After a month of researching and upgrading my knowledge and use of open source software such as WordPress and Joomla!, and hunting for the best deal and platform for domains and web hosting, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve effectively soft-launched a new website (along with migrating of this blog) @ http://www.skillfulshepherds.org. It’s only skeletal at this stage, but basically functional. Do bear with me as I get it up and running, fully operational hopefully by the end of the month. You can find all my old posts intact @ http://www.skillfulshepherds.org/blog. Thank you so much for your support, readership, and partnership in the gospel and Christian ministry. Looking forward to more interactions and dialogue, web partnerships and friendships formed and forged. To God be the glory!
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Lucado, Max. Fearless. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009.
As the title suggests, this book explores various key fears one faces in life, as related to our relationship with God, people, ourselves and the world around us. The author takes us through 15 chapters, beginning with the fundamental issues and on a personal level, such as significance, approval, and sufficiency. He then takes us through broader areas of family, challenges, situations, violence, money, death, before ending with a few chapters on existential issues such as the future, reality of God, global disaster, and the magnitude of God. There’s a good discussion guide for each chapter that’s concise but also substantial enough for personal reflection or small group discussion, each with the same format of examining, exposing and battling fear.
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I had the privilege of attending this year’s Go4th missions conference with my wife. 9 years ago, we attended the first ever Go4th in Aug 2002, and were challenged, convicted and inspired by the likes of George Verwer (Founder, OM) and Bob Sjogren (Cat and Dog Theology). This year was the first time we had gone back, held every 3 years, its 4th run this round.
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The 4th Go4th National Missions Conference is back, this time from 26-28 May 2011 @ Singapore Expo. This year’s theme is “Beyond Going Places”. The workshops this year has multiple tracks, including “Raising the 4/14 Generation” and “Riding the Wave of Natural Disasters”. Register at their website today! Join their Facebook page here as well.
As mentioned in a previous post, this year’s General Elections (GE) was the first time since turning 21 that I was eligible to vote, so naturally I was rather excited and more interested in keeping up with the news and events of the GE. I watched the news coverage on TV, I monitored the online broadcasts and debates, I read the opposition manifestos on their websites, I even attended an opposition rally to witness firsthand being in the thick of things, listening and seeing for myself the opposition team that was contesting my area, Sembawang GRC, and observing the crowd reactions and public sentiments regarding our ruling party, the PAP. Overall, it was a new and refreshing experience for me and my wife and here are some notes on what I learnt from the whole episode.
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I’m in the midst of migrating my blog over to WordPress. Do visit my new URL @ http://skillfulshepherds.wordpress.com. All posts and comments are intact, just migrating blog server to accomodate future upgrading and enhancements. Thanks for your support and readership!
Watch Mike give up his reward of spending an afternoon with his mother (after 30 days away from home), and instead give his 6 opponents the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones, quoting Matt 22:39.
Message entitled “Stewardship” on Matt 25:14-30 given @ Youth Open Sun, 1 May.
I’m really quite excited with the upcoming General Elections 2011. For the first time in my life, I’m eligible to vote, as I’m under Sembawang GRC, which is being contested by SDP this time round (in fact, 82 out of 87 seats, compared to 2006, 47 out of 84, and 2001, 29 out of 84). For the previous 2 elections, I was living in Novena under Tanglin-Cairnhill, which has been moved around from being a SMC, to part of Kreta Ayer-Tanglin, then now Tanjong Pagar GRC (which has never been contested, even this round, when the opposition team missed the submission deadline by 35 seconds!).
One of my schoolmates is even running under WP for East Coast GRC. You can find out more about him, Gerald Giam, at his socio-political blog here.
Blogpastor has written an excellent and succint summary of key issues to consider as Christians when voting in our General Elections. You can read it here.