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Welcoming worship

Welcoming worship

Apr 2017    

One of the simplest but most profound definitions of Christian worship comes from the pen of the influential Russian Orthodox theologian, Georges Vasilievich Florovsky (1893-1979). “Christian worship,” he wrote, “is the response of men to the Divine call, to the mighty deeds of God, culminating in the redemptive act of…

Worshipping God alone

Worshipping God alone

Apr 2017    

Whenever we come forward to worship, what do we think of? We probably think of many things – the piano, organ, drum, guitars – and many other activities like singing, prayers, sermon, offerings etc. Thus, our mind is very often preoccupied in performing and assessing these, and hopefully along the…

Easter – the great 50 days

Easter – the great 50 days

Apr 2017    

Easter Day is the opening day of this season which spans a period of eight Sundays, or 50 days to be exact. Endorsed by the late second- and early third-century Latin theologian Tertullian, the 50 days of the Easter season is a period of great joy and gladness, for the…

Discipleship and the spiritual disciplines

Discipleship and the spiritual disciplines

Mar 2017    

The practice of discipleship is well-known among Christians. There are books describing it and materials to help us. But a key question is this: Is our practice of discipleship just technique or does it really help us become disciples? The Greek for “disciple” means “learner”, persons who discipline their life…

Bonhoeffer and discipleship

Bonhoeffer and discipleship

Mar 2017    

“Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.” These words eloquently summarise the central message of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s influential book, The Cost of Discipleship, first published in 1937. This book began life as a series of lectures about the…

Surprising witnesses

Surprising witnesses

Mar 2017    

 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.” (Isaiah 43:10, NIV) There are three surprises in Isaiah 43:10. Surprise number one: Instead of saying “You are my witnesses and my…

Art and obscenity

Art and obscenity

Feb 2017     Two planned performances in the recently-concluded M1 Singapore Fringe Festival ran into difficulties with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) due to “excessive nudity”. In ‘Naked Ladies’, burlesque dancer Thea Fitz-James strips and performs an indecent act, and in ‘Undressing Room’, dancer Ming Poon challenges a participant to undress him...
Blessed to be a blessing?

Blessed to be a blessing?

Feb 2017     Recently, I heard a preacher exhort his congregation to “seek God’s blessings upon your life so that you can become a blessing to many others around you”. However, the preacher was obviously encouraging his audience to acquire material possessions which they could share with or give to others, so that...
Beware the barriers we put up

Beware the barriers we put up

Feb 2017      I have a friend whom I have not seen for more than 40 years. I am not sure whether I could recognise him if I met him today. Mr Viggo Sogaard spent many years as a missionary in Thailand before pursuing his Masters at Wheaton College and doctorate at Fuller...
Post-truth politics?

Post-truth politics?

Jan 2017     Last November, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” as the international word for the year 2016. So significant is this expression that Oxford Dictionaries’ Casper Grathwohl even said it could become “one of the defining words of our time”. “Post-truth”, whose origins can be traced to the early 1990s, is not a...
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...
The betrayal of medicine

The betrayal of medicine

Dec 2016     One of the reasons that the National Council of Churches of Singapore gave for rejecting physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia in its 2008 statement is that these actions are “against the very ethos of medical practice”. The betrayal of medicine’s noblest purpose that the growing acceptance of PAS and euthanasia...
Rights, right and righteousness

Rights, right and righteousness

Dec 2016     God has given us a capacity and yearning to live beyond ourselves, an innate desire to do good by our conscience: where our actions, decisions, words and expressions are guided by our framework of values, beliefs and moral expectations. This framework could be based on religious beliefs, cultural heritage, family...
Are you a disciple?

Are you a disciple?

