Sunday, May 30, 2010

LOST final episode - still lost and will not be found

The LOST grand finale was finally shown on NZ TV last night and I must say that I found it so disappointing. I think the writers were over zealous in trying to hook us onto the show and in the process also got lost!.In fact I think the got lost the whole of the last season and were stumbling about in the dark, and the more they tried to answer the numerous loose ends they created, the more they messed up. Were they writing the each episode straight after the last one?

I think I will boycott watching some of these series if FLASH FORWARD ends up in a similar fashion.

I can think off the top of my head half a dozen better endings that would have been more satisfying ending despite the fact that they would not tie off the many loose ends. Yet even then, it would only be possible if they did not write season 6 the way they did and complicate the story line even more,

If they just tied up a few loose ends every now and then in each season, it would have made their task so much easier.

For example, they could have ended with the bomb going off and the people back in their lives in the alternate time line they were mean to be, they could have worked out some of the details of the significance of each key person.

Or introducing alien technology or presence on the island for the reason they was special would have given them options to sort out things in season 6.

Or the others etc being people from a different dimension.

Or showing that it was about a battle between good and evil, resurrecting Jacob

But I think the episode where they explain Jacob and the black smoke's origins was really stupid as it did not answer any questions but raised even more. Making them both amoral persons did not help. It would have had been more satisfying if there was a clear cut good and evil. *sigh* Sign of the times? A-moralism?
The "Black smoke" is made out to look misunderstood and the good guy and yet he is clearly the bad guy.

Or having all the dead on the island return somehow to be involved in the final solution, giving them a chance for redemption?

Have I given six other options yet? Let's see, nope just five.

Okay, one more. How about having all the supporting cast be shown as collateral damage and focus on the oceanic six and a few others, where "forces" (Jacob?) are bringing them together to give them meaning in their lost lives and to give them new purpose. Perhaps becoming mediators to bring peace among the Island's factions and learn how to properly harness the power of the Island for good?

I know my story-lines don't sound that great either but that's because the plot was too "lost" :-)

OK, enough rambling ...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Time for a small celebration break ramblings

I finally finished my class notes (8 hours worth!) for my fast approaching short term mission trip to Cambodia. Just e-mailed it off to the missionaries to be vetted and for their feedback. As they have never had any problems with my class notes in the past, I think it is not premature to exhale and give a big sigh of relief that one major project has been done. Still have more work of course related to our team practices etc but it is a nice feeling indeed!

I am also slightly ahead of time in terms of my general sermon preparation too despite the major distraction of overseeing the church repair works and feeling under the weather. I have been forced to take 4 panadols a day over the last few days (headaches and last night, a fever). I know the limit is 8 a day but I just don't want to take pain killers unless I really have to. Mouth ulcers also developed during this time though my taking of vitamin B the last 2 days is helping a lot!

It's not that I actually have to oversee anything, as the electrician is very professional, thorough, hardworking and cheerful.He certainly loves what he does and that is such a joy for me to watch him at work. Yesterday I walked in on him and his and his boss in the late afternoon, and greeted them with "Are you having fun yet?!" And they both as if on cue boomed back "Always!" :-) A good illustration of a people who understands his calling and vocation and thrives in it. For me, it looks like tedious work but he clearly enjoys it.

It's just that I am kind of stuck in the office this week (on call?) because of this and can't break the tedium of being stuck in the office by doing visitation and other stuff like that. Hard to push creative juices when I can't get up and go out fort a short while to do something different. Thank God that a church member came over to help with a bit of the work this morning and so I got to pop out for half an hour to get the church mail and pick up a couple of books from the library and a bag of doritos chips. It was really nice getting out especially since the sun is shining again (at least for a little while). BTW, I think all the adverts for "doritos" is over rated. So so ... taste. I prefer Kettles which I recently discovered (because it was on sale).

Also time to celebrate as the power company inspectors are happy with the job and we will have power back later today. Can't get out of the office yet as there is still work to be done and I have to wait for the power company to restore power.

