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Sherman Ng

Freedom

"Freedom without Order is anarchy. Order without Freedom is slavery." ~ Jonathan Sacks -- I am enjoying Jonathan Sacks' book on "Covenant & Conversations" as this statement jumps out. Life is often a balance of ease and tension. Authoritative parents often lead to rebellious children, and permissive parenting usually leads...
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Substance Over Form

"Substance over form in accounting refers to a concept that transactions recorded in the financial statements and accompanying company disclosures must reflect their economic substance rather than their legal form." In other words, if a company sells $1m worth of products and services but receives $100k in commission, it should...
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Raison d’être

Raison d'être is French for "The reason for being". This thought came to me when I was in the gym this morning. We humans are so complex that the Creator God who created us must have made us for a purpose. We most definitely are not designed to be pedestrian...
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What Is Legal Might Not Be Ethical

"Legality means an act is in accordance with the law. Ethics is about concepts of right and wrong behaviour. Some actions may be legal but, in some people's opinion, not ethical. For example, testing medicines on animals is legal in many countries, but some believe it is unethical." Source: respectforcopyright.org...
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Old “Whineskin”

"Whine" – complaining in an annoying way about something unimportant. ~ Collins Dictionary -- The topic of old and new wineskins emerged again in recent conversations among friends. This got me considering once again what new wineskins mean for our lives. Here's the scripture verse where it's featured in the...
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Present Presence

Following on from my previous post regarding how we teach, what has come to mind is the importance of presence and being present. -- Last week, we had a death in the family, and I had to rush to Kuala Lumpur with my wife and brother to be with my...
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How We Teach

"Some people teach to provide boundaries, others teach to bring freedom." ~ Dan McCollam -- I heard this quote the day after my wife and I were discussing with some friends how to communicate with people. As leaders on various fronts, we have an opportunity to interact with many and...
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The Issue of Faith

"Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists." ~ Blaise Pascal, French mathematician,...
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Oh Well, It’s Mental

Blog - Mental Health - Girl
Last weekend, I had a chance to share a meal with Dr. Tan Siang Yang, a retired professor of Psychology at the Fuller Seminary. We spoke about his life, from leaving Singapore when he was 18 to getting married to a Hong Kong-Canadian woman to settling in Pasadena, California. Expectedly, we...
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