Bishop's Message

Life and death at Christmas

Life and death at Christmas

Dec 2016     BISHOP’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE There is a teaching of Jesus missing from many of our pulpits today. It might appear to be out of sync with the mood of this Advent season (but it is not). By its very nature, it is an instruction that makes us flinch, or ignore, if...

Happenings

EARLY METHODIST PREACHERS

EARLY METHODIST PREACHERS

Dec 2016     Thomas Olivers From prodigal to preacher It has been a privilege to have these biographical sketches of early Methodist preachers published in Methodist Message alongside those contributed by Dr Tong Hoo Ing. They reveal the same contrasts and similarities in the history and tradition of Methodism in Southeast Asia and...

Think

Advent: Looking back and looking forward

Advent: Looking back and looking forward

Dec 2016     It is December, and we are in the second week of Advent. The end of the year is a time for looking back on what has happened in the months past, and to celebrate and give thanks for what has been accomplished. December, in the church calendar, is the Advent...

REACH OUT

Loving the Timorese: Reflections on MITE programme

Loving the Timorese: Reflections on MITE programme

Dec 2016     I embarked on a two-month Missions Internship Training and Exposure (MITE) programme to Timor-Leste (TL), beginning from 2 July 2016. This is my first trip to Timor-Leste and I was captivated by the beauty of this land and its people. The Timorese are friendly, resilient and they have a deep...
Changing lives with $1 a day

Changing lives with $1 a day

Dec 2016     “I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something.” –Edward Everett Hale Christmas and New Year festivities are joyful times for many of us but for some, celebrations and cheer are far from their minds. Faced with poverty, physical disabilities, family conflicts,...