Nov 2016     For the longest time, many of us have functioned with a two-tier understanding of the Christian faith. We have been told that there were two types of Christians. If you accepted Christ as your Saviour, you were saved. You had Christ in your life. You would go to heaven when...
Gender chaos

Gender chaos

Nov 2016     At Brighton College, one of the most prestigious private schools in Britain, gender distinct uniforms have been abolished. This means that the students in the school could choose to wear trousers or a skirt, a blazer or a bolero jacket. Teachers in some preschools in America are not allowed to...
The kingdom of God

The kingdom of God

Nov 2016     “Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you’.” (Luke 17:20-21, NIV 1984)...
Do not provoke one another

Do not provoke one another

Oct 2016     God has given us precious relationships. We need to treasure and grow in these relationships. True spirituality is practical and should be evident in our relationships. But at times we break these God-given relationships by the way we behave and by the way we speak. Provoking one another is one...
Islamophobia phobia

Islamophobia phobia

Oct 2016     After a closed-door meeting with 60 Madrasah students in March this year, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam spoke to the press about the dangers that Islamophobia poses to the social fabric of Singapore. The origin of the term “Islamophobia” is somewhat obscure. However, it is clear that by the late 1990s, the term had already entered into mainstream...
Can our church save Hou Ann from the poverty trap?

Can our church save Hou Ann from the poverty trap?

Oct 2016     Hou Ann attends Sunday School. He has been coming to church since he and his sibling were referred to the church for help. His karung-guni father has struggled to take care of him and his younger brother. There is no mother at home; she left even before divorcing his father. I mention Hou...
The heart of life

The heart of life

Sep 2016     Proverbs 4:23 tells us: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (ESV) This is a well-known dictum. Orientals regard the heart as being central to a person, not only because of its position relative to our physical self, but also because it is...
Designer disability?

Designer disability?

Sep 2016     In 2002, the Washington Post Magazine published a story of an American lesbian couple, Sharon Duchesneau and Candy McCullough – both of whom are deaf – who had deliberately chosen to have a deaf baby. A friend of theirs, with five generations of deafness in his family, donated his sperm....
Where are our young people?

Where are our young people?

Sep 2016     At family devotion, my 13-year-old son quipped: “The good should go to heaven and the bad, hell.” “Son, who are ‘the good’? Who decides who is good? What is the yardstick for goodness so I know for sure that I am good?” I replied. So continued our discussion which pointed...
Tell it slant

Tell it slant

Aug 2016     “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” Maybe these words of Emily Dickinson make a similar point to the Apostle Peter’s words: But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope...
Is it ethical?

Is it ethical?

Aug 2016     In 2006, in an article published in Methodist Message, I argued that gender dysphoria is a form of mental disorder – a view I still hold today. If this judgement is sound, then far from being a helpful correction to the condition, sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) is in fact collaborating...
Person-centred care and the Christian

Person-centred care and the Christian

Aug 2016     Person-centred care, or PCC, is a catchphrase familiar to the healthcare industry. It is also an adage the Singapore Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) uses as the basis of their advocacy work on behalf of people living with dementia. The ADA explains that PCC captures a way of thinking and doing...
When facing new movements

When facing new movements

Jul 2016     The Wesleyan Quadrilateral is one of the most important contributions of Methodism to theological thinking. Although John Wesley did not systemise it, it was attributed to his genius. For centuries, Scripture was mainly interpreted through the eyes of tradition in the early Church. This kept the Church from making progress...
The human face

The human face

Jul 2016     In August 2015, injured volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison received a face transplant in a 26-hour surgery performed by plastic surgeon Dr Eduardo Roderiguez and his team, a procedure which cost US$1 million (S$1.36 million). The donor was David Rodenbaugh, who had died in a cycling accident. The first person to...
Overcoming pessimism

Overcoming pessimism

Jul 2016     Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” Numbers 13:30 Pessimists seem to be everywhere, even in our churches. With their immediate negative responses, pessimists pour cold water on anything and everything. Facing...
Religion, public discourse and the common good

