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From a young adults retreat organised by my church in May 2017.
Why is there a need to read the Bible well?
#1 There is a right way to read the Bible.
2 Tim 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker bwho has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
#2 When we read the Bible rightly, we gain life and immortality.
2 Tim 1:10 and which now has ybeen manifested through zthe appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,awho abolished death and bbrought life and cimmortality to light through the gospel, Continue reading “Becoming Better Bible Readers”
How sensitive are we to the contexts in which we use ideas and words?
Recently began attending a series of discussions organised by Para Limes on “East-West” issues. This one (held on 14 June 2017) was with Vernie Oliveiro, Senior Assistant Director (Policy Strategy) with the Strategy Management Unit of the Ministry of National Development, who’s trained in history and has a strong interest in the Singaporean identity.
Continue reading “The Stories Behind the Histories We Tell”
“What role can Singapore play in enriching the dialogue between East and West?” – Dr. Helena Gao
Recently began attending a series of discussions organised by Para Limes on “East-West” issues, the first of which was chaired by Dr. Helena Gao, linguistics researcher and director of NTU’s Bilingual Development Lab, and held on 11 May 2017.
Continue reading “Multi-lingualism & Social Identities”
The commodification of culture doesn’t always kill culture; one could point to many examples of culture thriving for its own intrinsic value while also producing (yes, in the language of production) transactional value.
Some then say, “Be careful! Lest you kill the golden goose,” thinking they’re stewarding this culture in question. Yet, perhaps it is the very conceptualisation of this “golden goose” that drags culture into “being”, instead of its continuous “becoming”, and that bestows culture with form – a discrete manifestation.
Vultures gather, bearing gifts, unaware they’re exacerbating the dying. At times, perhaps when fortunate, this goose bleeds slowly on and passes peacefully into oblivion. But, mostly (I say this for effect and with a tinge of truth), it limps on hollow, without a soul.
Perhaps we only truly own something when we give it away. Perhaps, too, what we didn’t struggle for, we can merely seek to behold, never to own nor to hold.
Continue reading “野子”
The stars have long gone.
Homebound, two million light years in emptiness.
Night has fallen, for while now, her solace freely given.
“This city never sleeps.”
To those who find the silence too quiet, or tremble in the dark.
“…woooOOOSHHHhhh…” The sound of wheels and wet streets.
The wind’s been at it for a month, or two;
an East Wind, it enters my abode undeterred, cleanses my soul.
In September 2015, I dropped NUS OCA an email regarding the potential mispronunciation of Oei Tiong Ham Building. The recording read it as “Oi” instead of “Wee”. They promised to look into it and change it. I think somewhere along the way, it was changed but I simply didn’t notice because it was no longer mispronounced. But today I heard it!
“Next stop: Weeeee Tiong Ham Building.”
Oh, how sweet…
Do work on your testimony, about half an A4 page, based on the 2 questions:
1. Why do you want to get baptised?
2. How has Christ impacted your life?
1. I want to be baptised because it is instructed of those who believe in Jesus.
2. In the past, I thought I could live without God (or gods, for the matter). After all, what if there weren’t any of these things? Wouldn’t my life then misguided? When I tried to lead a life that was essentially god-less, I realised two things about myself. Continue reading “Baptism Testimony”