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God’s cure for the cares of your soul

God’s cure for the cares of your soul

Mar 2017    

Anxious for Nothing God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul by John MacArthur, Jr. Published by David C. Cook Late last year, I experienced bouts of anxiety over the smallest matters. Did I lock the door when I left the house? Did I send a confidential work email to…

Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith and Courage

Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith and Courage

Aug 2016     Wherever You Go A Conversation About Life, Faith and Courage by Hannah Lau Published by Graceworks Available at SKS Books, retails at $22   When a vision of God first captures us, we are often caught up in excitement, confident that the journey ahead will be filled with wonder and...
Adoption: What Joseph of Nazereth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice

Adoption: What Joseph of Nazereth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice

Jun 2016     My husband and I adopted all four of our children. Our family’ s racial profile checks off almost every “ affirmative action” category. We have so many gene pools under one roof that we perplex even ourselves. Daily I homeschool one child with right-brain learning strengths and another with left-brain...
Jesus and His Family: Portraits from the Bible

Jesus and His Family: Portraits from the Bible

Apr 2016     Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon has written a timely and insightful book with implications for personal piety and family relations. Based on accounts in the Bible and some outside sources, which he weighs and sometimes rejects, he presents interesting insights into Jesus’ birth and boyhood. Here and there are interesting puzzles:...
The Young Messiah: A compelling tale

The Young Messiah: A compelling tale

Mar 2016       “He’s not just a child.” This line, spoken by one of the characters in the upcoming film The Young Messiah, aptly summarises the impetus behind the film as well as its attraction for viewers, and ultimately speaks to the mystery that lingers beyond the ending credits. The Young Messiah...
Boundless Love

Boundless Love

Jun 2015     Boundless Love Why God became a Man by Robert M. Solomon Published by ARMOUR Publishing Pte Ltd, 160 pages   Available at: Armour Publishing’s showroom (1003 Bukit Merah Central #02-07 S159836, opening hours from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or via delivery from www.armourpublishing.com, or at Wesley...
BOOK REVIEW: Christmas: The Rescue Mission

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas: The Rescue Mission

Dec 2014     Dr Ho Boon Tiong is Lay Leader at Bedok Methodist Church, and is married to Diana with three children.         Christmas: The Rescue Mission 30 Daring Devotions About God Saving the World Dads Lead Series: Devotions for All Dads to Lead by Stephen Chan Published by Genesis...
Malaysian Bishop to pastors: ‘Finish well’

Malaysian Bishop to pastors: ‘Finish well’

Feb 2014     The Bishop of The Methodist Church in Malaysia has modelled his book Finishing Well in Ministry after the apostle Paul, for pastors and would-be pastors to follow as they journey in their life’s work to preach the Word of God. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. And sometimes,...
The Upper Room: An aid to  meaningful quiet time

The Upper Room: An aid to meaningful quiet time

Dec 2013     "The quiet time is not just a nice suggestion: it is a vital necessity for a child of God. It is absolutely essential for Christian growth and maturity.” These words, written by Pastor Rick Warren in his book How to have a meaningful Quiet Time, emphasise the importance of setting...
Hear afresh

Hear afresh

Nov 2013     The Sermon on the Mount is familiar to all who have read the Gospels of Matthew (5-7) and Luke (6:17-49). Many books have been written and sermons preached on it since the early days of Christianity. What can we expect to find in yet another book on this famous sermon?...
80 years of the BB in Singapore

80 years of the BB in Singapore

Jun 2013     NOW AVAILABLE Price: $20 BB Headquarters at 105 Ganges Avenue Tel: 6737-0377 OR at the Bible Resource Centre, Bible House at 7 Armenian Street Tel: 6337-3222 FINALLY, A BOOK THAT DOCUMENTS the illustrious history of The Boys’ Brigade (BB) Singapore movement over 80 years is available. Mr Jimmy Ho Chee...
There is nothing to take the place of a Bible

There is nothing to take the place of a Bible

Feb 2012     “I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word”. – Psalm 119:16. SOLOMON TOLD IT RIGHT when he said, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecclesiastes 12:12). The number of books extant today would dwarf any library Solomon ever saw or imagined. We have...

