My recent trip to Greece was really an eye opener. For one, the presence of an orthodox church in Singapore is so small that not much is known about them amongst Singaporeans. Being able to visit orthodox churches and on one occasion even witness the rite of infant baptism was a wonderful exposure. I also … More The Church as suffering with others?
3/4 into our holiday trip, my dad’s camera bag got stolen. It was quite a horrible experience for me as I was tasked to look after the bag. As we took the train ride to our next destination, not much words were said between my father and I. Both of us were feeling down. The … More Reflections on a stolen bag
I was on board on the train today intending to meet some friends. Halfway through, I realised that I left my phone at home! The worst part of it all was that I did not specify where we were going to meet exactly. There was a short moment of panic with me wondering how I … More Reflections on a day without phone
Who am I? They often tell me I would step from my cell’s confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly, like a squire from his country-house. Who am I? They often tell me I would talk to my warders freely and friendly and clearly, as though it were mine to command. Who am I? They also tell me … More Who am I? – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Put the beauty of ten thousand paradises, like the garden of Eden, into one; put all trees, all flowers, all smells, all colours, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness in one; O what a fair and excellent thing would that be? And yet it should be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved … More Flavel on the Beauty of Christ
“We have the tendency to extol heroes of faith; our textbooks and our sermons are filled with the heroic. In doing so, we fall into a false dichotomy of seeing faith only in terms of victory or failure, which leads us to dismiss and discard the weak. Endo stands with those sitting in the pews … More Silence and Beauty
Since I started school, I haven’t been in the best of health. Migraines and fever weren’t uncommon resulting in me lying on bed wasting the day away. Well, to be fair, it wasn’t exactly a waste of time. I had the opportunity to reflect and so I began asking myself a question: Given the frequency … More Being reasonably fit for God
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only … More Jeremiah and his mission – The mission nobody wants
Recently I chanced upon an interesting article that tried to address the issue of megachurches and the justification for the extravagant amount that was often spent. To be honest, I think I would have fallen under the slightly more skeptical category of questioning the use of money though for slightly different reasons. As I read … More Some Thoughts on Thir.st’s “Megachurches and their extravagance: How much is too much?”
I just finished Vincent Donovan’s Christianity Rediscovered and I must say that this is truly a thought provoking book. One of the segments that stood out for me was his comparison of overseas cross-cultural mission done today and that of Paul’s missionary journey. He highlights that comparing the two, mission today unlike Paul’s does not seem … More On the Biblical-ness of Overseas Cross-Cultural Mission today.