Christfulness in Chinese – Preface by former director of Areopagos dr. Raag Rolfsen

Tao Fong Shan Christian center has just published a collection of Spiritual exercises from the Courses and Retreats under the heading “CHRISTFULNESS”.    

Preface by former director of Areopagos dr. Raag Rolfsen

                                          The Dream

Faith is a desperate act. At certain times, nothing testifies to the promises of faith. When the word reaches you that someone you know died, the memories of the close ones you lost bursts forward. It blows to pieces the protecting covers that you have built to contain the pain. The grief returns with a power that is almost as strong as the day she passed away. In this very blast of sadness, the fragility of your own life also becomes evident. You live, and one unknown day you are gone.

The ridicule of faith also reveals itself when we realize the injustice and suffering around us. The inequality of wealth leaves us without words. How can it be that some few people can control most of the riches and resources of our world? Indifferent leaders crush the hopes of more political freedom with a shrug. Soldiers use rape and abuse as weapon of war. A world that we believed would move forward to humanity is today taking consistent steps back to the most ruthless heritage of our past.

The pain is also inside. The wounds inflicted by a brutal and insensitive father just reject to heal. They remain a lifelong cause of suffering and mental confusion that we cannot control. Many times, it steers us in directions we do not want to go. An uncontrollable power forces us to go to places where nothing awaits us but our own destruction.

Buddhism represents the wisdom tradition and religion that accepts this situation as real. It teaches us that the longing, striving and craving to change this condition only adds to the pain. It therefore invites us, as a decisive step on the way to peace, to accept this situation as real. The emptiness that mindfulness seeks is a state of mind and body that admits this reality. It is neither an abstract nothingness nor a destructive and negative denial of values. It is an insight into and acceptance of how life is.

This insight is not unbiblical. The first words of Ecclesiastes read, “’Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless,’” (Ecclesiastes 1:1). The biblical teacher continues to proclaim how the wheel of life continues to turn with no purpose. There is nothing new under the sun.

The coming of Christ, and thus Christfulness, is not an escape from this reality. Christ represents God’s action when approaching this reality seriously – and lovingly. Christ is not a hero or a king solving the problems of human reality with his might. He is essentially the embodiment of this human condition, of this pain, this desolation, this poverty – this desperation. It is only when seeing this reality as it is incarnated in Christ, that we can catch a glimpse of that which supersedes it. In the vulnerability of the human condition we can learn to see the possibility a love that transcends this reality.

Christfulness, seen in this way, presupposes mindfulness. To experience Christ can only happen through accepting the emptiness of existence, and, in that very wisdom, to be imbued by a stubborn hope for release. Somehow, the eastern and western traditions meet in this experience.

Faith is a desperate act. Christfulness is a practice that can give us strength to cling to the hope that says that goodness, fellowship, and love is a possibility in the world as it is. The Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge has given expression to this insistent hope that is inherent in human reality.[1]


It is that dream we carry within us

that something wonderful will happen

that it has to happen –

that time will open up

that the heart will open up
That doors will open up

that the rock will open up

that springs will burst forth –

that the dream will open up

that we one morning moment shall slowly sail
into a bay we did not know were there

[1] Olav H. Hauge, «Det er den draumen», in, Dropar i austavind (1966).

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Christfulness in Chinese – Preface by Dr. Tong, Wing-sze

Tao Fong Shan Christian center has just published a collection of Spiritual exercises from the Courses and Retreats under the heading “CHRISTFULNESS”.


Preface by Dr, Tong Wing-sze and contents:










適逢踏進道風山開山九十週年紀念,得蒙道風山挪威差會亞略巴古的鼎力支持,本山將奧勒牧師「基督滿全」日常靈修操練法之中文教材集合成書。除了在引言中介紹「什麼是靈性」以及在總結中以「身體禱告」作默想練習外,本書主要分為五大部分簡介「基督滿全」以及其四大面向:基督與我一起(Christ with me)、基督在我裡面(Christ in me)、基督在你裏面(Christ in you)和我們在基督裏面(Together in Christ)。每章輔以四則「基督滿全」靈修操練資料,供讀者修習。














引言                                                      什麼是靈性?