Pioneering Indian pastors in Malaysia, Singapore

Jan 2012     A HISTORICAL RECORD of key pastors in the Indian churches in Malaysia and Singapore has been compiled into a book entitled A Great Cloud of Witnesses. The book, just published by the Council of Churches of Malaysia for the Fellowship of Indian Denominational Churches (FIDC) Singapore & Malaysia, features 34...
GOD’S WORD – GOD’S WORK

GOD’S WORD – GOD’S WORK

Nov 2011     The Enduring Word: The Authority and Reliability of the Bible Author: Robert M. Solomon Publisher: Armour Publishing & the Bible Society of Singapore 224 pages, $19.25 (with GST) Available from the Bible Society of Singapore (Tel: 6337-3222) and Armour Publishing (Tel: 6276-9976) THE ENDURING WORD, as its sub-title suggests, is...
Theological and practical worship leading

Theological and practical worship leading

Aug 2011     WORSHIP: A Practical Guide Author: Jeffrey A Truscott Publisher: Genesis Books, an imprint of Armour Publishing Pte Ltd, 2011 66 pages Available from the Bible Society of Singapore (Tel: 6337-3222) and Armour Publishing (Tel: 6276-9976) WORSHIP IS CENTRAL to the life of Christian churches, as evidenced by the considerable time...
Challenges of reaching out to the Sengoi

Challenges of reaching out to the Sengoi

Jun 2011     A RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK which all who are involved in “missions” should read is the recently published e Story of the Sengoi Mission by the Rev Dr Paul B. Means, edited by his son, the late Dr Gordon Means from original fragments, notes and photograph collection. It is an important...
Treasures for the soul

Treasures for the soul

Sep 2010     TREASURES OF THE HEART Author: Jessie Wee Illustrations by Geoffrey Chew Publisher: Landmark Books 128 pages, $15 (All proceeds to Christ Methodist Church Missions) Available at Christ Methodist Church tel: 6345-3934 I AM SURE many of you have, at one time or another, treated yourself to the 2-in-1 or 3-in-1...
An enduring faith in the Lord

An enduring faith in the Lord

Jul 2010     The Yeo Hiap Seng story The Soy Sauce Towkay Authors: Lee Tee Ong, F. T. Lie Published by Campus Crusade Asia Limited 172 pages, $18. Available at all major bookstores MENTION “YEO HIAP SENG” to people in Singapore, and most would rightly associate it with soy sauce, beverages and canned...
A spiritual doctor’s prescription for Singapore Christians

A spiritual doctor’s prescription for Singapore Christians

Apr 2010     “ This book has the power, unlike so many other books, to take you beyond mere Christian sentimentality and teach you something of eternal value.” From Ear to Heart – Sermons on Spiritual Formation Author: Bishop Dr Robert Solomon. Edited by Tong Suit Chee Published by: Graduates’ Christian Fellowship 180...
Understanding missions in the modern Asian context

Understanding missions in the modern Asian context

Oct 2009     VINOTH RAMACHANDRA’S Church and Mission in the New Asia: New Gods, New Identities refreshingly questions widely-held understandings of the nature and purpose of missions in light of the modern Asian context. e book content was prepared originally as three public lectures under the Annual Lecture Series of the Centre for...
Missionary couple who pioneered literacy among aboriginal people

Missionary couple who pioneered literacy among aboriginal people

Jun 2009     BEYOND WORDS: The Remarkable Story of Paul and Nathalie Means Edited by: Laurel Means Published by Armour Publishing Pte Ltd 376 pages, $25+ GST This book is available in major Christian and general bookshops THIS book, edited by Laurel Means, traces the life and ministry of Dr Paul and Mrs...
A clear message on what faith is all about

