Columns

  • 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

  • What we haven’t got right about sex

    Apr 12, 2019

    Several years ago, in the question and answer period after a public lecture, a rather disgruntled young man asked me a question that carried with it a bit of attitude: “You seem to write a lot about sex,” he said, “do you have a particular problem with it?” My lecture had been on God’s mercy and had never mentioned sex so his question obviously had its own agenda.

  • Another look at Pilate washing his hands

    Apr 12, 2019

    Leaders in our world today have an obligation to uphold the truth and justice, no matter what the pressure from the baying crowd out there is like. They cannot run away from responsibility in the face of clear injustice nor should they pass the buck to others.

  • But where are the others?

    Apr 05, 2019

    Most of us have been raised to believe that we have the right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate inheritance.