Columns

  • Truth vs tyranny

    Jan 16, 2021

    Recent events at home and abroad have highlighted the worrying situation, not only with the pandemic.

  • What is love asking of us now?

    Jan 15, 2021

    “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do” (Anne Lamott).

  • Precarious economic times – Jesus would have been familiar with that

    Jan 09, 2021

    Capernaum sits north of the Sea of Galilee, which is 21km long and 13km wide – actually a fresh-water lake ideal for fishing. It was along the shores here that Jesus spent much time during his ministry, with Capernaum as a primary base. Up to seven of his apostles may have been fishers.

  • What is your practice?

    Jan 09, 2021

    These are good questions and the prayer practices they refer to are good practices; but I take issue with one thing. The tendency here is to identify the essence of one’s discipleship and religious observance with a single explicit prayer practice, and that can be reductionist and simplistic. Discipleship is about more than one prayer practice.

  • Living Water in the House of Bread

    Dec 24, 2020

    In the year 2000, I thought it would be an opportune time to visit the Holy Land, and especially Bethlehem for Christmas to see what it was like two m

  • Christmas as shattering the containers of our expectations

    Dec 24, 2020

    Funny how God invariably shatters the containers of our expectations. We have a notion of how God should act and God ends up acting in a way that shat

  • Ten km apart – A world of difference

    Dec 20, 2020

    After all, the pandemic has taken a toll on the world and the economy has slumped. Many people are unemployed and suffering. Federal debt and exposure to liability has reached a mind-boggling RM1.3 trillion.

  • The illusion of invulnerability

    Dec 19, 2020

    Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s a pious axiom that doesn’t always hold up. Sometimes the bad time comes and we don’t learn anything. Hopefully this present bad time, COVID-19, will teach us something and make us stronger.

  • 2020 was a year like no other for Malaysia

    Dec 13, 2020

    A few years before the public intellectual Rustam Sani passed away in 2008, I met him in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

  • From St Tarcisius to People magazine: our evolution in admiration and imitation

    Dec 12, 2020

    As legend (or truth) has it, Tarcisius was a twelve-year-old acolyte during the time of the early Christian persecutions.