Lamenting as an Act of Faith

Photo: Kalie Stier Photography

“When Jeremy Chew’s wife passed away from an aggressive form of cervical cancer in August 2018, his world fell into darkness. … An Old Testament lecturer at the East Asia School of Theology, Chew had been teaching for years about the suffering of characters like Hannah and Job. Yet, it was only in his personal grief that the Biblical stories hit home,” wrote Gracia Lee of Jeremy’s journey of faith.

Read the moving testimony of an EAST alumnus and resident faculty, Dr Jeremy Chew, on the passing of his dear wife and its aftermath. He composes and sings songs in worship of our God through such season of lamenting as acts of renewed faith. He recently cut a Mandarin album with songs on human grief and God’s goodness. Selah.

You may read Gracia’s full article in Salt & Light here.


Season of Lent: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent which is 46 days away from Easter (or Resurrection) Sunday. In the Bible, the use of ashes symbolized the frailty of humanity, mourning, and repentance (e.g. Genesis 3:19; Job 42:5,6; Matthew 11:21). The season of Lent is a 40-day period, excluding Sundays, as a time of fasting, reflection, and repentance, and capped by celebration on Resurrection Sunday. The 40-day period is significant as it reflects Christ’s wilderness experience, where he fasted and was tempted by Satan. Christians see Lent as intentional setting aside of time for fasting, reflecting on and identifying with the life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Design: Blessed Ong

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Fear, Faith, and Coronavirus

Photo: Yahoo! News Singapore (LightRocket via Getty Images)


There is a state of fear in people of many countries – countries which are far from the epicentre of the 2019-nCoV epidemic (also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19) in Wuhan and Hubei Province, China. People scan the news media frequently (sometimes every few minutes) to see the latest tally of infected cases and death – as though one was following the Olympics medals tally. Fear is visceral and irrational, and some would rather believe the latest rumours or fake news than follow reputable websites or official announcements. Fear leads to mass hysteria, like hoarding of food and even toilet papers!

To deal with our fear of the outbreak, let us ask ourselves a few questions.

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To read the entire article by Dr Alex Tang, EAST Adjunct Faculty, click here. Thank you.


What is Love?

There’s a lot of confusion about the meaning of love these days. In some recent weddings, I’ve heard couples close their vows with the phrase, “as long as we both shall love.” That’s quite a shift from “as long as we both shall live.” Such a change moves marital commitments away from decisions of the will to decisions of the heart.

By defining love in almost exclusively emotional terms, popular culture has tended to ignore or even exclude any elements of truth, righteousness, and volition. This is dangerous for many reasons, first and foremost, because according to 1 John 4:8, God’s very essence is love. To misunderstand love, then, is to misunderstand God.

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Transforming Leadership (Evening Course)

LF511 Transforming Leadership (3 Credits)
9 January – 8 May 2020, Tuesdays, 7.00 pm-9.30 pm

Leadership is a passion and a calling.  A transformational servant-leader is one who is committed to and capable of bringing about spiritual change in organisations and individuals. This course examines the underlying theology of Transforming Leadership, and the skillset such a leader should possess in today’s world.


Chan Chong Hiok, DD, is an experienced leader – from being Country Director of Cru Singapore (more than ten years) to National Leader for East Asia (18 years) to President of EAST since 2011. He has a DD in Transformational Leadership from the International Graduate School of Leadership (Philippines).



Jonathan Yao, EdD Studies, has been a staff of Cru Singapore for 31 years. He has served with high school, university, evangelism and mission mobilisation, church-planting, operations, theological and leadership development ministries in Singapore and East Asia.




Liong Kwok Wai, MDiv,  joined Cru Singapore 20 years ago, has served as a leader on the campuses, and among church-planters and community leaders in Singapore and East Asia. He was also involved in training full-time Christian workers and leadership development.



Registration deadline is Thursday, 2 January 2020. You may register online or contact us for registration form.


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