Bishop’s Message
Arts, Education and Health

Arts, Education and Health – The Soul, Mind & Body of Community

The Bible book Ezra-Nehemiah describes three priorities in the development of the community after the ravages of war had left Jerusalem in ruin for 70 years. Referring to Ezra-Nehemiah as a single book, following the custom of the Hebrew Bible (unlike the Christian tradition which counts Ezra and Nehemiah as two separate books), the ancient Hebrew scribes (scholars call them Masoretes) included notes at the end of every Bible book, summarising the total number of verses in every book and indicating which verse marked the book’s mid-point.


In politics, be the salt of the earth

Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD. While Jezebel was killing off the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and…


In the days of youth and vigour

Singapore celebrates Youth Day every July! The Bible in Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NIV) addresses our youth. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come…

Creation Care in Psalm 104

Psalm 104 is one of the most extended meditations on Creation Care in the Bible. The Psalmist praises God for both creating, and caring for the many, many different created…

Good is better than Great!

And we know that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good—with those who have been called according to his purpose.…

Rituals should help, not hinder

May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God – the LORD, the God of their ancestors– even if they are not clean according…

God places the lonely in families

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families […].” (Ps 68:5­–6 NIV) According to UNICEF,1 there are…

The Sphere of the Church? A Sphere of Grace

I write these words on a date on which C. S. Lewis was born 123 years ago. Lewis, who taught English Literature at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, is said…

Peace on earth, good-will to men

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14 NIV) Here are two short comments on this familiar Christmas…