Saturday, December 22, 2007

Times & Seasons (Chronos & Kairos)

Acts 1:7-8 and some special moments in Asian church history

SYNOPSIS: Is it possible to discern God's hand in human history? Can we learn lessons from church and missions history? Dr Ernest Chew discusses the relevance of the New Testament evangelist-historian Dr Luke's perspective in Acts 1:7-8 to our understanding of some critical kairos moments in Asian church history. He will focus on certain episodes and critical turning-points in the history of the church in China, India and Southeast Asia.

DATE: 29 February 2008 (Friday)
TIME: 8.00pm
PLACE: Banquet Hall, Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur
PRICE: RM 50 per dinner ticket

There are only limited places available for the Dinner Lecture. If you are interested, please contact Kairos Research Centre (Tel: 77265420 and email: to make reservations as soon as possible.


Dr Ernest C.T. Chew is Associate Professorial Fellow in the University Scholars Programme, National Unversity of Singapore. He holds the BA Honours and MA in History from the University of Singapore, and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Since 1970 he has lectured at the University of Singapore and then NUS in such areas as modern South and Southeast Asian history; imperial expansion, colonial administration, and decolonization; military and diplomatic history (including great military commanders, and the American way of war); and the history of Singapore.

He has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University (1974-75) and Cambridge University (1980-81), and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard and the Hoover Institution, Stanford, in 1988. He has also given lectures at the International House of Japan (1994), George Washington University (1996), and Gordon College (1998).

He is a past President of the International Association of Historians of Asia (1983-86), and a current Vice-President of the Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society. In Singapore, he has chaired advisory committees on history of the Ministry of Education, on oral history at the National Archives, and the Singapore History Museum Board; and is currently an Advisor of the National Heritage Board. He was awarded the PBM (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government in 1994.

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