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...
Musings of a Legal Alien

Musings of a Legal Alien

One of my favourite Sting songs is “Englishman in New York (1988).” And one of my favourite lines from that song: And you can hear it in my accent when I talk I’m an Englishman in New York Well, you can hear it in my accent when I talk, I’m a Penang boy in...
Don’t Compare

Don’t Compare

There was a time when I would compare my life with that of my peers. In a particularly dark period of my life, a time when I had lost most of my public ministry, I would think of a classmate of mine from Regent, and wonder why my life was not like his. He was...
An Unexpected Blessing

An Unexpected Blessing

It was an hour before we were supposed to board the plane. We were surprised when we were called to report to the boarding gate. (This was about 1.30 in the morning, after a weekend of ministry, after three weeks in the Pacific Northwest, waiting to board our...