Columns

  • Our grandiosity and our wounds

    Aug 09, 2019

    We wake up into life with the incurable sense that we’re special, that we’re the centre of the universe. And, subjectively, we are!

  • A visit to Ipoh reveals a bald truth

    Aug 02, 2019

    Ipoh is an under-rated city with hidden surprises, a rich heritage and some mouth-watering local delicacies such as salted chicken baked in rock salt, hor fun and special white coffee.

  • What does it mean “to be born again”?

    Aug 02, 2019

    Jesus tells him that he “must be born again from above”. Nicodemus takes this literally and protests that it’s impossible for a grown man to re-enter his mother’s womb so as to be born a second time.

  • Greed is good?

    Jul 26, 2019

    In the 1987 movie Wall Street, the fictional character Gordon Gekko, a “corporate psychopath”, said, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

  • God’s finger in our lives

    Jul 25, 2019

    The problem in the world and in the churches, Jim Wallis suggests, is that, perennially, conservatives get it wrong and liberals (over-reacting to conservatives) then don’t get it at all. Nowhere is this truer, I believe, than in how we discern the finger of God in the events of our lives.

  • Can the Earth survive without human beings?

    Jul 18, 2019

    “Global warming issues are stuffing the country here. The government is in denial and coal centric — wanting to burn and export it at a great rate.

  • Needed – particular kinds of saints

    Jul 18, 2019

    Simone Weil once commented that it’s not enough today to be merely a saint; rather, “we must have the saintliness demanded by the present moment.”

  • An important new book

    Jul 12, 2019

    Each year, I write a column sharing with readers the title and a brief synopsis of the ten books that touched me most that year.

  • Development for whom?

    Jul 12, 2019

    Wearing a white skull cap and beige baju Melayu, he showed me a six-point memo that the fishermen had couriered to the Department of the Environment in early June.

  • Climate change: An existential threat that demands action

    Jul 05, 2019

    France and Spain have recorded high temperatures as a heatwave blankets Europe, both countries going above 40C. Half a dozen people have died.