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Fulfilling The Trust: 50 Years Of Shaping Muslim Religious Life In SingaporeFulfilling The Trust: 50 Years Of Shaping Muslim Religious Life In Singapore by Norshahril Saat (Ed.)

Muslims constitute about half a million or 15 percent of Singapore's multiracial and multireligious population. In 1968, the Singapore Parliament passed the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA), which led to the formation of Muis or the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore). The formation of Muis has brought about better administration of Muslim affairs in Singapore in meeting the religious needs of the Muslim community in areas like the issuance of fatwa (religious rulings), provision of halal food, management of haj (religious pilgrimage), collection and disbursement of zakat (charity tithe), running of madrasahs (religious schools) and having access to sound Islamic education. This is the first book that comprehensively studies the development of Muis' policies over the last 50 years since its founding in 1968. It offers an insight into the multi-faceted considerations and the overall context of the development of such policies, providing a wide-ranging and evaluative analyses of their evolution in the various work domains.

Bribery And Corruption: Biblical Reflections And Case Studies For The Marketplace In AsiaBribery And Corruption: Biblical Reflections And Case Studies For The Marketplace In Asia by Tan Soo-Inn (Ed.)

This short book is one attempt to respond to the need to help Christians in Asia find a biblical response to the real pressures they face in the marketplace. It takes seriously both the Scriptures and the context in which Asian Christians function. It begins with a theological framework for grappling with real-time problems, continues with responses from various theologians on the framework presented, and concludes with actual case studies from the marketplace. This second edition includes additional content.

Good News For Bruised Reeds - Walking With Same-Sex Attracted FriendsGood News For Bruised Reeds - Walking With Same-Sex Attracted Friends by Hor, Joanna; Ng Zhi-Wen & Bernice Tan Et Al (Eds.)

This book seeks to both encourage those who are serious about following Christ but who are struggling with same-sex attraction, and to challenge the church to lend a listening ear and a helping and welcoming hand. The stories in this book are told with pathos, honesty, and courage.

3-2-1: Following Jesus In Threes3-2-1: Following Jesus In Threes by Tan Soo-Inn

How can we practise the discipline of spiritual friendship in today's busy world? Popular author and preacher Soo-Inn Tan presents a highly doable model for spiritual friendship in this groundbreaking book. 3-2-1: Following Jesus in Threes seeks to explain both the whys and hows of 3-2-1 triads. This small book contains all you need to understand and practise a 3-2-1 approach to spiritual friendship.

Navigating Pull-Back Effects: Leading Growing Churches In The Midst Of Cultural ResistanceNavigating Pull-Back Effects: Leading Growing Churches In The Midst Of Cultural Resistance by Huan, Philipp

When a leader seeks to bring change in a church, there may be a "laden baggage"-a cultural resistance-that could pull back on leadership efforts and resist positive change. Many external leadership methods, while important and needful, often advocate pushing through the resistance, moving resistive elements to the periphery so that positive change can occur. Yet, such an approach alone may result in hurts and suppressed emotions which could inevitably return to haunt at a later stage. How may a leader lead differently, using internal leadership methods, to navigate cultural resistance in the hearts and minds of people? Philip seeks to share cultural resistances he has observed that often block positive leadership change. Through this book, Philip hopes to: Increase the awareness of church DNA/Cultural issues in a leadership setting; Share and recap the top five cultural resistances observed in churches; Provide a framework for navigating values in tension.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #21: Islam Nusantara As A Promising Response To Religious Intolerance And RadicalismTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #21: Islam Nusantara As A Promising Response To Religious Intolerance And Radicalism by Ahmad Najib Burhani

The Indonesian government has tried to defeat terrorist groups and uproot radicalism, both through military and cultural-ideological approaches. The recent attack at Mako Brimob Depok, West Java, and the bombing in Surabaya, East Java, however, have shown that radical Islam and terrorist groups are not defeated yet. The government has been supporting Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in promoting Islam Nusantara, widely believed to be the ideological antidote for radicalism and terrorism. Among Indonesian Muslims, including NU, Islam Nusantara has received varied responses and been met by resistance. The introduction of Islam Nusantara is further hampered by the attitude of some of its proponents who emphasize its exclusivity by identifying Islam Nusantara only with NU. Barring its current limits, Islam Nusantara has the potential to become an exceptional form of Islam or a template for tolerant Islam that can be emulated by Muslims in other parts of the world, especially in terms of its ability to accommodate local culture and multiculturalism.