A clear message on what faith is all about

Feb 2009     God, Why? Author: Rev Dr Gordon Wong Publisher: Armour Publishing Pte Ltd 56 pp. $12 This book is available in major Christian and general bookshops FAITH IS … ‘Wong distills Habakkuk’s three chapters into three words – protest, perseverance and praise – and in his final chapter makes a correlation...
A Bishop’s life-changing conversation with modern Singaporeans

A Bishop’s life-changing conversation with modern Singaporeans

Sep 2008     The Race Author: Robert M. Solomon Publisher: Armour Publishing 176 pages, $16 WHAT would the average modern and Internet-savvy Singaporean expect to hear from the Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore? Most people would think that pastors today have become like the senior members of the family, having something to...
This is a thumping good read!

This is a thumping good read!

Jul 2008     And it fills the gaps From Mission to Church: The Evolution of The Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia: 1885-1976 Author: Earnest Lau Publisher: Armour Publishing Pte Ltd 320 pages, $25 DO YOU know when the name “The Methodist Church” was adopted? Have you heard of SMAC? When a church...
A ‘must-read’ for Methodists

A ‘must-read’ for Methodists

May 2008     Our leaders at least must know how our Church evolved From Mission to Church The Evolution of The Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia: 1885-1976 Author: Earnest Lau Publisher: Armour Publishing Pte Ltd 320 pages, $25 THE story of how the Methodist Mission started in 1885, grew and evolved from a “mission”...
A chronicle of serendipity

A chronicle of serendipity

Mar 2008     But, as The ACS Story reaffirms, it’s much more than happy happenstance The ACS Story Editors: Earnest Lau and Peter Teo Publisher: ACS Board of Governors 408 pages. $20 Available from Times The Bookshop outlets SERENDIPITY – or what? The veritable treasure chest of a book entitled The ACS Story first...
Unique volume of new Wesleyan sermons

Unique volume of new Wesleyan sermons

Dec 2007     Two new books about the thoughts of two Johns – highly recommended to the people called Methodists, and indeed, other Christians as well – have just been published. One is a collection of themes and biblical texts of Methodism founder John Wesley’s 44 sermons adapted and reinterpreted by today’s leading...
A helpful book on essentials of Christian eschatology

A helpful book on essentials of Christian eschatology

Mar 2007     Hope for the World: The Christian Vision Author: Roland Chia Leicester: IVP, 2006 167 pp. IN EIGHT short chapters, this book introduces readers to the major themes of eschatology, the doctrine of the last things. It is the latest in the series called The Global Christian Library put out by...
Book of Discipline 2006: Laymen and ministers should get a copy

Book of Discipline 2006: Laymen and ministers should get a copy

Feb 2007     Latest edition of MCS’ rule-book published THE latest edition (2006) of The Book of Discipline of The Methodist Church in Singapore has been published recently and is the rule-book of the denomination. It is a guide for Methodist ministers, laymen and officials in their various ministries. A hefty volume of...
TTC book paints changing face of Christianity in Singapore

TTC book paints changing face of Christianity in Singapore

Jan 2007     At the Crossroads The History of Trinity Theological College 1948-2005 Publisher: Trinity Theological College , $35   IF I could only buy one book this year to display in my living room, At the Crossroads would be it. This book proves that history is not soporific or irrelevant! At the Crossroads...
Highly readable commentaries for Christians

Highly readable commentaries for Christians

Apr 2006     Encountering Biblical Studies Available at SKS Books, 315 Outram Road #10-05, Tan Boon Liat Building, Outram Road and Bethesda Book Centres HAVE you ever wanted a one-volume introduction to the Old Testament or the New Testament that is not shallow, divorced from everyday life or soporific (yawn)? The people at...

