Bishop's Message

Tradition vs. faith

Tradition vs. faith

Feb 2019     “Tradition” is a word that is often disparaged as representing what is passé, old-fashioned, impractical, intransigent or rigid. To some, it even connotes superstition, and handing down a tradition is often deemed regressive and propounding of obsoletes. Some even consider all traditional beliefs to be bad and at odds with...

Happenings

Seek the welfare of Singapore

Seek the welfare of Singapore

Feb 2019     The 70th Anniversary of the Inter Religious Organisation (IRO) was celebrated at the Fullerton Hotel on 19 Dec 2018.  This charity dinner was sponsored by the Far East Organisation, with all the funds raised going to six beneficiaries of different faiths. The dinner was well attended and supported. The evening...

Think

Faith and Culture

Faith and Culture

Feb 2019     Many years ago, I met a group of Chinese Christians who do not believe in celebrating the Lunar New Year. The festival, in their view, has its roots in a pagan (Chinese) culture and is inextricably bound to the superstitions associated with it. But does being a Christian mean that...

REACH OUT

The Heart of Giving

The Heart of Giving

Feb 2019     On Good Friday about 2,000 years ago, Christ demonstrated the perfect example of love and humility by giving Himself to save His people. In Philippians 2:3–4, Paul exhorts believers to emulate Christ’s example, to “count others more significant than [ourselves]”, and “look to the interests of others”. David and Magdalene...
Participation and Partnerships in Missions

Participation and Partnerships in Missions

Feb 2019     The Methodist Missions Society (MMS), established on 30 Sep 1991 by The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), is the first home-grown denomination-based missionary-sending agency. MMS’s mandate, as given in The Book of Discipline (BOD), states that “the primary mission of the Society shall be to establish indigenous churches where none...