第一章                什麼是「基督滿全」(Christfulness)?





第二章                基督與我一起(Christ with me)

  1. 聆聽主的聲音
  2. 耶穌默想
  3. 創造你的確據
  4. 一個簡單的日常禱告

第三章                基督在我裡面(Christ in me)





第四章                基督在你裏面(Christ in you)





第五章                我們在基督裏面(Together in Christ)






總結                                                      如何默想————身體禱告

The book can be ordered from TFSCC at – Price 58 HKD

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Christfulness-day at Tao Fong Shan

Saturday 25th May 2019

Christfulness is Christian spirituality and a Christian understanding of human nature. Christfulness combines practice and teaching in a way that invites to experience.

We use the term Christfulness to signify the aim of Christian spiritual practices – “to become mature, attaining at the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

You are welcome for a whole day or at any time that suits you. And we will like to share with what has made our hearts whole.

At all sessions there’ll be a short introduction to Christfulness.

All activities are free. Donations for Tao Fond Shan Christian Center are welcome

The Art Shop will be open in between the sessions, and you will find our new book in Chinese on Christfulness.

Refreshments will be offered in between sessions.

As a sub theme of the day we have chosen: Paradise lost and found

The Paradise theme is taken up, because Christianity and The Pure Land Buddhism know a longing for Paradise. In the book of Genesis, Paradise is described as our original home, a place of harmony between all creatures. This is now lost, but it is restored to us in Christ. In the Pure Land Buddhism, Paradise is where we go invoking the name of Amitabha Buddha. We share the longing for the beautiful and harmonious future home. Speaking of Paradise lost and found again is a story of what is our human nature, and what is our relation to God and creation.

Venue:Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre

Facilitator:Rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen (a Danish Pastor, Founder of Christfulness Spirituality)

Programme:There’s a specific topic and practice for each session(A one-way transportation will be provided at the end of each session)

Fee:Free (Donations are welcomed)

Quota:12pax per session (Participant can enroll one session only)

Enquiry:23863220 or

The program of the day

10:00-11:30 am: “Christ in you the hope of glory”

10:00 am: Morning Eucharist in the Meditation Room

This is a service combining elements of East and West, past and present.

The sermon will be a short introduction to Christfulness

The sharing of bread and wine at the Holy Communion is a foretaste of Paradise.

10:45 am: An individual time for meditation

Introduction to praying the Jesus-prayer (A meditative prayer practice from the Orthodox Christianity).

You use the time you wish meditation by yourself.

When you have finished your meditation time, please, leave the room quietly. You are welcome to stay, to visit the art shop or take the shuttle down. The shuttle for Tai Wai leaves at 11:45.

01:30 – 3:00 pm: Healing of the heart

01:30 pm: Midday prayer in Meditation Room

The prayer time opens with a body prayer version of the Jesus-prayer and includes a guided meditation of the healing of the heart.

02:15 pm: Walking the labyrinth as part of an ongoing healing of the heart

Introduction, followed by practice in the TFS-labyrinth

The Labyrinth of medieval Europe was conceived of as a pilgrimage to the New Jerusalem; thus, it’s a kind of Paradise meditation, finding the peace of Paradise in the heart as a meeting place with God’s love

You will walk the labyrinth without further guidance, but you’ll receive a suggestion of how to walk the labyrinth.

03:00 pm: Break / Visit the art shop

The Shuttle leaves at 3:15 pm

03.00-4:30 pm: Paradise lost and found

03:00 pm: Short reflection (talk) on Paradise lost and found in Meditation Room, followed by a Guided paradise meditation

03:30 pm: Sharing and reflection time concerning our understanding of human nature and of God.

