Gratitude

Gratitude

Last week, during the question-and-answer segment of Prof James Houston’s public lecture, someone asked him what spiritual disciplines had enabled him to continue to serve so vibrantly even in his 94th year. Prof Houston’s immediate reply was a hearty guffaw that was...
Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace

The email asked if I was ready for my ministry the coming weekend. It came from a pastor friend in Miri (Sarawak) and it left me cold. I didn’t have the ministry commitment in my planner. I vaguely recalled that this was a teaching commitment for 2017. I checked...
Ambushed by Grace

Ambushed by Grace

The past two weeks have been pretty challenging ones. Dad was discovered to have a life-threateningly low heart rate of 36 when we took him in for his regular appointment with his geriatrician. She insisted on warding him immediately. That night, his heart rate...
Angel with a “Bindi”

Angel with a “Bindi”

The lorry behind me kept flashing its lights. It had been behind me for a while but it had not stopped flashing its headlamps. I was alone, driving to Senai, Malaysia to speak at a retreat for youth workers. It was a lonely stretch of highway and the lorry on my tail...
The Smell of Cigarettes

The Smell of Cigarettes

Smell is the only sense that does not make a brief stop at the brain’s relay station, the thalamus, before going to the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that explains, reasons and rationalizes. Smell is unmediated, unfiltered; it hits the prefrontal...
A Family Tradition

A Family Tradition

I first got the idea from Grace Goh. She encouraged us to take our children out for a good celebratory meal just before they sit for a major exam. She said that when we do this, we send a very clear signal to them that they are loved for who they are and not for how...