Columns

  • Who goes to hell and who doesn’t?

    May 18, 2019

    Hell is never a nasty surprise waiting for a basically happy person. Nor is it necessarily a predictable ending for an unhappy, bitter person. Can a h

  • Shared prosperity for all

    May 18, 2019

    Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “shared prosperity” agenda for 2030 could not have been more timely.

  • Beyond mysticism

    May 10, 2019

    “I’m a practisng mystic!” A woman said that in one of my classes some years ago and it raised lots of eyebrows. I was teaching a class in mysticism and asked the students why the topic of mysticism interested them.

  • Bread and fish: Thy will be done

    May 10, 2019

    The kingdom of God which Jesus proclaimed is so closely associated with food, even feasting and heavenly banquets.

  • Violence, peace and the nature of God

    May 03, 2019

    The appalling attacks on innocent people in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka shows us once again that violence is never far away from our modern-day civilisation.

  • Ascending, descending, and just keeping steady

    May 02, 2019

    Well there are different kinds of spiritualities: Spiritualities of the Ascent, Spiritualities of the Descent, and Spiritualities of Maintenance, and each is important.

  • And all manner of being shall be well

    Apr 26, 2019

    We are all, I suspect, familiar with the famous expression from Julian of Norwich, now an axiom in our language. She once famously wrote: In the end all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of being shall be well. To which Oscar Wilde is reported to have added: “And if it isn’t well, then it’s still not the end.”

  • Blaze at Notre Dame: Church’s mission goes beyond grand edifices

    Apr 26, 2019

    The April 15 fire that severely damaged the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris came as a shock to many all over the world. Many could only watch in horror as the blaze engulfed the Notre-Dame on Monday of Holy Week.

  • Our own Good Friday

    Apr 19, 2019

    When the Romans designed crucifixion as their means of capital punishment, they had more in mind than simply putting someone to death.

  • It is finished?

    Apr 19, 2019

    When Jesus was hanging on the cross, he uttered his last words: “It is finished”, “It is fulfilled” or “It is accomplished” — depending on which trans