04:00 pm: Evening prayer with a body prayer version of the Jesus-prayer

04:30 pm: Visit the art shop

The Shuttle leaves at 4:45 pm


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Praying with others for the cleansing of the heart

When we pray with people for the cleansing of the heart, we follow the pattern of the Christfulness meditation. You’ll find a guided version of this meditation on You Tube:

Christfulness meditation:

First, introduce yourself and if appropriate ask for the person’s name. If he or she wishes a Christfulness cleansing of the heart prayer, explain briefly, what Christfulness is:

Christfulness involves being filled by Christ, and by God’s love in Christ. This is the secret, which makes humans whole: Christ in us, the hope of glory!
This means, that when we feel ourselves surrounded by God’s love in Jesus Christ, and soaked in this love, we experience being completely us, as God’s beloved children, and God’s light shines clearly in us and from us out into the world.

Explain that this light, God’s holiness or image in us, can be dimmed by worry, pain, suffering and false conceptions, which must be washed away, so the fullness of Christ can grow in us.

When we speak of the hope of glory, it means that glory (God’s presence, love and restorative light in Christ) is not something distant, but a goal, which affects our present time.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to the person and to show Jesus’ open heart to him or her.
Pray for comfort and trust in God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help the guest to let go of anything, which masks God’s love or glory in the person.

Pray that the guest will receive peace, joy and love from the open heart of Jesus Christ.

With every breathing out your heart and your mind is cleansed more and more. And with every breathing in, Christ lives more and more in your heart and your mind….

When you have prayed for some time – not only with words but also silently in your heart, eventually using the gift of speaking in tongues, and when you feel the person has achieved this cleansing, you thank God can say:

With the finishing exhalations, send the peace and joy of Jesus Christ out to the world around you…

You say a blessing over the guest (you may ask if it is okay).

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New book: Christfulness – Towards wholeness –

Christfulness® is an expression of faith, but Christfulness is also an interpretation of life with roots in the Bible and Christian theology. In this combination of practice and teaching, Christfulness is also experience. Therefore, the author of Christfulness, Ole Skjerbæk Madsen, sometimes describes Christfulness as the practice that leads to the experience of us being in Christ and of Christ being in us: ”I want to describe a process that moves from an individual experience to a vision of the redemption of mankind and the healing of our planet – in a constant interaction between the individual and the relational, the personal and the universal.” For many years Ole Skjerbæk Madsen has been a Missions Pastor in Areopagos and the leader of In the Master’s Light, who wants to build bridges between the church and people who are curious about spirituality. After his retirement, Ole Skjerbæk Madsen served for 2 years as a Mission Pastor at Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre in Hong Kong.< Less

You can order here

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A one-day retreat in your congregation or fellowship?

Sometimes staff and volunteers in our communities are overloaded with work, feel stress and are about to burn out. Also church members may suffer from stress in their daily lives.

Maybe it’s time to take a pause, to relax in the presence of the Lord, and to find oneself as a loved and appreciated child of God.

Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre offers to guide a one-day retreat with members of your church or community. We use the term Christfulness to signify the aim of Christian 

spiritual practices – “to become mature, attaining at the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Christfulness is spiritual practice and a Christian understanding of human nature. Christfulness combines practice and teaching in a way that invites to experience.

Christfulness describes a continual process of sanctification or spiritual progression. For the sake of an overview you can describe Christfulness

  •  beginning as an experience of God’s love in Christ as a protecting and accompanying presence (Christ with me)
  •  as an experience of “Christ in me, the hope of glory” (Christ in me)
  • as helping you see Christ or the image of God in others (Christ in you), and as leading to a vision of  as a redeemed mankind as the body of Christ (me/us in Christ or: together in Christ).