Religion, public discourse and the common good

Jun 2016     Without doubt, one of the most important – if highly contentious – ideas in political and social philosophy today is that of the common good. Although the idea is once again in vogue in recent public and academic discourse, its origins can be traced to Aristotle, who refused to designate...
Doing good despite…

Doing good despite…

Jun 2016     Among the New Testament books, the Epistle of James has one distinct feature: the preceptof“faith without works is dead” (James 2:20, NKJV). It is not meant to contend with the traditional doctrine of “justification by faith”. Instead the author’s intention is to encourage believers who have been saved by grace...
Rethinking the Methodist Church in Singapore

Rethinking the Methodist Church in Singapore

Jun 2016     The socio-economic changes that have taken place in Singapore over the last few decades have truly been remarkable. However, future changes over the next few decades will be more far-reaching in terms of their depth and impact upon family and society. The prayerful Christian who spends time contemplating the future...
A zeal for patience and good works

A zeal for patience and good works

May 2016     “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 “My heart was strangely warmed.” That’ s how John Wesley described his spiritual experience whilst at a Bible study meeting in Aldersgate Street, London,...
Rethinking missions

Rethinking missions

May 2016     What comes to your mind when you hear the word “mission”? Going to exotic places, climbing mountains and crossing treacherous rivers, walking through the jungles and experiencing exotic aromas in distant lands, or going to a continent where elephants and giraffe roam the roads? We grew up with the mission...
Secular intolerance

Secular intolerance

May 2016     In November last year, The Straits Times reported that, according to Attorney-General George Brandis, Australia is experiencing an“alarming emergence” of religious intolerance. “Members of the Christians faiths”, Australia’s top law officer reportedly said, “are routinely subject to mockery and insult by prominent writers and commentators” (ST, 4 Nov 2015). To...
Who are the Liberals?

Who are the Liberals?

Apr 2016     "Don’t touch that book, it was written by a liberal theologian!” To label someone a “liberal” is often to sound a death knell — we should not touch his books, attend his talks or come anywhere within 100 kilometres of him. But what does it mean to call someone a...
Treasuring friendship

Treasuring friendship

Apr 2016     A few years ago, I engaged in serious reflection on my spiritual journey over the past 40 years. It has not been an easy journey. There were ups and downs. I realised that without the help of my friends, I could not have come thus far. When I was discouraged,...
Paganising Christianity

Paganising Christianity

Apr 2016     The unprecedented emergence of religious fundamentalism and fervour across the globe in the final decades of the last century has led to the demise of the so-called secularisation theory proposed by philosophers and sociologists in the 1960s. Instead of being made obsolete by the seemingly unstoppable advance of secularism, the religions...
God’s servants in pain

God’s servants in pain

Mar 2016     Pain is no stranger to us. All of us have known some kind of pain – from skinned knees to broken hearts and dreams in smithereens. Along the road of life, we are bound to experience loss, injustice, illness or injury. The way out is the way through. There is...
Bloody witness

Bloody witness

Mar 2016     “Soundings” is a series of essays that, like the waves of a sonogram, explore issues in society, culture and the church in light of the Gospel and Christian understanding. In November 2010, Fr. Christian Mbusa Bakulene and a parish worker were walking to St. John the Baptist Church in Kanyabayonga...
Choosing to do ‘nothing new’

Choosing to do ‘nothing new’

Mar 2016     "All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new...
Good conversations

Good conversations

Feb 2016     Every day I exchange text messages on various platforms; about a third of my friends on Facebook may “like” a post I put up, and I would “like” their postings. Every day there will be communications for various purposes – I could be teaching in class, then a quick exchange...
Interrogating multiculturalism

Interrogating multiculturalism

Feb 2016     In June 2011, I wrote an article for The Straits Times on multiculturalism in Singapore at the invitation of The United Nations Alliance of Civilisation. In the article, I argued that the Government’s approach has succeeded in fostering social cohesion in multi-racial Singapore. I suggested that the Singapore model could...
Watch, wait and wonder

