ABCs of Handling Zoom Fatigue (Part 3)

 

Above is part three of our “Zoom Relief Tips” collated by Dr Lau Ying Kheng. There are three parts to these tips:

A – Ask how everyone is doing before you begin a Zoom session.

B – Build in screen breaks intentionally. (Take screen breaks every 30 minutes – even for 3 minutes.)

C – Cultivate healthy habits.

To review part 2 of the Zoom Relief Tips go here! For part 1 of more tips, go here!

Finding our Identity

 

Have you thought about what defines you?

Is it the size of your house? Or your grades in school? Maybe it’s how many friends you have, or even something like how well you play an instrument or sport.

In the video above, Dr Alex Tang examines Jesus’ identity in the Gospel of John and what it means for Christians. When Jesus was repeatedly asked who He was, He had a common response: “I am”.

As we start to turn to the Lord with the question of our identity, we find that He doesn’t really define us by how much we have, our achievements, or what others think of us.

Go ahead and ask Jesus, “What do You think of me? What do You really see in me?” You might be surprised at what He says =)

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Christian Freedom

 

After Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, many still held fast to the Old Testament laws. In Galatians chapter 5, Paul is telling his listeners that there is no longer a need to be justified by the law since Jesus’ death is sufficient for our salvation.

This great news, however, does come with new instructions.

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EAST: A community you can count on

All students and alumni at EAST have a community they can count on to pray for them and walk together through challenging seasons of life and ministry. The peers, faculty and staff within each Mentoring Group are your friends, intercessors, encouragers and pillars of strong support through your learning journey.

The warmth of the community is present even in classes and the school library! There is always someone looking out for you, as long as you are a part of EAST.

You may not remember all your lessons in the classroom, but you’ll remember your mentors and friends who shared their lives with you at EAST. Your EAST family walks with you for the long run.

Shalom, and the Lord lead you to a community you can count on.

 

Photograph courtesy of Saw Ta Eh Gay.

Book Review: Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes

Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission

Review: Wu, Jackson. 2019. Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic Press.

Eastern culture is a high context culture. What this usually means is that Eastern culture is very relational and communal, often described by the honor-shame framework. Within this framework, people in the East interacts with one another through the context of ‘face’ which is reciprocal and debt relationships within a power structure of hierarchy, loyalty, sacrifice, ascribed and achieved honor, and shame. This is often contrasted to the Western guilt-innocence framework. Jackson Wu (not his real name), a Westerner who have lived two decades in East Asia, examined Paul’s message and mission in Romans through the Eastern honor-shame framework. Jackson seek to find “[h]ow did Paul’s theology serve the purpose of his mission within an honor-shame context?” (p.3).

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