Sunday, 31 October 2010

Reformation Sunday

Today we commemorate Reformation Sunday, the anniversary of Martin Luther's historical nailing of his 95 Theses on the door of the Roman Catholic Church. I will be collating comments, quotes and thoughts across the blogosphere as we remember our roots and heritage.

Alex Tang wrote on his blog, regarding a comment he made while preaching that "we are Protestants and still protesting," that a member noted,
Protestants should not longer mean protesting. Protestants should mean professing and testifying.

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Friday, 29 October 2010

A call to holiness

A quote from Spurgeon on Kevin DeYoung's blog.
That a teacher of the gospel should first be a partaker of it is a simple truth, but at the same time a rule of the most weighty importance. We are not among those who accept the apostolic succession of young men simply because they assume it; if their college experience has been rather vivacious than spiritual, if their honours have been connected with athletic exercises than with labours for Christ, we demand evidence of another kind than they are able to present to us. No amount of fees paid to learned doctors, and no amount of classics received in return, appear to us to be evidences of a call from above. True and genuine piety is necessary as the first indispensable requisite; whatever “call” a man may pretend to have, if he has not been called to holiness, he certainly has not been called to the ministry.
Other notable quotes
What my people need from me most is my own personal holiness. ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Sanctity in ministers is a loud call to sinners to repent, and when allied with holy cheerfulness it becomes wonderfully attractive. ~ Spurgeon
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2 Pet 1:3,8; Eph 1:4

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Marriages in Singapore still strong

A recent survey of 1,100 soon-to-wed and married couples by a national marriage resource centre showed the following statistics:
  • 98% of married respondents were satisfied with their marriage
  • 95% of married couples were looking at marriage as a lifelong commitment
  • 82% try to resolve the conflict within the same day when an argument with the spouse arises
  • 1 in 3 couples married for 20 years and more said they would have married someone else if given a second choice.
These figures and others show marriages in Singapore are healthy, according to Anita Fam, Chairperson of Marriage Central, noting that in the past 5 years, divorce rates have stabilised, averaging 7.5 divorces per 1,000 married Singaporeans, according to Department of Statistics.
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Monday, 11 October 2010

Past mistakes, amazing future

God spoke to me recently through our church sermon on Gen 20:1-18 about Abraham committing the same sin of lying that his wife Sarah was his sister to Abimelech king of Gerar. I was convicted to bring before God my past sins and seek His forgiveness, and to seek closure and confession so that such things would not resurface because I had not dealt with it properly or definitively.

I was also reflecting on the recent allegation made by a male teacher of ACS (I) towards the recently retired Dr Ong Teck Chin, who had served the school in total for 23 years, as vice-principal (1988-94) and principal (1994-2010). He also serves as an elder at Bethesda (Frankel Estate) Church, and does counselling with the community. The world and media have in recent years been quick to jump on any opportunity of a scandal or juicy tabloid news of high-profile leaders or people in authority, especially within religious circles, both abroad and local. Think of former-US president Bill Clinton, New Life Church's pastor and former-NAE president Ted Haggard, ex-NKF's CEO T. T. Durai, ex-Ren Ci's CEO Venerable Shi Ming Yi, City Harvest's senior pastor Rev Kong Hee, ex-ACS (Barker) principal Ng Eng Chin, the list goes on. The main two hot buttons tend to be sexual impropriety and mishandling of finances, amidst other issues e.g plagiarism.Read the full article >>

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Sunday, 10 October 2010

10.10.10

Today is an interesting date in history. It happens to be the 10th of October, 2010, or in numerical form 10.10.10. Perhaps for many young couples in Singapore, this would be an auspicious or special date to tie the knot. I can imagine restaurants and hotels being popular and fully booked, and many a wedding dinner happening tonight1.


In the Bible, the number ten, linked originally to reckoning by the fingers, is a favorite round figure in the O.T. e.g. the Ten Commandments, the ten plagues, the ten patriarchs before the flood, the tenth (tithe) as an offering to God, and ten as a measurement in relation to the ark, tabernacle, and temple (Gen 6:15; Ex 26-27; 1 Kgs 6-7). In the N.T., ten plays a lesser role. It is a round number e.g. Lk 19:13; Matt 25:1; Rev 2:10. Jesus displays His messiahship by ten miracles in Matthew 8 and 9. The genealogy in Matt 1 fits into a ten-period schema. The ten horns in Revelation represent a totality of power (as in Dan 7:20). In Rom 8:38-39, ten powers are unable to separate us from God, and in 1 Cor 6:9-10, ten vices exclude from the kingdom of God2.
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