A main focus of the retreat program is Healing of the Heart. Through a guided meditation the participants are invited to find themselves and rest in their heart knowing:

                                                                             I am a child of God

                                                                             I am loved

                                                                             I am appreciated

They are invited to be set free from a false self-perception and set free in their relationships, not fearing the judgements of others.

We suggest a program following this outline (the time table may be changed as it suits your community):

10:30 Opening devotion led by local people; bible reading, Romans 8:15-16

11:00 Participants introduce themselves; introduction to Christfulness

Silence starts

11:30 Individual practice: Creating short affirmative prayers on bible verses

12:30 Lunch in Silence

13:30 Devotion with sharing of short prayers (affirmations) and a guided meditation (healing of the heart); bible reading, Colossians 1:24-281

14:00 Further instructions in Christfulness and practices concerning the experience of “Christ in me” and “Christ in you”

14:30 Individual time for meditation, reflection, prayer.

The participant will receive handouts with suggestions for this quiet time.

Opportunity for personal counselling, blessings or intercession after a first come first principle.2

16:00 Silence is broken. Sharing Time

16:30 Closing communion service led by Ole Skjerbæk Madsen on the vision of Christfulness: a restored humanity and creation; the experience of being in Christ.

What does it cost to arrange a Christfulness retreat?

We suggest that your church or community provides for the location and lunch, coffee and tea. And we suggest that you donate 100 HKD per participant for the ministry of Tao Fong Shan Christian Center.

1 Local people guide two or three worship songs following your own tradition and read the scripture; Ole Skjerbæk Madsen will guide the sharing of affirmations and guide the meditation

2 Rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen will be available for this, but if you think many people want being ministered to, please bring some counselors from you own congregation.

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The Jesus prayer as prayer for others

The Jesus-Prayer is first of all meant to be a time for you to enjoy being together with Jesus Christ. Praying the Jesus-Prayer you’ll have his presence in your heart, and you carry him to every place you go and into every relationship. In this way it’ll be a blessing to others.

But you my also practice the Jesus-Prayer intentionally as an intercession or on behalf of others. This exercise was originally made for our Christfulness retreats at Tao Fong Shan, Shatin, Hong Kong. And as part of the exercise we suggest that the participants go to the Tao Fong Shan cross, and to look over Shatin, representing Hong Kong.

The Jesus prayer as prayer for others:

The Jesus prayer as prayer for others in Chinese.

The Jesus prayer as prayer for others in English


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How to pray for others for the healing of the heart

Healing of the heart is a central practice in Christfulness – may be even the basic for any other practice. Often our heart is divided and not at rest, because we are haunted by judgements – judgement from others, or self condemnation. We are not in contact with our inner child. The prayer for the healing of the heart opens us to experience God’s love and appreciation, so that we know: I am a child of God, I am loved, I am appreciated. It helps us to be who we are in any relationship and under all circumstances. Below you find a way to pray for others to receive this wonderful gift.

  • We ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how love streams from God through the heart of Jesus into the client’s heart, and that he/she will open his/her heart, so that his/her heart may be filled like a cup being filled with water.
  • We pray that God will heal the heart as he/she receives God’s love in his/her heart – as God is speaking to him/her in the heart calling him/her his child, showing him how precious he/she is. None of the treasures of the world compare to what he/she means to God, who do not want to lose him/her for any prize. In this part of the prayer, we use any image that can invigorate the imagination of the client and help him/her to experience God’s love.
  • When we have prayed this through, and when we have faith that the client has grasped this love, we ask that N.N. may rest in a healed heart in the sure knowledge of being a child of God, of being appreciated, and of being a loved one.
  • We pray that this sure knowledge will overflow into the soul, into thoughts, feelings and memories, and thus become a source of healing for wounds in the mind, even healing memories that threaten the inner wellbeing, the self-worth, and the zest for life. In this part of the prayer the client may come across deep wounds in the soul, but the prayer for healing of the heart is the beginning of a process of inner healing. Also the relations to others may be influenced, giving a new freedom, because the client now knows his/her worth and is not dependent on the judgements, opinions, and attitudes of other persons toward him/herself.
  • May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding keep your heart, mind, soul and body in the love of Christ Jesus.

