Young Voices

Defending the faith I am grateful for

Did you know King Charles III, the current monarch, bears the title “Defender of the Faith”? This title was first conferred on Henry VIII in 1521 when England was still part of the Roman Catholic Church, by Pope Leo X. Known as Fidei Defensor in Latin, it was granted to Henry VIII in recognition of the theological treatise Defence of the Seven Sacraments which he authored, possibly working with Thomas More and Cardinal Wolsey.

“Don’t come back a heathen!”

“Don’t come back a heathen!” I distinctly remember the first time I heard those words from the mouth of Rev Dr Isaac Lim who, while preaching at Covenant Vision Christian Church in February 2023, provided an anecdote of how a man once committed to serving the Lord, returned home from studies in the UK a completely changed man who now forsook the Lord.

All (Sea) Creatures of Our God and King: Playing hide and seek with God

Consider the following creature of the sea: it has neither heart nor brain, its body has a higher percentage of water than Coca-Cola and it reproduces by ejecting offspring into the unknown. If someone could create such a creature, we would be in awe at this inventor’s ingenuity.

In search of authentic Christian community

This question undergirds many ongoing conversations on young adults in the Methodist Church. It lies beneath disappointments, disillusionments, and frustrations nursed by young adults who feel let down when their churches remain distant from scriptural precedents and ideals.

To those not celebrating Father’s Day

I have nothing against Father’s Day. My family just never had the practice of celebrating it—along with other occasions like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Maybe it was because my parents were not the sentimental sort. The most we did was to attend the big, extended-family dinners my uncles or aunties would throw for my grandfathers on both sides.

What do you mean, you want to leave your church?

“I’m thinking of leaving my church,” said one of my close friends. Later, a second and a third friend also brought this up during a meal. Soon, I could no longer count with both hands the friends who had decided to leave their church, or the Church. What was happening?

Five ways to put Christ in Christmas

Five ways to put Christ in Christmas

Christmas evolved from the Middle English Christemass, which means Christ’s mass. As ‘mass’ refers to a church service, it should come quite naturally to most that the primary reason for Christmas would be Christ’s birth.

In the beginning, the Metaverse was created… But is it good?

In the beginning, the Metaverse was created. And around the world, churches eager to enter digital missions saw that it was very good. While it might sound like a logical extension of the Great Commission, the questions that should be addressed before we begin diverting resources to Metaverse missions, are: what is the Metaverse? How does it work? What is its promise? How should the Church relate to it?

Broken like me

Broken like me

“I am thankful I got caught because otherwise I would have just continued what I was doing.”