Treats from the Fairfield story

Dec 2005     From Gangway to Gharry … A Bright New World Author: Ow Wei Mei The Fairfield Methodist Schools Alumni Association 280 pages. $30 Available from Fairfield Methodist Secondary School (Tel: 6778-8702, General Office) WHAT caught my eye when the book was first handed to me were the unique cover design and...
How Christianity is transforming China

How Christianity is transforming China

Aug 2005     Jesus in Beijing David Aikman Regnery Publishing, Inc. 344 pp.US$27.95 ONE of the most remarkable books published in 2003 is David Aikman’s “Jesus in Beijing”, the provocative title of a volume which deals with how Christianity is “transforming China and changing the global balance of power”. For many years a Time...
Study guide looks at Christian themes in  The Lord of the Rings

Study guide looks at Christian themes in The Lord of the Rings

May 2005     NASHVILLE — A new six-week study guide from United Methodist Communications (UMCom) explores the biblical themes running through J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic, The Lord of the Rings, and Peter Jackson’s award winning films of the books. The study guide was developed by UMC.org, the United Methodist Church’s official web...
Book on Asian Methodism unveiled

Book on Asian Methodism unveiled

Jan 2005     Sparks of Grace rounds off MCS' tercentenary celebrations of John Wesley's birth THE Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) is releasing a just-published book on Methodism in Asia entitled Sparks of Grace. Written by Associate Professor Robbie B. H. Goh, Deputy Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at...
Spread of Methodism in Asia shows interesting trends

Spread of Methodism in Asia shows interesting trends

Jan 2005     Sparks of Grace: The Story of Methodism in Asia Author: Robbie B. H. Goh The Methodist Church in Singapore, December 2003  209 pages. Paperback, $13 SPARKS OF GRACE reveals interesting trends in the spread of Methodism in Asia with its “socio-historical emphases” being the paramount theme of the book. The first...

DISMANTLING THE DA VINCI CODE: Orthodoxy as conspiracy?

Sep 2004     The Da Vinci Code Author: Dan Brown SOME months ago, my niece spoke to me about an exciting book that she was reading: Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Little did I know then that this fictional thriller has not only captured the coveted number one sales ranking at Amazon.com...

Biblical answers to dilemmas Chinese Christians face

Aug 2004     A Biblical Approach to Chinese Traditions and Beliefs Author: Daniel Tong THE book, A Biblical Approach to Chinese Traditions and Beliefs, discusses the sensitive topic of Christian faith and Chinese traditional practices. It is a book on pastoral care and discipleship as well as an instruction manual all rolled into...
A helpful book on ministry  for busy pastors, church leaders

A helpful book on ministry for busy pastors, church leaders

May 2004     Jesus Driven Ministry Author: Ajith Fernando Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2002 255 pp, Hardback, $30 THIS year's Aldersgate speaker, Dr Ajith Fernando, wears many hats. The Sri Lankan is a sought-after speaker with a world-wide ministry, a pastor of a Methodist church in a country torn by ethno-religious strife, a supervisor...
Devotional commentaries clearly written for everyone

Devotional commentaries clearly written for everyone

Apr 2004     ... for EVERYONE Author: Tom Wright Available at Bethesda Book Centres TOM WRIGHT (full name: Nicholas Thomas Wright) is the Anglican Bishop of Durham and a wonderful evangelical theologian. While an undergraduate, he determined to read through the New Testament four times a year in its original Greek, and the...
On the Christian theology of money

On the Christian theology of money

Mar 2004     Is That Your Money Or His? An Introduction to the Stewardship of Money and Christian Prosperity Author: George Wan Tian Soo IF YOU were told to earn all you can, save all you can and then give away everything but the bare minimum, would you do it? Conditioned in an...
The Eagles: A legacy of  God-fearing ACSians

The Eagles: A legacy of God-fearing ACSians

Mar 2004     On Wings Of Eagles: Thirty-five years of spreading the Good News in Singapore and beyond Author: Robert Goldsborough EAGLES COMMUNICATIONS has existed for 35 years, and in that time it has undergone much growth and change: from a "gang" of teenagers fired with enthusiasm to do God's work to a...
A guide that gathers the best elements of devotional worship

A guide that gathers the best elements of devotional worship

Feb 2004     Songs for Renewal A Devotional Guide to the Riches of Our Best-Loved Songs & Hymns Authors: Janet Lindeblad Janzen with Richard J. Foster Publisher: HarperSan Francisco SONGS FOR RENEWAL is an innovative, devotional book that brings together all the best elements of devotional worship - Scripture, music, prayers and reflection....