I dropped out of both magic competitions I signed up for in next weekend's convention. *sigh* Just not time to prepare. But then on the bright side I don't have to worry about about messing up any performance! :-) So less stress for sure.  But just a tad of new stress as I have been requested to help backstage for the International Stars of Magic performances. Made a deal to handle one performance and my club president the other. That way we each get a chance to sit in the audience and enjoy the show! Backstage helping with such magic luminaries as Paul Daniels, John Carney, Whit Hayden and Paul Romhany is pretty unnerving. Must focus - don't mess up! :-) But then I have had some experience over the past two years so I hope that helps. I am looking forward to this convention and pray that no emergency crops up to ruin this for me.

Ok, small celebration over ... back to work ...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's only 10 AM and I already have a headache

Am talking about a literal headache. *sigh*
Please ... no migraine attack today!! I had to take pain killer last night. One moment okay as usual and then suddenly pain kept building and within half an hour, oh so painful ... And now the sound of my neighbour's lawn mower is adding to the headache :-(

Too many things happening at one time this week. And the current stormy weather hasn't helped as it has been waking me up quite a bit.

Anyway here's a familiar verse that is so encouraging and a classic peanuts comic strip!

2 Corinthians 12: 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.



Monday, May 24, 2010

Pentecost Sunday Fire at KCC

Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday and our church caught fire in the middle of the sermon! Unfortunately it was not the kind of fire we wanted as it was not a spiritual fire but a physical one, *sigh*

But it sure added excitement to the morning and even in the midst of exiting the church, everyone kept their sense of humour and even laughed aloud at my quirky joke about "another reason why we need to give generously to our church building fund as we do need a new church building!"

A master electrician friend, Carey who came to check the wires and assist the fireman in the assessment "complained"  that "this is the result of fire and brimstone sermons!" *:-)

Our visiting speaker, Steve Kumar, whose sermon I had to interrupt half way told me that this was exciting for him "to preach and set a church on fire"*.


* all approx quotes lah ..

Anyway here's a couple of photos (more on my church website - though none of the smoke coming out of the roof and vents) ... http://kcc.co.nz, and the e-mail I sent out to church members after the fire.


The first is a photo of the firemen finishing their final checks (and putting back the roof for us!)

The second is me leading the church (those who stayed on) in giving thanks to God for His protection and giving thanks for the food! This lunch was our monthly building fund, fund raiser lunch where different home / cell groups take charge of lunch and we all stay back and have a great lunch together. The suggested donation is actually less than half the price for a similar meal outside (and the quality is always very high too!) so everyone can afford to join us and everyone gains.

It was a fun outdoor meal though the weather was a bit chilly.

Hi everyone

First of all, do join us in praising God for His protection.

1. That the power surge (what is believed to be the cause of the fire) did not happen last night when our youth were staying over night in church.

2. That no one was hurt!

3. That those in the kitchen were alert and realized that there might be a fire, and were super calm and acted quickly. By the way the fire was not caused by our internal use.

4. Thank God that the electrical fire was contained to just the region around the power meter. God intervened wonderfully as somehow it stopped at the ceiling and did not spread to the wires in rest of the building (as I am told it normally does).

5. Thank God for the firemen who came so promptly and were very thorough and professional in their work.

6. Thank God for Carey's graciousness in coming over to check the wiring etc which helped the fireman properly assess the situation quickly

7. Thank God that our lunch was safe :-) Was a nice bonus. And that we were able to gave a good time of fellowship in the field, and only after we had finished, did the rain start to fall! And the firemen appreciated the packed lunch the team made for them.

Thanks everyone for how you all handled the situation. Thanks for the orderly way everyone exited the church. I am thankful to hear that Nilesh's experience led him to check the power meter, realize that there was a fire and immediately call the fire department. And thanks Chin for taking charge of the situation so knowledgeably and efficiently

And thanks to JOY group for the hard work and delicious lunch. I noted too how so many chipped in to help, as did some of our youth as well, especially in the cleaning and washing up etc. Thanks so much!

Please pray 

1. That our church insurance company will be able to have their assessors come over promptly and that all the necessary repairs can be done quickly before this coming Sunday.

