The Older Sibling: Part 2

The big sentiment that is popularly held among Christians is the New Testament (though not of it’s choice) championing over its older sibling because of its generous supply of God’s grace and the lack of it in the Old Testament. While I do not view the New Testament as superior to its predecessor, I do experience difficulty in capturing the grace of God in the Old Testament, as it is often not explicitly mention in the English language. However, in our devotional journey with the Torah, my fellow colleagues and I have seen God’s grace generously splattered across the five books, proving that the above sentiment is nothing more than a fallacy.Continue reading “The Older Sibling: Part 2”

The Older Sibling: Part 1

The Old Testament has always been the least favored of the two testaments. Christians, preachers and churches behaved like parents showing outright favoritism to a child and justifying their actions by citing the child’s supremacy over his or her sibling, when they champion the New Testament and neglect the “older sibling”. As such, the Torah being part of the old also suffers from this neglect. However, my colleagues and I, who began our devotional journey with the Torah more than a year ago and are now halfway through Deuteronomy, have sieved from our learning that the features that the New Testament boasts of are not uniquely exclusive but can also be found in the Old Testament as exemplified by the Torah.Continue reading “The Older Sibling: Part 1”

Four Funerals

Over the weekend, I had an encounter with four funeral wakes. It started on Saturday morning with a drive to Ang Mo Kio town where I was looking for block 213, the wake’s exact location. It is common and convenient in Singapore for wakes to be organized at the ground level (known as void decks) of the nation’s most “iconic” architecture – the government flats built by the Housing Development Board. Also, it is not difficult to spot a funeral wake as it comes with distinctive decorations that tell the nature of the ceremony.Continue reading “Four Funerals”