What Jesus’ teachings meant to the early Christians

Dec 2003    

Beyond Belief Author: Elaine Pagels   PROFESSOR Elaine Pagels’ latest book, Beyond Belief, is on the New York Times bestseller list. She reflects her own religious quest and scholarly research on early Christianity, exploring historical and archaeological sources and what Jesus and His teachings meant to eyewitnesses and early Christians….

Dangerous claims and superficial teachings of ‘Health and Wealth Gospel’ preachers

Nov 2003     Faith, Health and Prosperity Andrew Perriman, ed. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2003 316 pages $23 WHAT do Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Morris Cerullo, Benny Hinn and Rhema Bible College have in common? They are American-based with influence stretching all over the world through their publications, tapes and television programmes....

A well-documented story of the church in Singapore

Oct 2003     In His Good Time (Third Edition 2003) Author: Dr Bobby E. K. Sng The Bible Society of Singapore, 2003 Paperback, 371 pp AS ITS subtitle declares, the book In His Good Time is about the story of the church in Singapore. It offers a broad sweep beginning from 1819, the...

This book interacts with science in a theologically coherent way

Sep 2003    

Beyond Determinism and Reductionism: genetic science and the person Editors: Mark L. Y. Chan and Roland Chia ATF Press, 2003. 223 pages IN THE current debate on homosexuality, some have argued that they are gays because they are “genetically” homosexual, and therefore there is nothing to be done about their…

Why Christianity became a dominant force

Jul 2003     The Rise of Christianity Author: Rodney Stark   THIS objective of Rodney Stark's study is to answer the question which serves as the sub-title of his book: "How the obscure, marginal Jesus movement became the dominant religious force in the Western world in a few centuries." Stark, Professor of Sociology...

Understanding Jesus in fuller socio-cultural context

Jun 2003     Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder Author: Richard A. Horsley RICHARD A. HORSLEY criticises current approaches to the study of the historical Jesus that ignore the real historical context which projected the image of a "depoliticised" Jesus of Nazareth. He advances what he calls...

Be more sensitive to church musicians’ needs

May 2003     The Heart of the Artist Author: Rory Noland Publisher: Zondervan, 1999 HAVE you ever wondered about giving an appropriate gift to your choir director, organist, pianist, or any member of your church choir music ministry team? I strongly recommend The Heart of the Artist, a book written for artistes by...

Cloning: The ethical issues, dangers and risks

Apr 2003     The Second Creation: Dolly and the Age of Biological Control Authors: Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and Colin Tudge LIFE sciences is looming in importance for the future of Singapore. Unfortunately, much of it is in terms of economic development and viewed as an economic activity to replace industries in the...
Stamping Bible stories in our minds

Stamping Bible stories in our minds

Mar 2003     The Bible on Stamps: (1) The Story of the Old Testament (2) The Story of Jesus THESE two bi-lingual books (English and Chinese) are a young collector's item of Christian art and literature. The two volumes will be books that will be taken from the shelf and read and illustrations...

Making a living and making a life

Feb 2003     The Future of Success Author: Robert B. Reich ROBERT B. REICH, a political economist, was a distinguished public servant who served under three US Presidents and was the Secretary of Labour during Mr Bill Clinton's presidency. As a member of the Cabinet he found his job better than any other...
Book that is educational for students, teachers and parents

Book that is educational for students, teachers and parents

Jan 2003     The Education of Highly Creative People (Armour Publishing) By ACS "O" Level Class of '64 "A" Level Class of '66 Edited by: Kenneth Lyen, John Tan Yew How, Winston Tan Tien Hin, Vincent Chen I HAVE been a teacher and parent for 40 odd years and having read these letters...