2. That the roof will not leak when it rains. 

For those coming for prayer meeting tomorrow, we will be meeting at 2 Bamboo Grove (the main SS hall)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jesus' Compassion (Henri Nouwen)

Jesus' Compassion
Jesus is called Emmanuel which means "God-with-us" (see Matthew 1: 22-23). The great paradox of Jesus' life is that he, whose words and actions are in no way influenced by human blame or praise but are completely dependent on God's will, is more "with" us than any other human being.

Jesus' compassion, his deep feeling-with us, is possible because his life is guided not by human respect but only by the love of his heavenly Father. Indeed, Jesus is free to love us because he is not dependent on our love.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Have you googled yourself lately?

I googled myself today and saw this. I can't figure out why my old defunct multiply blog still comes up ... but it is interesting that my own blog is the first on the list. It's nice to be No. 1 in something even though it is nothing significant! LOL Lots of Paul Long's around but still a pretty unique name :-)

Nice that my church website comes up in the search as well.

But the FB hit one is not me but another Paul Long. Guess that's because I am not really a FB user.

Then for fun I googled a few other people ... Allan Yong (the entertainer) and found him on No. 3 - the other Allan Yong's were different people.

But of course when I googled Sivin Kit, he was on the whole page! LOL To be expected - the super connected linked guy that he is, and I have to say that Sivin Kit is a very unique name for a clearly unique person :-)


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Natural exercise

Yes. I also get a lot of exercise.

I am so committed to exercise that I also even exercise in my sleep :-). I toss and turn on a regular basis and my legs also move a lot.

My nose was running the whole of Tuesday - now that's a lot of exercise. :-)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Ideal / Perfect pastor

The Ideal / Perfect Pastor .... from various sources :-)
I had better not add my own lest it be misunderstood. LOL





The perfect pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes.
He condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone’s feelings.
He works from 8am until midnight and is also the church janitor.
The perfect pastor makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books, and donates $30 a week to the church.
He is 29 years old and has 40 years experience.
Above all, he is handsome.
The perfect pastor has a burning desire to work with teenagers, and he spends most of his time with the senior citizens.
He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his church.
He makes 15 home visits a day and is always in his office to be handy when needed.
The perfect pastor always has time for church council and all of its committees.
He never misses the meeting of any church organization and is always busy evangelizing the unchurched.
The perfect pastor is always in the next church over!

If your pastor does not measure up, simply send this notice to six other churches that are tired of their pastor, too. Then bundle up your pastor and send him to the church at the top of the list.
If everyone cooperates, in one week you will receive 1,643 pastors. One of them should be perfect. Have faith in this letter. One church broke the chain and got its old pastor back in less than three months.

Instructions: choose no more than 12 attributes/job descriptions that you believe are essential in a pastor. Put your answers and any reactions to the exercise in the comments box and, in a week, I’ll put mine down too.
A pastor should:
1) be an effective preacher/speaker
2) continue to develop his/her theological and biblical skills
3) help people develop their spiritual life
4) help people work together in solving problems
5) be effective in planning and leading worship
6) have a sense of the direction of his/her ministry
7) regularly encourage people to participate in denominational activities and programs
8) help people understand and act upon issues of social justice
9) be a helpful counselor
10) minister effectively to people in crisis situations
11) make pastoral calls on people in hospitals and nursing homes and those confined to their homes
12) make pastoral calls on members not confined to a home or in a hospital
13) be a good leader
14) be effective in working with children
15) build a sense of fellowship among the people with whom he/she works
16) help people develop their leadership abilities
17) be an effective administrator
18) be effective with committees and officers
19) be an effective teacher
20) have a strong commitment to the educational ministry of the church
21) be effective in working with adults
22) inspire a sense of confidence
23) work regularly at bringing new members into the church
24) regularly encourage support of the denomination’s missions and outreach
25) reach out to inactive members
26) work regularly in the development of stewardship growth
27) be active in ecumenical relationships and encourage the church to participate
28) be a person who cultivates a close, devotional relationship with God.
29) write clearly and well
30) work well on a team
31) be effective in working with youth
32) organize people for community action
33) be skilled in planning and leading programs
34) plan and lead well-organized meetings
35) encourage people to relate their faith to their daily lives
36) be accepting of people with divergent backgrounds and traditions
37) encourage others to assume and carry out leadership
38) be mature and emotionally secure
39) have a strong commitment and loyalty to the church’s denomination
40) maintain confidentiality
41) be a compassionate and caring person, sensitive to others’ needs
42) deal effectively with conflict.
Now remember, just 12. Your ideal pastor can only possess 12 of these attributes, once you’ve picked them, you can’t hold him/her to any but the 12 listed here! I’m curious to see what y’all will come up with!

