“The people to whom we minister and speak will not recall 99 percent of what we say to them. BUT they will never forget the kind of persons we are……..
So we must never forget that the most important thing happening at any moment, in the midst of our ministerial duties, is the kind of persons we are becoming.”
Excerpt from The Pastors Guide to Effective Ministry by Dallas Willard
Posted by theonlinecitizen on September 10th, 2007
This open letter was written by Otto Fong (see insert picture) who is currently teaching in the Raffles Institution. In this letter, he openly shares his sex-orientation of that being gay which he published in his blog.
And incidentally, his story was featured on the frontpage of today’s The New Paper.
This is a good read for us to better understand the struggles, pressures and thoughts of a gay growing up and living in Singapore.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM OTTO FONG
I am Otto Fong. I have been teaching Science in Raffles Institution for the last eight years.
Being a teacher has been the most rewarding part of my professional life thus far. My students continue to amaze me daily with their wit, maturity, independent thinking and leadership. It is very fulfilling that I am a part of an institution that moulds the future generation of Singapore’s leaders.
Leaders are people who can rise above the tide of popular opinion, people who are guided by the conviction of rightness and justice and in being so guided, lead others towards that right path.
Read the rest of Otto Fong’s letter here>>>
Boo hoo… My 6-day MC from my tooth surgery ends today. So tomorrow is back to the “rat race” once again =p
BUT I’ve been blessed with the rest in God and had time to listen to Corrine May’s latest album- “Beautiful Seeds“. Actualy I’m not exactly a fan of hers because of her ‘husky’ voice, but her songs are soulful and has a way to touch a heart. It touched mine.
This picture of the urinal with a goal post with a ball was taken from STOMP who captured it during last year’s World Cup in Germany.
I thought this was innovative and brilliant! The floors would now be more dryer =p
What better method in ensuring a man aims as he takes a leak! Ha ha…
Do view this clip (below) from a US ‘live’ talkshow with comedian Bill Mahers which has him facilitating an exchanging of views among representatives from a Muslim, a Christian and an atheist on the documentary movie- Jesus Camp which was shown in our local cinemas recently.
I take my hat off to the US for their liberty and maturity in having such opened exchange over such issues. In Singapore, I think we have to wait for a very long long time for such talkshows to happen.
Jesus Camp is definitely a controversial piece of film that would even get us, Christians squirming.
But in my opinion, the set up of this exchange session had been planned from the very beginning to put the Christian faith in a bad light by the fact they conveniently seated a woman (Christian) among men with the host unshamingly ‘battering’ her with false accusation. This only limited her from being able to contribute appropriately in this exchange of views as she had to spend most of the time refuting those false claims.
If you (a Christian) were in Ms Sandy Rios’s position, how would you have responded for the Christian faith?
Feel free to share your comments.
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was interviewed by Malaysia’s fortnightly political tabloid Siasah on Aug 9. This is an extract from the interview published in the current issue of the tabloid
Recently it was featured in The Straits Times (dated Sep 5) . This ‘must-read’ interview provides a very insightful view on the love-hate relationship between Singapore and Malaysia.
SIASAH: The Iskandar Development Region (IDR) is a massive and expensive project that is said to be very beneficial especially to Johor in the long run. But various quarters – including you, Tengku Razaleigh, PAS members and international financial analysts based in Singapore – are sceptical about whether the project will run as smoothly as planned.
Tun Dr Mahathir: We can develop our territory anywhere we like. But the problem is Singapore’s involvement in this project. Why must there be a special joint ministerial committee to decide on the development in Malaysia?
Why must we depend so much on Singapore’s participation to develop the IDR? As we know, Singapore is not a good neighbour, and even if it agrees to be involved in the IDR, Singaporeans will eventually buy houses or factories and reside here.
Singapore reportedly has plans to increase its population to eight million to 10 million (sic), a large part of which will be imported from mainland China. As Singapore can only accommodate up to five million to six million, the rest of its population will probably be placed in the IDR….. (con’t)
Read the rest of this exclusive interview here>>>
Some time recently, I had a casual exchange with a friend over some Singapore’s socio-political issues.
Despite not coming to any common conclusion, but maybe one that was respectful of each other’s views. At least, the exchange helped to refine my motives and my reasoning towards such matters.
In general, I believe the majority of us take a passive or apathetic approach in regards to this. And not only do I think this is unhealthy for the future of our nation (from a human’s standpoint), but it is also not a correct approach to adopt from a biblical perspective.
For the reason that we (Christians), the Church, should not be confined by our four walls as we are in the world to serve as a ‘nerve’ to our society. Which means apart from Sundays, Mondays to Saturdays we are part of this world at our workplace, neighbourhood and family to be the “salt and light”.
And being a part in the world, the Church (not referring to the physical form/building) MUST BE in tune with the going-ons (which includes the likes of politics, socio-economic and international affairs which governs and influences our livelihood), the struggles, the needs and aspirations of the people around us, in order to love, reach and serve effectively for Jesus.
As the ‘nerve’, we serve by being the “voice of conscience”; to prick the conscience of our society by providing godly wisdom in a relevant manner that distinguishes the truth from the lies, and righteousness from evil.
Ultimately, our purpose is that the world may be ‘awaken’ to God and be reconciled to Him.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (NIV)
Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that God is please with you.
I was thinking affectionately of God as I was reflecting upon life and the challenges that laid before while waiting for my bus in the morning.
When suddenly I ‘saw’ an image of God’s (Jesus) face wearing a warm smile. And He was smiling down at me!
From my inner voice, I heard these words to me: “My child, I am pleased with you.”
Wow… nothing gives me a better kick than to put a smile on His Face with all that I am and with all that I do for Him.
Daddy God, I love You =)
The Global Leadership Summit 2007 is here!!! Read about it here>>>
Led by Christian leader Bill Hybels from Willow Creek Community Church with the likes of Collin Powell, who was U.S. Secretary of State (2001-2005) and many other prominient Christian leaders from diverse backgrounds in the marketplace to share their invaluable insights to advance Christdom in Singapore on 8-9 November, this is most definitely going to be a pulsating gathering to be part of!
There is a special price for those registering in a group of 6 at $750. Let me know if you are interested by 30 Septmeber k??? =)