Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

After a long life and a very long reign in modern human terms, Queen Elizabeth II died yesterday. She was a figurehead not just throughout the British Commonwealth, but across the world. By all accounts, she was a diligent and honourable woman, holding her post with distinction. In recent decades, she had also been the… Continue reading Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Easter 2020

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

This Easter, we find ourselves in the middle of the worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Perhaps now more than ever, in the past few years at least, many people are thinking seriously about life and death, and eternity. The risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is real, and we need to take the appropriate precautions to… Continue reading Easter 2020

Easter 2019

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

“Why are you here?” A short, simple question, but one that can be read in a few different ways. I would guess that most people have, at some point, asked themselves this question at the deepest, most profound level—”why do I exist?” The Westminster Shorter Catechism begins with a question-answer pair that addresses this question,… Continue reading Easter 2019

The acid test

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

It appears that two Australian politicians, Bernard (Bernie) Finn MLC and Craig Ondarchie MLC, have earned public criticism for themselves and their political party by calling on pairing arrangements to excuse themselves from the Victorian Parliament on religious grounds (due to Good Friday, just a few days ago)—only to then return and vote on an issue (to… Continue reading The acid test

Easter 2018

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

Today is another Easter, the day in the Western calendar that traditionally marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This year, Easter falls on the first day of April, which is also in the Western calendar as April Fools’ Day. There are, no doubt, some people who would see a certain irony in… Continue reading Easter 2018

Easter 2017

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

Many people would probably consider the Bible to be a largely historical book. Depending on their particular point of view, they might also consider it to be a largely (or wholly) mythical book. But what does the Bible say about itself? There are many verses on that subject, but today, a day on which we traditionally remember Christ’s… Continue reading Easter 2017

Easter 2016

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

I happened to be visiting a primary school recently and, it being a secular school, the teacher’s message about Easter was designed to be as neutral as possible. I was actually (somewhat pleasantly) surprised by how respectful the teacher was towards Christian beliefs, given the secular context. I have witnessed or been involved in some… Continue reading Easter 2016

Easter 2015

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power… Continue reading Easter 2015