A Pentecost Sunday reflection (Pastor's Notes)

Just posted up this week's Pastor's Notes.
To read click HERE.

Miss USA 2010 a Muslim Arab American - oh oh!

I say "oh oh" because I predict this will become an issue of major religious unrest if this is a pageant that has Miss USA going to another country to vie for a Miss Word or Miss Universe etc title.
An Arab Muslim in a swim suit? This will not be acceptable to many. And even more contentious is that according this this morning's news, she also won (a couple of years ago) a pole dancing competition.


Arab woman crowned Miss USA




A 24-year-old Arab-American has beaten 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title.
Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan, won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.
When asked how she felt about winning the crown, she said, "Ask me after I've had a pizza."
Fakih nearly fell while finishing her walk in a long, strapless gown because of the length of its train, but she made it without a spill and went on to win.
During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it's costly.
"I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance," Fakih said.
Click HERE for the article.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Sibu voted for integrity" says the news report - but did the church?

The Free Malaysia Today report .... has this title:
SIBU VOTED FOR INTEGRITY, DIGNITY AND TRUTH ...


By Pushparani Thilaganathan
ANALYSIS SIBU: After a nerve-racking night, Sibu woke up this morning to etch a new pathway to the future without Barisan Nasional’s political patronage, which for so long had benefited some but had been a bane to others.
Sibu chose timeless virtues over money in yesterday’s by-election, which was occasioned by the death on April 9 of BN’s Robert Lau Hoi Chew.
DAP’s Wong Ho Leng beat BN’s Robert Lau Hui Yew, the former MP’s nephew.
In an immediate reaction to his razor-thin loss, Lau said: “Sibu will lose out a lot now. The state BN will lose the confidence of the federal government.”
Sibu is an inland town, located at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan rivers. The population is predominantly Chinese, but there are sizeable numbers of Malay-Melanaus and Dayaks (Ibans, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulus).
Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said: “The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” As such, “he who rejects change is an architect of decay.”
The Chinese believe in continuity, both in this world and the next. And change is integral to continuity.
Integrity
This belief, bolstered by the sense of pride that swelled through the thousands of Chinese as they listened to inspiring speeches by DAP stalwarts in a string of ceramahs, was what powered the change in Sibu.
Go HERE for the rest of the report 

BUT THE METHODIST CHURCH happily took RM 1.75 million?

Read ... Sibu churches given federal cash ahead of vote


And read Read Goh Keat Peng's article ... WE DON'T TAKE SUCH MONEY!
And here's a response to Goh Keat Peng's article that is very interesting  ... Issues of Privilege - a reader's response to his article.





Looking for a hero?


Another reason to read comics! :-) BTW, I recommend Jesus as the ultimate real superhero that will never let you down.

Monday, May 17, 2010

My boys on Youth Sunday

Yesterday was Youth Sunday at KCC. Excellent service led by our youth that was well received by both young and old, new members, old members and visitors. I took photos and here's a few of my boy in action.

Nice theme that linked the whole service was how the youth as younger Christians needed the wisdom and support of the older more matured adults.

Both were involved in the music / worship - Andrew on acoustic guitar and Steven on bass.

Steven was involved in a skit (that illustrated how the temptations and struggles of today's youth are the same as that faced by adults.

