| 27 October 2013 | read
Faith in the midst of
Job 2:10b “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
faith in the midst in his sickness and there are many lessons we can learn from
him. Ultimately it is about God’s Grace in the midst of sickness.
| 15 September 2013 | read more
Hierapolis (modern Pamukkale), together with
Colossae and Laodicea formed three major cities in the Lycus River Valley.
The only mention of Hierapolis in the Bible was in Colossians 4:12-13.
| 13 August 2013 | read more
Reflections on attending SSCS
|Prayer and worship
every morning and evening
The conference of The
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS) was held on the
retreat-like beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana
from June 29- July 2, 2013. I was glad to be able to attend and present a
paper though the journey there was long and tiring.
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To me, our 10 days
STM Turkey Study Trip 2013 was like being caught in a tornado and
dropped into the land of Oz (no, not Australia). There are these periods
of hurried packing and unpacking, been awoken at unearthly hours, and
hours of boredom on planes and buses. I do not believe I have seen so
many different types of stones in ruins, and toilets in such a short
period of time in my life before! These stones of ruins (not the
toilets) carry an ambiance sense of antiquity and spiritual power of
ancient gods such as Artemis and Apollo.
| 07 July 2013 | read
Paul's Travels: Walking for the Lord
Travel in New Testament times was not easy. Though the Romans had built their
roads which link major cities and towns, these roads were paved with stones and
not comfortable to travel on. The carts drawn by mules did not have spring
suspension and were bumpy. Most people, except for the rich and nobles, walked.
Travelers were exposed to the weather and at risk from bandits or pirates. They
were also at the mercy of unscrupulous innkeepers and their dirty unhygienic inns.
One could imagine that the people would not want to travel far unless they had
no choice. What then were the reasons the Apostle Paul have to travel?
| 20 June 2013 | read more
The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Turkish Kariye
Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi — the Chora Museum,
Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving
examples of a Byzantine church.
| 18 June 2013 | read more
According to Acts 13,
Barnabas visited Pisidian Antioch on their first journey to Asia Minor,
having first arrived in Perga on their journey from Cyprus. From Perga they
would have followed the Via Sebaste to Antioch. The book of Acts states that on
the sabbath Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue in Antioch and were invited
to speak to the people there. Their message was so well received that on the
following sabbath “almost the whole city gathered” to hear them (13:44).
Possible site of the synagogue where Paul preached his first sermon.
| 16 June 2013 | read more
These troglodyte cave-cities were
excavated as early as Hittite times, and expanded over the centuries as
various marauding armies traversed Central Anatolia in search of captives
and plunder. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia and the widest
one is Kaymakli underground city, while the deepest is the Derinkuyu
| 30 May 2013 | read more
Antioch was one of the three
largest cities of the Greco-Roman world, along with Rome and Alexandria. It
was part of Syria and it was also known as Syrian Antioch or Antioch of
Syria (there were at least 15 other cities named Antioch in the ancient
world). Known as Antakya today in the Hatay province of southern Turkey.
Photo shows entrance to St. Peter's Church.
| 29 May 2013 | read more
Lifesprings Canossian Spirituality Centre, Singapore
“O God, you will show me the path of life and fill me with joy in your
| 16 April 2013 | read
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photos from my trip to the Bible lands
| 04 April 2013 |
Conversations with my granddaughter: On
Hello little one,
Here we are, both of us all ‘dressed up’ and ready to go out. You must
wonder why we have to wear all these uncomfortable clothes just to go out. I
am sure you are just happy to be wearing only your t-shirt and pampers.