You’ll get an idea of how this prayer runs, if you listen to the guided meditation at YouTube:

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From the Christfulness retreat in November 2

Slået op af Dorte Kobbeltvedt Madsen i Fredag den 2. november 2018

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Diakonia is essential to Christfulness; it’s the marking practice of the Christ-in-you-aspect of Christfulness, because we meet others looking for God’s image in them, looking for Christ in them. Diakonia is the common mark of being a follower or disciple of Christ:

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28).

Diakonia was reinvented in the European churches in the 19th century mainly as the social work of the Church, care for the sick and humanitarian aid. But seen from a New Testament and Early Church perspective diakonia is more than that. Deacons had administrative tasks, and as a part of that the distribution of money to the poor and the widows. In the early Church deacons were understood as the eyes, ears, mouths, and hands of the bishop. They were like the angels caring messages between God and the congregation and vice versa, as they proclaimed the Gospel og conducted the prayers of the Church for the world. As those who had a deep knowledge of the lives of the members in the congregation they were also mediators helping members to become reconciled.

Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement (WWC Publications, Geneva 2002, p. 305) defines diakonia as “responsible service of the Gospel by deeds and by words performed by Christians in response to the needs of people.” Thus, Diakonia is faith in practice and attentive presence with people, yet never without the Gospel. Diakonia is the responsibility and duty of every Christian:

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:16-17).

Diakonia results in life change, reconciliation and empowerment (helping the other to taking care of his/her life and situation, and to develop the ability and finding the power/ energy to do so) in the given context.

All diakonia starts as seeing or listening. We’ll have to be challenged from the needs we meet with individuals, groups of people, society and environment.

We may listen to the situation of marginalized people, those who suffer from the increasing gap between the richest and the poorest in society. Our eyes may be opened to mentally ill and people with special needs. Or minority groups. Or we may on our way find people who are searching for the right orientation in life, for wholeness and healing. Or we see the foreigners in our society: migrants, refugees, foreign students.

When we have seen and heard the needs in the context where we live, the next step of Diakonia is reflecting. We’ll have to consider what the needs of this milieu really is, how these needs may be met, and if the Church or Community has the resources to meet the needs. We may use the insights and methods well-known from the long history of diakonia and faith practice, but it’s also about human resources, experience, education and economy. Reflecting on the needs of the milieu in question we’ll also have to ask if there are areas in which Christians will have to learn new skills and develop new insights. We also need to consider how the worldview, tradition, culture and spiritual practices in the given milieu challenge or should be challenged by the Gospel and the Christian faith.

To see and to hear and to reflect aims at practice. Thus, diakonia is action. Diakonia is about sharing the Gospel with others, so that they receive faith, and so that those in need gains a new life and have their human dignity restored. Diakonia is walking with people in a common learning process, so that they get help in helping themselves. Diakonia is caring for the sick and the ill and helping people to taking care of their own health. Diakonia includes active listening, soul care (pastoral care and spiritual guidance), listening to confessions, praying for inner healing and for the sick, exorcism, building self supporting communities, organizing workers and groups of needy. Diakoni is supported through the intercessions of the Christian community.

Diakonia may be part of the diapractice of more religious communities and faiths, in peace and reconciliation efforts, concerning ecology, climate and environment, or active social engagement in the local or national milieu.

Diaconia may have a profetic dimension. Diakonia embodies the norms of God’s kingdom in a world that too often has forgotten the dignity of creation and humankind. Diakonia expresses another measure for a whole and succesful life. Servant love is the norm and measure. Diakonia challenges power structures, serves the week and needy and make the disciples their spokesmen and -women. Diakonia is about justice for the marginalized, and creates a space for every human being irrespective of faith, race, sex, or age.

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