And Andrew was one of the youth who was interviewed as to his challenges as youth and what God was doing in his life.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The "Contemprovant" church

Got this from another blog .. THEOLOG.. I  shall not comment on this! I  shall not comment on this! I  shall not comment on this! :-)


"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.

Restless bizarre dreams again

I dream too much. And this time I traced last night's restless dreams to of all things, my Bible readings! As usual my dreams had images of things on my mind ... some of which I did not realize until I dream about them! :-)


I woke up a few times again last night (to use the bathroom) ... weak bladder problem and I suspect I may end up with a prostrate problem some years down the road *sigh*... but I digress. Anyway among the dreams that I remember from last night was attending and participating in a funeral (the details were too bizarre so I won't even try to describe it) but the emotions were rather strong. There was a lot of peace and calmness and even joy, but then there was also some sadness, a tinge of regret? and at one stage for a brief moment  fear (like ghosts and demons). 


When I woke up what came to mind immediately was my thoughts on a few passages of Scripture that I have been reflecting on for the past week. 


The first is the passage on Ecclesiastes that I posted yesterday for my Pastor's Notes. These were thoughts that I wrote out but never made in the final piece as I limit myself to around 300 to 380 words (on the very rare occasion) in order to fit the bulletin space. The second was my Sunday sermon on the Prodigal Son / Prodigal Father. And the third was my bed time reading and also my general sermon preparation for a sermon that is only due in mid July- which happens to be the Parable of the Rich Fool. 


My thoughts were drawn to the brevity of life and I had examples in mind of lives that were lived well and not so well. In writing my Pastor's Notes I remember having to pause and pray a number of times for people I know who are have serious physical problems - some more advanced in years than others. It seems so many people I know are not well. I realized too that my thoughts of getting older (in a few years I would be 50) surfaced again in my dreams. A few "regrets" I suppose but more on how little time I had left and a bit of frustration at seeing many people I know who are younger not seeming to understand the precious gift of life they have been given by God. 


Long wrestled issues of the elder son came out. Not so much my personal issues but somehow other people's "possible issues"?  Hard to explain this but it is generally about the "unfairness" of life. Yet in a real way, also that feeling of peace and rest ...


And of course the last thing on my mind when I went to sleep was the Rich Fool! :-) so added to the mix was more thoughts and images on lives lived in relation to not just money but self, relationships, community and justice.  


In my dream there were images that related to the question of "when I die, would I have achieved what God wants me to achieve? Would I have become what God wants me to be?"  Hard to explain to but it was also related to • Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Teleios( complete, mature, reaching its end)

Restless bizarre dreams yet again but getting a lot better than my other dreams ...

A lesson from Snoopy

It is lovely to read old comic strips like Peanuts (now classic peanuts). Isn't Snoopy's example what we all need to do and see more often?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Let us remember God in our youth (Pastor's Notes)

Just posted up my Pastor's Notes. To read click HERE.

Relates to the devotion ... an article by NZ HERALD


Last month the Law Commission released its long-awaited report on alcohol, recommending the drinking age be raised from 18 to 20.

The report detailed the harm alcohol caused to young people.

nzherald.co.nz recaps the commission's findings:
* Adolescent drinkers between the ages of 12 and 17 are more likely than older drinkers to suffer unprotected and unwanted sex, violence, assault, arrests, road crashes and other adverse social consequences.
* Alcohol contributes to the deaths of more young people aged 18 to 29 proportionally than any other age group.
* Alcohol disrupts physical and cognitive development and increases the risk of later alcohol-use disorders and other mental health problems.
* More drivers aged 20 to 24 are involved in alcohol-related fatal road traffic crashes than any other age group.
* One in three young men aged 18 to 24 - the greatest proportion of any age group - drink more than six standard drinks at least weekly.
* More young women aged 16 and 17 - at least one in five - drink more than four standard drinks at least weekly than any other age group by proportion.
* Young people up to the age of 25, but particularly those under the age of 15, experience more harm per standard drink than older drinkers.
* Alcohol products marketed for youth are associated with heavy drinking: "Marketing to young people undoubtedly contributes to the ongoing recruitment of young people to replace drinkers lost to the industry by attrition in mature markets and to expand the drinking population in emerging markets."
* Nearly half of drinkers younger than 24 typically drink enough in a single session to double their risk of injury in the six hours after drinking.
* Almost one in three men aged 18 to 34 report having driven while under the influence of alcohol in the last year.
* Adolescents are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of alcohol on learning and memory. Not only do they react differently to the initial effects of alcohol, studies suggest that adolescents are also affected differently than adults by repeated, heavy drinking, particularly the repeated withdrawals associated with binge drinking.
* Young adults up to the age of 25 are at particular risk of harm from alcohol consumption, due to a greater risk of accidents and injuries, a lower alcohol tolerance than older adults, and an increased risk of cognitive impairment and alcohol dependence in later life.
* Young people's current and future drinking is influenced by exposure to marketing, including advertising, sponsorship and promotions.
- NZHERALD STAFF

