Memento Mori

The practice of memento mori (Latin: remember we must die) has the profound potential to instil wisdom into our lives. While focusing on death may sound more morbid than meaningful, its contemplation allows us to appreciate the scarcity of the very time we’re looking to make the most of in our fast-paced world. Psalm 90:12…

A Better Homeland

As a doctor, I’m no stranger to death. Breaking the bad news of a poor prognosis is a regular part of the job, but no matter how many times I do it, it never gets easier. Yet if there’s something I’ve learnt from these interactions, it’s that all pretences are stripped away when death stares…

The Wisest Fool

Who is the wisest man in the Old Testament? While many candidates come to mind, King Solomon must rank as a strong contender. When he began his reign as king of Israel, he was granted any wish by God. Instead of asking for a long life or the demise of his enemies, he asked for…

Ps Tan Hui Ru

Hello, My Name Is…

Hospitality is one of the things that we find most challenging as a society. It’s somehow really ingrained in us to leave others alone unless they ask to be approached. And in church, that means that we are content to sit in the same area as the same people for many years without ever knowing…

“Living a Good Life”

What does it mean to live a good life? Solomon writes from the vantage point of an elderly man and offers wisdom on how to live. So, let us consider how to live a good life. As he looks backwards, he says in Eccl. 1:2-4, “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the teacher. Utterly meaningless. Everything is meaningless.…

Pastor Herna

God’s Intervention amid Our Fear

Although he is known as a hero of faith (Heb. 11), Abraham’s life is that of an ordinary human being, just like ours; a life with the ups and downs along the journey of faith. Abraham failed God twice. After he failed God in Egypt (Gen. 12:10-20), here in Negeb (Gen. 20), Abraham failed God…

Ps Tan Hui Ru

Trust God; He is God

About a month ago, I joined the ranks of the 60% in Singapore who have caught COVID-19. And in the past month, I have been learning once again what it means to slow down, what it means to rest, and what it means to rely on God and trust Him even as plans go awry.…

True Faith is

In my short journey as a pastor, I have had the privilege of journeying with some fellow believers through dark periods of their life. At such times, I always feel that my words are grossly inadequate; our time together consists more of silence punctuated by brief periods of empty words. After all, when it seems…