For Chinese and Indians in Singapore, the main deities worshiped are Mazu (Taoist), Guanyin (Buddhist) and Murugan (Hindu) and their worship is deeply ingrained in our culture even when we convert to Christianity. Mazu and Guanyin Mazu is the goddess of protection at sea and Guanyin is the goddess of mercy, both aspects of the … Continue reading Taoist/Hindu Christianity
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket … Continue reading Grief and Resurrection
So it's Ash Wednesday, one of my morbidly favourite Christian festivals of all. So, I thought I'd write something short on fasting. (Yes, I know my blogposts are never short, but let me lie to myself.) "Moreover, do not let your fasting be with the hypocrites. For they fast on the second and fifth day … Continue reading Ashes to Ashes
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This one is more of in reaction to my family members, all Roman Catholic, who constantly talk about how they don't like Christians and would never go to a Christian church... because they are Catholic. Part 1: We Are Christian! So... I want to be Christian and I want to learn how, what does that … Continue reading What is a Christian?
I've been really out of the mood to write, cos I'm struggling a lot with just practicing what I know is true. It's difficult to know whether I'm lacking discipline, or rationalising a failed strategy by forcing it to work. And really, it comes down to one thing: Listening. (So I don't really know where … Continue reading In Order to Teach, Listen.
Link to "Relationship Regulation Theory: Communal Sharing" by Daniel Bonevac Very interesting model for negotiating relationships. Seems to me like this is the Philosophical basis for Law and Justice. These is my list from least to most intimate: 1. Market Pricing 2. Authority Ranking 3. Equality Matching 4. Communal Sharing It's important to know which … Continue reading Tool: Relationship Regulation Theory
“That was what we were taught – the lower classes smell. And here, obviously, you are at an impassable barrier. For no feeling of like or dislike is quite so fundamental as a physical feeling. Race hatred, religious hatred, differences of education, of temperament, of intellect, even differences of moral code, can be got over, … Continue reading Dignity in Charity