Who is to Blame for Terrorism? (Tawfik Hamid)

An excellent article from a Muslim scholar. See his bio data at the end of this article. His fifth point highlighted in red and bold letters is my personal emphasis.


Who is to Blame for Terrorism?
 
by Tawfik Hamid 

The recent terrorist attempt in New York's Times Square [1] (possibly conducted by Islamist terrorists) [2] and the global nature of Islamic terrorism [3] in the last few decades raises an important question: Who is to blame for these acts of terror?
Let us assume that a father teaches a child to hate his neighbor. Years pass and the child becomes a young adult full of hatred towards this neighbor leading to the end scenario where the young man kills his neighbor. Shall we only blame the child for killing the neighbor or shall we also blame the person (or people) who taught him how to hate?  Is it acceptable to ignore the role of the teaching person in this process of killing? The same applies to terrorism, Shall we only blame the terrorists who conduct the attacks or also blame those who taught them how to hate 'others'?
It is easy to only blame the terrorists for the attack; however, deep analysis of the problem reveals a better understanding and allows for better answers to such questions. Looking back on the Nazi regime and its barbaric inhumane atrocities against the Jews illustrates the dynamics of evil.  This type of cruelty has set an example to understand Islamism terrorism and who is to blame.
The following people should be held responsible for contributing to the atrocities of Nazi's:
1-     Adolf Hitler and those who taught the ideology of hate.
2-    The system that allowed such an ideology to flourish such as the Nazi party.
3-    The soldiers who conducted the killing of the innocents.
4-    Those who stayed silent until millions of people were killed.
5-    Those who encouraged the Holocaust by verbal or logistical support.

Similarly, in the case of Islamist terrorism the following must be held accountable:
1-      Those who promote religiously based ideology of hatred toward Non Muslims. It is easy to detect a level of hatred in many mainstream Islamic books and media sources [4].
 2-      The Islamic systems that adopted, encouraged, and supported such negative forms of teaching in the last few decades.  These include many radical mosques and Islamic schools. The role of the Wahhabi regimen of Saudi Arabia in promoting such an ideology should not be ignored [5].
 3-    The terrorists who accepted such teachings of hatred and materialized it into violence.
4-    The passive attitude of many in the Muslim world against the terrorists [6].
5-     Those who abused the values of Liberty and allowed the ideology of hate to grow under the banner of religious freedom.
 All of the above are to blame and should be held responsible for the problem of Islamic terrorism as each has contributed to the growth of this phenomenon. Individual terrorists play the role of the soldiers who killed the Jews during the Nazi era. It is not enough to only blame the soldiers without blaming the leaders of the system and those who promoted the ideology of hatred.  Similarly it is unreasonable not to hold accountable those scholars and Islamic systems that preach, teach, or promote hatred toward Non Muslims. Stopping the hatred is the first step toward ending terrorism.

6 See:  Inside Jihad -Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam by Tawfik Hmaid (Pages: 91-96)
 
Dr. Tawfik Hamid
Dr. Tawfik Hamid
Dr. Tawfik Hamid (aka Tarek Abdelhamid), is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization JI with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who became later on the second in command of Al-Qaeda. Dr. Hamid is currently a Senior Fellow and Chair of the study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.