Growth of the Jesus movement

Dec 2002     The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World Authors: Richard A Horsley & Neil Asher Silberman NEW TESTAMENT scholars are piecing together the findings of a number of archaeological sites in the Middle East to construct a picture of the origins...
Explanations needed for Pentecostal experience

Explanations needed for Pentecostal experience

Nov 2002     Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition Author: Simon Chan IN THIS book, the Rev Dr Simon Chan has given a highly academic and technical study of Christian spirituality. It is his contribution to the scholarly Journal of Pentecostal Theology known as the Supplementary Series of major theological explorations by...

On leading a spiritual life

Oct 2002     Spiritual Theology: The Theology of Yesterday for Spiritual Help Today Author: Diogenes Allen THIS book is an insightful analysis of spirituality which helps readers to know what is meant by awareness of God and the way of achieving it. Diogenes Allen, the Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary,...

Bridging science and theology

Jul 2002    

Paths from Science towards God: The End of all our Exploring Author: Arthur Peacocke ARTHUR PEACOCKE, who won the 2001 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, is a physical biochemist and Anglican priest who pioneered in DNA research and has since become a leading advocate of the creative interaction of…

Bishop’s MM articles published into a book

Bishop’s MM articles published into a book

Jun 2002     A BOOK containing articles written for Methodist Message by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon has just been published. Entitled "Fire For The Journey", this weekly devotional book contains 52 reflections by Bishop Dr Solomon. Originally published as messages in Methodist Message, the official monthly newsmagazine of The Methodist Church in Singapore,...

Seeking Christ as ‘Rabbi’, ‘Guru’ or ‘Shifu’

Apr 2002     The Crucified Guru: An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Christology Author: M. Thomas Thangaraj A LEADING American theologian, Gordon D. Kaufman of Harvard University, in his foreword, commended his student, M. Thomas Thangaraj, for his doctoral dissertation, which is now published as an important work of an Asian theologian. The Apostle Paul...
The small mustard seed can change the world

The small mustard seed can change the world

Mar 2002     Mustard seed versus McWorld (Monarch Books, 1999) Author: Tom Sine I RECENTLY received a Christmas gift, a book written by Tom Sine, entitled "Mustard Seed versus McWorld". I would like to share my thoughts and reflections on reading this book with young fellow Methodists like me - new graduates overwhelmed...

Faith in a hostile environment

Feb 2002    

Good News in Exile: Three Pastors Offer a Hopeful Vision for the Church Authors: Martin B. Copenhaver, Anthony B. Robinson, William H. Willimon     IN THE foreword to this book, Walter Breuggemann describes Martin B. Copenhaver and Anthony B. Robinson of the United Church of Christ and William H….

The forgotten aspect of the Wesleyan revival

The forgotten aspect of the Wesleyan revival

Jul 0200     Wesleyan Eucharistic Spirituality Author: Lorna Khoo Adelaide: ATF Press, 2005 Available from Stwbooks@gmail.com $39.90 FOR many Christians today, the word revival conjures up images of large open-air gatherings, masses streaming to the altar, people falling on their faces (or on their backs) in fervent prayer, prophecies and other “manifestations of the Spirit”. The revival under...
 
 

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Fuzzy therapy that works

Fuzzy therapy that works

Apr 2017    

Every second Saturday of the month, the residents of the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH) eagerly await the arrival of visitors of the furry kind. They are the friendly canines from Therapy Dogs Singapore (TDS), a non¬-profit voluntary welfare group which has been making monthly visits…

The rainbow connection – nurturing Laotian children

The rainbow connection – nurturing Laotian children

Apr 2017    

  Twelve years ago, it was a glorious rainbow that sealed God’s call to Lesley and Kok Liang Yeow to live and serve in Vientiane, Laos. In faith, they started a centre for teaching the English language to adults. Twelve years ago, it was a glorious rainbow that sealed God’s…