Watch, wait and wonder

Feb 2016     “All who heard it were amazed.” (Luke 2:18) All who heard the news about Jesus the Child were amazed. When was the last time you were amazed – truly amazed – at somenews? Modern media coverage has made the experience of true amazement very rare these days. It sometimes feels...
Time to think about Time

Time to think about Time

Jan 2016     Most of us make new resolutions at the beginning of each New Year. The idea is to put the disappointments and failures of the past year behind in the hope that the year ahead will be better. However, I have found meditating on Psalm 90 to be a more meaningful...
As Good As Dead

As Good As Dead

Jan 2016     One of the most disturbing moral fictions in the field of medicine in our time is the so-called neurological criteria for determining death that equate brain death with the death of a human being. This new approach was proposed in 1968 by an Ad Hoc Harvard Medical School Committee as...
Well-versed in which chapter

Well-versed in which chapter

Dec 2015     For each of us, the foundation is laid and the cornerstone has been our Lord Jesus Christ. Take heed how we build thereupon. It is that season of the year again! As we come to the close of yet another 12 months, is it time to sigh and sigh deeply?...
The Christmas Story and Christian Outreach

The Christmas Story and Christian Outreach

Dec 2015     Over the years we have witnessed relentless attempts, both blatant and subtle, to change the Christmas story for a revisionist world bent on taking political-correctness to the extreme. Despite such attempts, faithful Christians following the teachings of the church know that Christmas is about God reaching out in love to the...
Catholic Bishops on Same-Sex Marriage

Catholic Bishops on Same-Sex Marriage

Dec 2015     The recently-concluded Synod on the Family (4 – 25 October), a historic meeting of 270 bishops from around the world at the Vatican, published a report on some of the most controversial issues surrounding marriage, divorce and sexuality after three weeks of “rich and lively dialogue”. Pope Francis convened this...
A Gift beyond description

A Gift beyond description

Dec 2015     “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Cor 9:15   It is Christmas again, a time to exchange gifts. We all love this season because we also receive gifts. As usual, the commercial world is busy suggesting gifts in various forms, solely with commercial motives. When we look at...
Whole Life: Discipleship for the family

Whole Life: Discipleship for the family

Nov 2015     “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” Deuteronomy 6:5-6 The Great Commandment is based on Deuteronomy 6 in the context of the family. God uses...
Sordid ‘science’

Sordid ‘science’

Nov 2015     “Soundings” is a series of essays that, like the waves of a sonogram, explore issues in society, culture and the church in light of the Gospel and Christian understanding. In its ‘FAQs on Sexuality’, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) of Singapore seems to base its understanding of human sexuality substantially,...
Being a good neighbour

Being a good neighbour

Nov 2015     'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Luke 10:27 We are familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan recorded in Luke 10:25-37. This was the answer...
The emotional problem of evil

The emotional problem of evil

Oct 2015     “Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” cries the psalmist (Psalm 10:1, NIV 2011). Do these words echo how you are feeling? God does not discourage us from voicing such cries to him; in fact, He inspired it in His Word.  ...
The fictionalised self

The fictionalised self

Oct 2015     Since its inception about 40 years ago, the Internet has revolutionised our lives in innumerable ways. It has made possible access to a huge amount of information on almost everything under the sun, from the latest news about a celebrity to instructions on how to make a bomb. The Internet has...
Whose feet do we wash?

Whose feet do we wash?