In Spirit And In Truth: Thoughts On WorshipIn Spirit And In Truth: Thoughts On Worship by Solomon, Robert M.

Worshipping God is the highest and deepest human experience because we are made to worship the living God. We will find our greatest fulfilment when we worship Him, both on earth and in heaven. Yet there is much that can be improved in the way we worship personally and corporately. This book contains 59 short articles that provoke deeper thinking into Who we worship, how we ought to worship and what can be done to deepen our experience of worship. Many of the articles are written "on the slant"-like the parables, their message comes up on the reader obliquely. The book is written for pastors, worship leaders and teams, and for everyone who desires to worship God more deeply in spirit and in truth.

How The World Thinks: A Global History Of PhilosophyHow The World Thinks: A Global History Of Philosophy by Baggini, Julian

Julian Baggini travels the globe to provide a hugely wide-ranging map of human thought. He shows us how distinct branches of philosophy flowered simultaneously in China, India and Ancient Greece, growing from local myths and stories - and how contemporary cultural attitudes, with particular attention to the West, East Asia, the Muslim World and Africa, have developed out of the philosophical histories of their regions. Interviewing thinkers from all around the world, he asks why, for instance, do our European systems of governments and justice differ so widely from the East? Why can Islam not easily incorporate secular knowledge? How do we understand China? By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, the first step to greater understanding.

Buddhism Plain And Simple: The Practice Of Being Aware, Right Now, Every DayBuddhism Plain And Simple: The Practice Of Being Aware, Right Now, Every Day by Hagen, Steve

When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teachings in a single word he said awareness experiencing the whole of reality, seeing what is, and being entirely in the present. In this way, the mind is made free. In Buddhism Plain and Simple, Zen priest and long-time teacher Steve Hagen presents this heart of Buddhist teaching, pared down to its essence and explained in simple, everyday language. This best-selling beginner's guide to Buddhism text has served international readers at all levels of study and practice since it was originally published over a decade ago.

Genesis Genealogies, The: God's Administration In The History Of Redemption (New Revised Edition)Genesis Genealogies, The: God's Administration In The History Of Redemption (New Revised Edition) by Park, Abraham

A fundamental part of understanding one's ancestors is knowing when they were born, how long they lived, and when they died. Here in The Genesis Genealogies lies that crucial core information about the forebears of Christianity. Rev. Abraham Park has meticulously analyzed the information in The Book of Genesis. Taking the explicit date references in Genesis and performing math calculations forward and backward in time, he builds a complete chronological Biblical timeline from Adam to the Exodus, including the duration of construction of Noah's ark.

Way Of The Modern Warrior, The: Living The Samurai Ideal In The 21St CenturyWay Of The Modern Warrior, The: Living The Samurai Ideal In The 21St Century by Kaufman, Stephen

Learn how to apply bushido philosophy and long-standing samurai strategies to your modern-day practice - and lifestyle - in this guide from a former soldier and martial arts expert. This book provides an explanation of the samurai philosophy, or Bushido, of Japan's fiercest warriors, practiced for over 1,000 years. The author, Hanshi Stephen Kaufman, has been a warrior for 50 years, first as a member of the military, then as an advisor to the military, and finally as one of the world's most distinguished martial arts philosophers.

Building A Christ-Centred SelfBuilding A Christ-Centred Self by Su, Joshua Y J

The world calls us to improve and promote ourselves. Is this being self-exalting and selfish? But Scripture actually reveals that the human self has great honour and worth before the Lord. In Building a Christ-Centred Self, Bible teacher Dr Joshua Su shows you the difference between being self- and Christ-centred, and presents a path of self-development that grows from worship of the true and living God.

Jubilee And The Destiny Of Nations: Understanding The Lord's Jubilee For Singapore And BeyondJubilee And The Destiny Of Nations: Understanding The Lord's Jubilee For Singapore And Beyond by Thio, Li-Ann

Whether God judges a nation to be a sheep or goat nation depends on whether it is a righteous nation which fulfils God's plans for its destiny. How it treats Israel is key, as God promised Abraham He would bless/curse the nations that blessed/cursed Israel. In these last days before the Second Coming of Christ, the watchmen on the wall are commissioned to watch and pray. This book explores how the saints are to understand the times and to exercise their executive authority through prayer and prophetic intercession.

