Saturday, 27 February 2010

Singapore is blessed with religious diversity & harmony
CNA, 27 Feb 2010

SM Goh was the guest-of-honour at the official opening ceremony of the new Bartley Christian Church building. He said
inter-faith harmony in Singapore is active, not passive, meaning religious groups make it a point to stay in touch, allowing them to clear up any misunderstandings that may arise.
Singapore is "blessed" because different religious groups are able to co-exist, and because there is inter-faith dialogue ... It's not just passive harmony, but active harmony ... We have the Inter-Religious Organisation, where the leaders meet often so that they are in touch with one another, so they are able to very quickly react to any misunderstanding and put things right.
MP Seah Kian Peng added
Let us not forget that our speeches - whether in Parliament, from the pulpit or at community events like these - are heard by many who may not be present at the event. This is, by and large, a good thing ... But it also means that we have to be prepared to defend our statements and our views to a larger audience. We can usefully put forward our own positions and views without running others down.
See related articles
Community leaders celebrate racial harmony month with gala dinner (CNA, 10 Jul 10)
Be rational, calm, decisive but do not over-react: Dr Yaacob on ISD detentions (CNA, 10 Jul 10)
Ties among religious leaders remain strong: IRO president (CNA, 06 Jul 10)
Maintaining racial harmony imperative to Singapore's survival: MFA (CNA, 28 Apr 10)

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Believers without discipleship?

For those who lead or minister, there are yet graver questions. What authority or basis do I have to baptize people who have not been brought to a clear decision to be a disciple of Christ? Dare I tell people, as "believers" without discipleship that they are at peace with God? Where can I find justification for such a message? Perhaps most important: Do I as a minister have the faith to undertake the work of disciple-making? Is my first aim to make disciples?
Dallas Willard, The Great Omission

See related article
Discipleship: For super-Christians only? (Dallas Willard)

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Song - King of kings majesty by Jarrod Cooper

1. King of kings, majesty
God of Heaven living in me
Gentle Saviour, closest friend
Strong deliverer, beginning and end
All within me falls at Your throne

Chorus: Your majesty, I can but bow
I lay my all before You now
In royal robes I don't deserve
I live to serve Your majesty

2. Earth and heaven worship You
Love eternal, faithful and true
Who bought the nations, ransomed souls
Brought this sinner near to Your throne
All within me cries out in praise

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

Song - God He reigns by Hillsong

1. Holy One
Holy One
All creation bows to worship
Glory in the highest

I will sing
I will sing His praises forever

Chorus: God He reigns
God He reigns
Holy is the Lord of heaven
God He reigns
God He reigns forevermore

Bridge: All I need is You
All I need is You Lord
Is You Lord

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Monday, 8 February 2010

Pastor's comments on Buddhism/Taoism "inappropriate & unacceptable"
CNA, 08 Feb 2010

Ps Rony Tan of Lighthouse Evangelism was recently called up by the Internal Security Department (ISD) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for his comments about Buddhism and Taoism at his church sessions. These were recorded and posted on their church website, and subsequently posted on Youtube and other websites. According to MHA, his comments were
highly inappropriate and unacceptable as they trivialised and insulted the beliefs of Buddhists and Taoists. They can also give rise to tension and conflict between the Buddhist/Taoist and Christian communities.
ISD also told Ps Rony that
in preaching or proselytising his faith, he must not run down other religions, and must be mindful of the sensitivities of other religions.
Ps Rony has since personally met with and formally apologised to leaders of the Buddhist and Taoist federations, and they have accepted his apology.

(read more)

See related articles
Respect for each other's beliefs must come from deep within (CNA, 20 Jun 10)
S'poreans must not run down or trivialise others' beliefs: SM Goh (CNA, 13 Feb 10)
Living with religious harmony (King David, 10 Feb 10) - a must read, exploring the biblical concept of tolerance
DPM Wong says "glad to note" Pastor Tan realised his mistake (CNA, 10 Feb 10)
Religious leaders urge followers to speak out if rule of respect is breached (CNA, 10 Feb 10)
Pastor apologises personally to Buddhist & Taoist federations (CNA, 9 Feb 10)

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

Song - Your name by Paul Baloche

1. As morning dawns and evening fades
You inspire songs of praise
That rise from earth to touch Your heart
And glorify Your name

Chorus: Your name is a strong and mighty tower
Your name is a shelter like no other
Your name, let the nations sing it louder
'Cos nothing has the power to save
But Your name

2. Jesus, in Your name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today
Lord, give us strength to live for You
And glorify Your name

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Abstinence education reduces sexual activity

A newly-published study shows that abstinence education is more effective in reducing sexual activity among youths than other programs.

The study was compiled and released by Drs. John and Loretta Jemmott, and Dr. Geoffrey Fong, following 662 African American middle school students for a full two years after their completion of either an abstinence class, safe-sex class, or a combination of both.

One-third of students who completed the abstinence program had sexual intercourse within two years of the class, compared to more than half of those who participated in safe sex and condom use programs, and more than 40 percent who received a combination of both abstinence and safe sex education.

(read more)

See related articles
Abstinence-only education is found to delay sex (NY Times, 02 Feb 10)
Abstinence targeted in teen pregnancy report (CP, 29 Jan 10)

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