Oct 2015     “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”     John 13:14 (NIV) “You a doctor? Ha! That’s a big laugh. You could never be a doctor!   You know why? Because you don’t love mankind, that’s why!” Charles Schulz’s Peanuts...
Gossip: A dangerous  disease

Gossip: A dangerous disease

Sep 2015     “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.” Proverbs 18:8   Gossip is a disease commonly found everywhere, and the church is no exception. In fact, it is a deadly disease that causes much damage in the Body of Christ. Gossip spreads...
Thinking about same-sex marriage

Thinking about same-sex marriage

Sep 2015     “Same-sex marriage legalised across US” headlined The Straits Times on 27 June 2015.   My two older Primary school-going children have started to read the newspapers. Minutes later, out popped a question: “So, why is it not okay, Mum?” I was surprised at how the question was worded.   A...
Not just about love

Not just about love

Sep 2015     In June this year, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all US states. This means that the 14 states that ban same-sex marriage must now not only recognise same sex marriages that have taken place in other states; they must also grant...
Singles and sexuality

Singles and sexuality

Aug 2015     Today, Christians are expected to remain sexually continent for a longer period of time than any generation that has preceded us. People are not married during the years when hormones are hardest to control.   Christians are taught to abstain from sex till marriage. So courting couples kiss all over but...
Our common home

Our common home

Aug 2015     In June this year, the much-anticipated encyclical by Pope Francis finally appeared. Unlike papal encyclicals in the past, which were addressed to the Church, Pope Francis’ circular epistle is directed at the whole human family. The reason for this departure is clear: the fundamental concern of this new encyclical has to...
Live long and prosper

Live long and prosper

Aug 2015     When we read Genesis Chapter 5, we are amazed at the longevity of Adam and his descendants who each lived long lives of a few hundred years. Lamech had the shortest life of 777 years while Methuselah lived the longest – 969 years. Except for Enoch who walked with God and was...
The problem of evil

The problem of evil

Jul 2015     One only has to turn on the news to hear of sad stories of all kinds – a mother killed by a drunk driver, a child dying of cancer, war between nations, earthquakes leaving villages in ruins, not to mention the issues surrounding ISIS. So, does Christianity have an adequate...
The myth of secular neutrality

The myth of secular neutrality

Jul 2015     Secularists have long ridiculed religion by portraying it as dangerous and divisive. Secularism, they insist, is not only objective since it is based on the natural sciences and empirical rationalism; it is also more tolerant and neutral, and therefore the best guarantor of social peace.   Secular neutrality has been brandished...
Who’s muttering against us?

Who’s muttering against us?

Jul 2015     “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ ” Luke 15:1-2 Is anyone “muttering” against or criticising the Church? And if so, for what are we being...
Why minorities matter

Why minorities matter

Jun 2015     “After we became independent, the point that he (the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew) always reiterated was never do to the minorities in Singapore what happened to us when we were a minority in Malaysia…” PM Lee Hsien Loong, 2012 This quote (above) resonated with me. On 13 May 1969,...
Civilisation and barbarism

Civilisation and barbarism

Jun 2015     In his 2011 book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker argues that “violence has been in decline for long stretches of time” and that “we may be living in the most peaceful era of our species’ existence.”   Describing the 800-page tome as a “masterly...
Success will come and go but integrity is forever

Success will come and go but integrity is forever

Jun 2015     Integrity springs from inner purity. It is rooted in one’s heart. It is the internal character of God’s people.   Many years ago I was complaining to my immediate leader about a questionable practice of a fellow worker. I questioned the integrity of the person. The well-respected leader told me...
Family matters

Family matters

May 2015     Discover God’s design and purpose for family God’s design for family – every family – is really about something bigger. Ask anyone if family really matters and most, if not all, would say it does. The real question, though, is “Why does family matter?” Have you ever wondered what God...
The limits of freedom

The limits of freedom

May 2015     On a chilly January morning this year, two heavily-armed Islamic terrorists barged into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and fired 50 shots, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others. The terrorists shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is the greatest”) in an attack that was...
Do this in remembrance of Me: Memories

Do this in remembrance of Me: Memories

May 2015     Mankind, being created by God, has an even greater power of recollection and nostalgia for the past and the capacity to respond to previous events beyond just simple memory. In God’s creation, many animals show that they have a certain kind of memory. Family pets can remember familiar voices, language,...
Private, Personal and Public