Outstanding Leader, The: How To Take Yourself, Others And The Kingdom ForwardOutstanding Leader, The: How To Take Yourself, Others And The Kingdom Forward by Foo, Daniel

God's great warriors were "mighty men of valour, chief leaders" (1 Chronicles 7:40). Today the Lord is calling us to be leaders of His kingdom-men and women who are reliable, effective and trustworthy. How do we become outstanding leaders He can use to take His people and His kingdom forward? Pastor Daniel Foo lays out a plan to help you become a successful and godly leader. In his clear and down-to-earth style, he shows you the scriptural keys to becoming a person God can use to bless others. You will learn how to identify with and step into the role God has ordained for you, draw on His strength to grow in confidence and overcome pitfalls, and defeat attacks that wear you down.

Justice And The Common GoodJustice And The Common Good by Satterthwaite, Philip Et Al

On 23 September 2017, the Ethos Institute for Public Christianity in collaboration with seven seminaries orgainzed a conference to reflect on these important issues especially as they relate to Singapore and the region. The papers presented at this conference, which now comprise this volume, address a wide range of issues including immigration, the ecological crisis and the question of human rights from the biblical and theological perspectives. It is hoped that their publication in the Ethos Engagement Series would extend the discussion of these important topics to the wider Christian community.

Seeking The Shalom Of The CitySeeking The Shalom Of The City by Kwa Kiem-Kiok

Christians are eager to respond to the call to seek the Shalom of the city today. While some ministries such as feeding the poor and environmental care seem obvious, Christians also need to see the various dimensions of the city such as its policies and culture which also shape the city. This book draws from a variety of sources to suggest ways that Christians can do good in these different aspects of city life. It is the biblical concept of Shalom - freedom, unity, wholeness and healing - which forms the overarching vision in this quest to make cities liveable.

Tao Te Ching: Lao Tzu - A Graphic NovelTao Te Ching: Lao Tzu - A Graphic Novel by Wilson, William Scott (Trans.)

This graphic-novel version of the Tao Te Ching-the poetic classic that is the philosophical and religious basis of Taoism-brings the teachings into a modern light in a completely fresh and unique way. Each of the 81 poem-passages of the Tao Te Ching is reinterpreted by award-winning graphic novel writer Sean Michael Wilson and brought to life by the artful illustrations of Hong Kong artist Cary Kwok, who sets the text in various contemporary scenes to bring out the modern relevance.

Complete Book Of Everyday Christianity, The: A Comprehensive Guide To Following Christ In Every Aspect Of LifeComplete Book Of Everyday Christianity, The: A Comprehensive Guide To Following Christ In Every Aspect Of Life by Banks, Robert; Paul R. Stevens (Eds.)

A lot has happened since The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity was first published in 1997 by IVP. We felt that for the book to be really useful for the reader today, we had to add a few critical articles. Some of them include climate change, global financial crisis, restorative justice, social media, and shame. Here, in one book, is the complete guide you need for every part of your life - family, money, relationships, job, church, entertainment and more. This sound, biblical handbook shows you how to resolve conflicts biblically, understand aging, find God in the ordinary aspects of life, work effectively with committees, discover the benefits of walking, choose the best radio stations to listen to, keep shopping under control, avoid pitfalls of grandparenting, think critically about movies, and much more.

Jesus: The Path To Human Flourishing - The Gospel For The Cultural ChineseJesus: The Path To Human Flourishing - The Gospel For The Cultural Chinese by I'ching Thomas

This book seeks to present the Gospel in a way that seamlessly corresponds with Confucius's ideals for humanity but with a realistic solution. In fact the uniqueness of one's culture and ethnicity is affirmed, as the Lord of Heaven is the Creator of all. There will be no identity dilemma - one can be a Chinese and a Christian with honor.

Dao Of Healing, The: Christian Perspectives On Chinese MedicineDao Of Healing, The: Christian Perspectives On Chinese Medicine by Pak-Wah Lai

The last 50 years have seen the popularity of Chinese medicine grow exponentially. In China, Korea, Japan and Singapore, Chinese medicine has been incorporated into their healthcare systems to varying degrees. In the West, it is no longer uncommon for patients to consult Chinese medicine doctors, many of whom are non-Chinese. However, among Christians in many parts of the developed world, Chinese medicine is still viewed with suspicion and negativity. Are these fears justified? How can we better understand the roots and practices of Chinese medicine? The Dao of Healing takes us on an in-depth exploration of the histories and philosophies that have shaped both Western biomedicine and Chinese medicine in order that we might make informed judgements about them.