#253 sunday preaching on shattered dream

Last Sunday at St Andrews Cathedral 5pm service, the preacher asked, “What is the opposite of trust?” “I hope you will not answer ‘distrust’.” Was he condescending? Was he treating his congregation like his Sunday School kids?

Guess his answer? “Fear.” He was quite smug about his answer!

It’s a wonder why Christians do not fear God! Fear in this context has negative connotation. Often the word ‘fear’ used with God implies ‘reverence’.  If the opposite of trust is fear then, Christians rightly can question God and disbelieve all that written in the Bible. (I’m sure he will argue and excuse his way out on this.)

The preacher could have used ‘afraid of tomorrow; disquiet; anxiety; and so on…’ 

I went away wondering…what is the role of the pastor? His role is to bury, to marry, to visit the sick and to baptise. Does this mean he hasn’t the time to pray through when he was preparing his sermons?

Yesteryears, a pastor was able to take care of one congregation. Today a pastor has many paid helpers and there are more pastors to the number of congregations at St Andrews Cathedral.

There is the constant complaint that pastors have a lot to do. Does this mean he can be excused for his ill-chosen words? Can he be excused for his wooly sermons? He is called to preach God’s Word — a sermon at Sunday service is a fresh reminder for the congregation to lean on God throughout the week. Can the congregation members recall that he preached throughout the week?

He claimed he had shattered dreams but… The truth is shattered dream is relative in understanding as the intensity of one’s shattered dream differs from another…

Was he able to say he went through the same experiences that Job in the Old Testament went through? He made no direction to Job’s predicament at all.

What was he taught in homiletics during his theological or bible school days?

#87

Are Singaporeans living in a climate of fear?

There are rules and regulations one has to abide in every walks of life. In school, there are disciplines a student has to observe. At workplace, there are ethics, rules and regulations a worker or staff has to abide. Top and middle management have to ‘keep mum’ on whatever deals or forward thinking and blah, blah, blah. At home, depending on the kind of parents– ‘not to wash dirty linens in public places’. Every institution has its ‘boundaries and parameters’!

What is freedom of speech? Is freedom of speech not self-censorship? To say that will encourage and build…or freedom of speech means we can say anything…even to the extent of ‘murdering’ — pardon me slandering another and behave like some immature and spoilt brats?

Why are there no credible opposition parties in Singapore?

JB Jeyeratnam in his eighties is on news that he will run the opposition camp. My question is what has he constructively contributed or build up to show in his community or wherever he is in? Is he one of those who talk…talk…talk…and nothing concrete to back up his credential or contribution?

The best and most credible opposition party member I know of — Mr Chiam See Tong. I respect this gentleman for sticking his guts all those years and for his Potong Pasir constituency who stood by him. The dwellers suffered to a measure in terms of ‘being provided for or entitled to or rights’ as citizens. This is one flaw of the ruling party — punished the constituency for not voting them in.

Is this not life? The survival of the fittest?

Do we know how to beat a given situation with prudence and wisdom?