Overcoming Gatsby’s Crisis

By Sheryl Tay, Singapore Jay Gatsby had an identity crisis. Sure, his perseverance was admirable, but his efforts were aimed at pleasing multiple characters in his life. Yes, he did become Jay Gatsby—his ideal persona (his real name was James Gatz), but he did so by engaging in corruption. Yes, he did become Daisy’s lover, […]

Social Media Fuels Our Discontent?

By Lau Jue Hua, Singapore Apparently, Facebook could make you feel discontented with your life. Researchers from two German universities surveyed 600 students regarding their feelings after using Facebook. More than one-third of the respondents feel worse after visiting friends’ pages. They cited predominantly negative feelings of anger, exhaustion, frustration, and irritation. Thirty percent considered […]

Book Review: I KISSED DATING GOODBYE by Joshua Harris

By Priskila Dewi Setyawan, Indonesia The book I Kissed Dating Goodbye discusses biblical perspectives on relationships that honor the Lord. If we adopt a wrong attitude toward relationships, God will not be pleased. Engaging in frivolous and one-off relationships with random people can seem adventurous and maybe even fun to some, but the Bible clearly […]

Is it ok for a Christian to party?

Whether or not Christians can “party” depends on what you mean by the term. To some people, “partying” might mean relaxing with a group of friends or celebrating special occasions with one another. This may include games, food and drink, and music. It would be characterized by good clean fun. To other people, “partying” may […]

Responding to Crisis

By Rachel Ang, Singapore It is not ordinary to wake up to the sound of bullets in the streets or see burnt buildings tossing billows of smoke skyward. It is not ordinary that bloodstains smear the very roads that lead to schools or workplaces. It is not ordinary for peace rallies to turn into violent […]

Just Entertainment?

By Dan Vander Lugt Today there are an astonishing number of movies in the genre of horror. A large proportion of the DVDs for rent in an average “family” video store are horror movies. The advance of computer-generated effects and digital photography has exponentially enhanced the ability of filmmakers to produce horrific special effects. But […]

No More Than That

By Megan Low, Singapore In a classically professional method of preparing him for the journey ahead, Bilbo Baggins is presented with a contract listing the responsibilities required of him by the traveling party. Nothing short of heroism is desired from him. But along the journey, Thorin Oakenshield the exiled dwarf king is convinced that their […]