Grampa too. Wearing T-shirt and pants, that is, not pampers. The reason is
that, little one, this dressing up is to make us beautiful. I know, little
one, we are already beautiful. However, for some strange reasons, big people
think that smart clothes and even additional things like jewelry and makeup
make them beautiful.
| 18 February 2013 | read
Conversations with my
Lead us not into temptations
It is the human Jesus who resisted the
temptations of Satan by his lived experience of the Scriptures. This gives us
hope that we can resist temptations by (1) knowing ourselves; (2) developing a
plan to resist; (3) avoid temptations; (4) resist and pray; and to (5) get the
help of theirs.
| 17 February 2013 | read more
Grampa is very proud of the way you are walking now. We are all amazed that
over a few days, you have progressed from a few hesitant steps to walking
confidently with exceptional balance. Now that you are walking, we have
bought you new shoes to protect your little feet. Floors are not always
smooth. There are floors that are uneven and even have sharp things that can
hurt you. That is why you need shoes, especially now you are venturing
outside the house.
| 30 January 2013 | read
Conversations with my
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Growing spiritually deeper in Christ may also be understood as
growing deeper in faith, spiritual growth, maturing in Christ,
discipleship, and Christian spiritual formation. I prefer the word
Christian spiritual formation as we all are being spiritually formed
from the moment of conception whether we know it or not. Our minds
and hearts are continually being informed, formed and transformed by
our parents, spouses, children, society, culture and many other
influences we are exposed to everyday. Christian spiritual formation
has the nuance that this formation and transformation is the result
of the cooperation of the Holy Spirit and the person who is being
| 26 January 2013 | read
Unveiling the Glory
Text: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Growing spiritually is co-partnering with the Holy Spirit
to transform us by removing the veil and revealing the glory (Christ) that is
within us. Growing deep in faith spiritual involves two components, three
dimensions and four principles.
| 13 January 2013 | read
|The Storm on the
Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt
The Sea of Galilee is actually a lake which is surrounded by high mountains.
The Sea is at 680 feet below sea level while the surrounding mountains may
reach 2000 feet high. The air at the height is cool and dry while the air at
the Sea level is hot and moist. There is a huge drop in temperature and
humidity. The difference result in strong winds that cause sudden deadly
storms on the Sea. A small boat such as the one above will be in great
danger. Mark described one such episode:
| 5 December 2012 | read
executive director, liturgist and chief gardener of
Mustard Seeds Associates and her blog
Godspace is a one
of the innovators of the contemporary Christian contemplative tradition.
In this delightful book which is aptly named Return to our senses:
Re-imagining how we pray, Christine challenges our perception of how
and why we pray. Christine argues that though there is great value in
verbal prayers, there is more to praying than using our cognitive
“senses.” To her, our sense of sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste
are also means to praying.
| 4 December 2012 | read
The Eye Witnesses
Text: Numbers 13:1-33
We are God’s witnesses. The world will mostly know God
though what we reveal to them through our lives as His witnesses. To be
effective witnesses, we need to see through the eyes of faith.
| 25 Nov 2012 | read more
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A Man Called Barnabas
Text: Acts 11:19-24
Barnabas was a good man, full of the
Holy Spirit and faith.
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Every time I read the account of how the brave men of Jabesh-Gilead went by
night and climb the city walls to cut down the bodies of Saul and his sons,
I cannot help but wonder why would they do that? Infiltrating an enemy
fortified city is dangerous work and all these just to ensure four dead
bodies has a decent burial? I also wondered why any of King Saul's mighty
men did not attempt to salvage their king's honour?
An incident early in 1 Samuel 11 in Saul's life threw some light on the
| 24 June 2012 | read more
In Homer's great epic, the Odyssey, Odysseus, king of Ithaca, sets sail
to lay siege to Troy, leaving behind a young wife and an infant son,
Telemachus. However, he also leaves behind his trusted friend to
instruct, train and guide his son to be the future king. "I leave with
you this son, whom I so tenderly love; watch over his infancy if you
have love of me, keep flattery far from him; teach him to vanquish his
This man's name is Mentes (Greek) or Mentor (Latin). Thus the word
"mentor" entered the English language. A mentor, as defined by the
Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is a trusted counselor or guide. A
person who is being mentored is called a protégé.
| 12 June 2012 |
Despondency in Gethsemane
Matthew 26: 36-46
Jesus’ temptation in Gethsemane is the
crisis point in salvation history and encourages us to watch and pray.
| 24 March 2012 | read