Logan: God, Faith, and Eden; a Christian’s reflection on the film
Haunting, aching, beautiful, this super(anti)hero film lingered on long after I left the cinema. So profound is its impact that instead of an exegesis of a Bible passage, I decided to exegete the film for a devotional sharing. Allow me to muse aloud awhile. (SPOILERS ABOUND.)
A writer friend wanted some clarification on the proposed changes to Singapore’s Copyright Law. Yes, the Singapore Government is proposing changes and these have impact on many of us, whether professional or amateur creatives; whether a blogger, a novelist, a song writer, a performer, a film maker, a teacher, or a visual artist, etc.
Advocating for Survivors of ISIS’s Genocide of Christians and Yzidis in Syria and Comforting the Oppressed and Trafficked in the Middle East
This short film tells the stories of many Syrian Christians who watched their loved ones tortured and killed at the hands of men who hated their religion and their God. The martyrs were unfazed at the hands of their tormentors. “I am blessed because I am persecuted for my Yeshua,” cried a lady who was tied to a pole in the middle of the street in Aleppo, spat on and punched day after day. A man was crucified in the city, having the glory to die in the same manner as his own saviour. These were the stories I heard tonight from Jacqueline and Yvette Isaac, a mother-daughter team of Egyptian Christians who started Roads of Success, a humanitarian NGO which provides support and care to the downtrodden and oppressed, and advocates for those whose stories have been suppressed.
The past 9 days 8 nights have forever changed my life, and will probably also change the course of the world. 1,300 participants from 160 nations gathered in Indonesia for the Lausanne Movement’s Young Leaders Gathering 2016.
I had the privilege of being featured in the Guinness x Humans of Singapore, Men of Singapore book recently. And the bros deejays on ONE FM 91.3 interviewed two of us featured in the book, Enoch Teo and myself. The good lads from ONE FM asked what advice I had for young Singaporeans. This was what I said:
“I don’t think I have the standing to give any advice to anyone.
But I guess if I have any advice for myself, it would be this. Be secure in your identity. Be strong in convictions. Be humble in heart and mind. Be giving always. For in laying your life down for others, there you will find your life.”
Yesterday was the last day of my employment with Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.
Today, I’ll be joining a new firm Covenant Chambers LLC, as a self-employed lawyer, without fixed income, building my own legal practice, finding and relating to my own clients, serving the rich and the poor the man on the street and the SMEs, doing pro bono and paid work; I seek to pursue justice and peace with as much integrity as I can have, empathy as I can muster, and dedication I can afford.
Why did I do this? Because I sensed this to be my calling this season. I am pursuing a motivation not rooted in money but autonomy, growth and purpose as a lawyer, as an advocate and as a counsellor.
Here’s the view from my new office, and here’s to new horizons.