John 8:6-7

They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Emphasis, mine.

Better to read the whole chapter in context.

Anyway, hence,  I remain silent. Deadly silent.

An early concept and scripting meeting, April 2013

An early concept and scripting meeting, April 2013

The production staged by our church, “Home for Christmas” is over. Tons of people put in A LOT of work. Sound, set design, make-up, costume, technical crew, videographers, photographers, production, musicians, ushers, intercessors, actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, logistics, janitors, publicity, project management, catering, pastoral team, etc. The list is not comprehensive and goes on. Every person deserves full credit for the entire production.

But I wanted to write this for my team of writers (2 of them was part of the cast as well).

To the writing team, my heartfelt thank you.  It was genuinely exciting for me to work with a team – second time with Christine. I loved how you each put in a little of yourself to transform true-life stories and dramatise it. Each dramatisation is unique and could only have been written by you. I can now see the next generation of creators/writers coming up in our church. That’s so cool.

As writers, we are involved early in the runway to the actual production.  The work at the beginning is hence ambiguous. We are after all, starting with a blank slate. The task was not always clear, tweaks had to be made through the process but you all took it in your stride. There were times when I was strapped for time and you guys stepped up. Thank you so very much.

You juggled with 26 letters and a fistful of punctuation marks to create magic. Most importantly, you trusted God.

Besides the writing team, I want to thank all those who made the script sparkle – Joan and Yane for adjusting scripts while I was away in India. And of course, the actors for the fabulous delivery and immaculately time ad-libs.

Productions are amazing for me. No one person can take credit – but God alone. So, thank you Lord.

Let me end with one more feedback I heard today (for all, not just the writing team).

“Thank you Chris for the ticket. I am so glad that I came to the Christmas service tonight. I feel that this is the best Christmas service that I have ever been. It was so touching till I shed so much tears…”

Blessed Christmas all.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. Matthew 2:10

Kong Hee has gone viral. My take? Not enough context and I exercise Matthew 7:1 for myself.

When I read today’s papers, that is the Sunday Times of 28 February 2010, I was very pleased to read the article about the Ramakrishnan Mission and the Bartley Christian Church. The past weeks have seen a series of articles focusing on the intolerance of certain Christian groups. It was a breath of fresh air to read this article.

In a nutshell what happened was that Bartley Christian church opened a new church building this weekend and the car park is not big enough to accommodate the entire congregation. So what Ramakrishna mission did, which is a Hindu charitable outfit, was to offer their car park to churchgoers on Sundays. Nice.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is the Philippians 4:8. The New King James Version reads:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things”.

I’ve added the emphasis above to highlight the things I am supposed to dwell on.  Ramakrishna Mission’s act was certainly noble, lovely and of good report.

Even though I’m not from the Bartley Christian church, as a Christian, I want to say a big thank you to Ramakrishna mission for your hospitality, grace, and kindness.