life lessons you’ve learned thus far?
TIATEMSU: The three greatest life lessons that I've learned thus far are: 1) Never assume that you know until you research it yourself. 2) Don't take the words of people from your own community for granted. 3) Differences are good.
TRINICY: What legacy do you want to leave as a Christian?
TIATEMSU: With my life and work as a Christian, I want people to realize the importance of giving, building each other, and sacrifice.
TRINICY: What is your life verse? Why?
TIATEMSU: 2 Corinthians 5:17 is the verse that I've been contemplating on again and again with richer inputs. As human beings we often want the things around us to improve/change but the verse talks about a new version of you which is found in Christ alone.
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