New Book – Matthew: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary

EAST warmly congratulates Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok, our Resident Faculty, on the recent publication of Matthew: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary (Asia Bible Commentary Series) which she co-authors with Dr Samson Liao Uytanlet, a faculty member of the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines .

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Lessons of the Head, Heart, and Hands

Michael Tien Teaching Bible Study Methods in Mongolia


“Lessons of the Head, Heart, and Hands”

Dr Michael Tien | 16 October 2017

When his senior pastor encouraged him to enrol for a Master of Divinity program in 2013, Dr Michael Tien, 53, thought that it would just be a time to gain HEAD knowledge in class. But God’s agenda for him, the former church elder discovered, also includes developing his HEART for God and people, and training his HANDS for ministry.”Some of the most important lessons I learned were through the mentoring groups times with faculty and classmates, and the 20-day ministry internship in Mongolia,” says the father of three.

Surprisingly, when asked which class has impressed him the most, the CEO of a family-owned SME business and Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 (a Rotary-ASME Award) shares that it is “Christian Leadership Foundations.” “Through it, God showed me how to realign my priorities for Him and people,” he says, “and create margin–pause time between activities–everyday, so that i may be 100% there wherever I am placed, and bear fruit.”

Michael’s passion is to reach out to and equip entrepreneurs for Christ, especially in East Asia.

Michael (centre) and team on horseback in the nomadic tradition of the Mongols

Watch a video of Michael and his team experiencing sandstorm and other adventures whilst in Mongolia for ministry internship.

For more details about holistic equipping programs geared for Christian workers and leaders, please email or call 6291-9744 ext 181. Read more about the “head, heart, hands” approach to equipping at EAST here.


The “Hidden Hero”

An EAST student who is also a medical doctor was recently featured in a new reality programme “Oh My Heroes!” on Singapore Mediacorp’s Channel 8. The first episode featured Dr Kwek Liling (MAICS student) and was aired on 10 October 2017. A colorectal surgeon, she regularly visited her elderly patients at their homes and cared for them, provided voluntary medical services at free clinics for migrant workers, and travelled overseas to economically needy areas and gave medical care to the residents. See the video below for the above episode (in Chinese, with English subtitles).

According to Mediacorp, the Chinese language programme seeks “to discover the hidden heroes who are secretly helping the needy and doing a part for charity without asking for anything in return … and willing to go an extra mile for people whom aren’t related to them.” The program airs every Tuesday, 8.00 pm, on Channel 8.


To show the English subtitles, click the Settings (gear icon) and select English as the Subtitle Language.

Picture taken off video from:, © 2017 Mediacorp Pte Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Justice and the Common Good

The ETHOS Public Conference 2017 was held at Trinity Theological College on Saturday, 30 September 2017. The theme was “Justice and the Common Good” with seven seminaries in Singapore partnering together for the conference. There were four speakers from these seminaries covering the biblical framework for justice and three other topics on immigration, ecology, and human rights–all for the “common good.”

(L to R) Dr Richard Goetz (holding microphone), Dr Fong Choon Sam, Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok, Dr Philip Satterthwaite, and Dr Roland Chia


Dr Philip Satterthwaite, principal of the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST), gave the opening session on the “Biblical Perspective of Justice and the Common Good.” This was followed by Dr Fong Choon Sam, Dean of Academic Studies at Baptist Theological Seminary (BTS), addressing the issue of “Justice and Immigration.” Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok, EAST resident faculty who teaches inter-cultural studies, spoke on “Justice and the Ecological Crisis.” Finally, Dr Richard Goetz, a professor of theology at TCA College, gave “A Critical Evaluation Of The Nature, Origin And Basis Of Human Rights In Light Of Individualism, Social Responsibility And The Common Good.”

After each speaker has spoken, the speaker fielded questions from the audience. There were pastoral responses and panel discussions too. Dr Roland Chia was the moderator for the conference.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Winkler.

The 5 Things – 五件事

Would you like to know the five things needed for success in ministry? 


Ms Holly Sheldon, the speaker, said: “5 things to help you think through your unique gifts and talents, how to involve yourself in meaningful community, and ways you can make God known wherever He may lead you. It is definitely a process, but if you are fully surrendered to Christ and apply these things, you will have significant impact both now and in the years to come.”

Come, watch the 6 min. video on how to do so. More resources by Cru Campus on living missionally may be found here

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