Private, Personal and Public

Apr 2015     Jesus said, don’t pray to be seen by others, but rather, “go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matt 6:6) As a frequent user of public transport, I find...
Three adults and a baby

Three adults and a baby

Apr 2015     On 3 Feb 2015, the British Parliament voted 382 to 128 in favour of legalising a technique in assisted reproductive technology known as mitochondrial replacement, after much heated debate. The UK is the first country in the world to legalise this treatment that would result in children with three genetic...
Worship as  heartfelt lament

Worship as heartfelt lament

Apr 2015     “David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament …”  2 Samuel 1:17-18 (NIV)   David “taught this lament” to the people. David also wrote many other laments which were taught to, and sung by, the...
A H.A.N.D.S on approach to showing Jesus is God

A H.A.N.D.S on approach to showing Jesus is God

Mar 2015     It is sometimes said that for most people in Asia it is not a question of whether there is a God, but a question of which God? The challenge for us as Christians, then, is to show what reasons we have for thinking that Jesus is truly God. Robert M....
Secularism and its discontents

Secularism and its discontents

Mar 2015     The American sociologist Peter Berger is perhaps one of the most interesting scholars of secularism and religion. In his book The Sacred Canopy published in 1967, Berger presented the famous secularisation thesis which postulates that as modernity advances, the influence of religion will diminish and eventually disappear altogether. Thirty years...
Guarding the unity of the Body of Christ

Guarding the unity of the Body of Christ

Mar 2015     In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul calls Christians in the Corinthian church to come together. Why did he need to do so? The Church today is in peril of becoming commercialised. Some churches have become so huge that they have become private entities. This commercialisation process may muddle the...
The message of sexual wholeness

The message of sexual wholeness

Feb 2015     Sexual wholeness is also sexual integrity. The Latin root of the word integrity” means “soundness” and “wholeness”. Sexual integrity is expressing sexuality throughout life in a true, excellent, honest and pure way. Many of us are familiar with the teaching of sexual purity and the emphasis on external rules. who created sex can become the...
Social egg freezing

Social egg freezing

Feb 2015     In October 2014, Apple and Facebook made the headlines by announcing that they would pay the expenses of women employees who wished to freeze their eggs. This unprecedented move has revived debate on the ethical issues surrounding this particular use of assisted reproductive technology, as well as its possible social...
Our hiding place – God

Our hiding place – God

Feb 2015     You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalms 32:7 As I began writing this short message, it was already the third day since AirAsia QZ8501 disappeared while on a flight from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 passengers on board....
‘Neither’ or ‘Either’?

‘Neither’ or ‘Either’?

Jan 2015     “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.” John 4:21 Neither?! I wouldn’t have expected Jesus to say that! I thought he would have said “Either!”, not “Neither!” The woman at the well had asked him...
When God opens the way

When God opens the way

Jan 2015     Photos courtesy of Methodist Missions Society God opened the way for the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) to operate a place of worship in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in July 2010. International Christian Fellowship (ICF) – HCMC was born after almost two decades of laboring in love to build relationships...
Religion and violence?

Religion and violence?

Jan 2015     The beheadings of American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and the British aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State (IS) in 2014 have not only shocked and outraged the world, but they have also revived the debate about religious violence. Both President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister...
The meaning of membership

The meaning of membership

Jan 2015     On a typical Sunday, there will be three categories of people making up the church congregation: members, non-members with no church affiliation, and non-members who belong to another church. There is one more category, but they are not in church. They are the missing members. Where have the missing ones...
Beware of Distractions

Beware of Distractions

Dec 2014     The real Joy of Christmas is in the Person of Jesus Christ and not in those externals. Preparations are underway everywhere for Christmas celebrations. The commercial world is well ahead of us in their preparations to lure all of us in the name of Christmas (not Christ). Every year, business...
 
 

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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…