Columns

  • Fever

    May 10, 2020

    Deep down we already know this, but as a personal truth, this is not something we appropriate in a classroom, from parents or mentors, or even from religious teaching.

  • Solidarity with the Earth, solidarity with the vulnerable

    May 03, 2020

    The acclaimed public intellectual Noam Chomsky has often said that there are two crises facing humanity: the threat of nuclear war and the threat of climate change.

  • God and the principle of non-contradiction

    May 03, 2020

    It is funny where the lessons of our classrooms are sometimes understood.

  • Majestic, mystical trees at the heart of scripture

    Apr 26, 2020

    Trees are such majestic, mysterious, living things. Walking through a forest can fill you with awe – there is something almost mystical about being surrounded by soaring trees enveloping you while reaching out to the heavens.

  • Churches as field hospitals

    Apr 26, 2020

    Our churches need to be diagnostic; they need to name the present moment in a prophetic way. But that calls for a courage that, right now, seems lacking, derailed by fear and ideology.

  • Easter and the mustard seed

    Apr 19, 2020

    Easter shows us that metaphor of the mustard seed was not an idle parable but a story that revealed our potential to transform the world into a new creation.

  • Huge stones and locked doors

    Apr 17, 2020

    Soren Kierkegaard once wrote that the Gospel text he strongly identified with is the account of the disciples, after the death of Jesus, locking themselves into an upper room in fear and then experiencing Jesus coming through the locked doors to bestow peace on them.

  • Resurrection — A new world beckons, but what kind of world?

    Apr 11, 2020

    This year, we celebrate Easter amid the extraordinary circumstances of triple crises: a political crisis, an economic crisis and the ongoing pandemic.

  • The meaning of Jesus’ death

    Apr 11, 2020

    Jesus’ death washes everything clean, including our ignorance and sin. That’s the clear message from Luke’s account of his death. As we know, we have four Gospels, each with its own take on the passion and death of Jesus.

  • The Gods that many worshipped have fallen

    Apr 04, 2020

    The gods of humanity had created in the chase for wealth and power have fallen. Perhaps it is time for the musicians and poets, philosophers and dreamers to take over from the celebrities and sports billionaires and the tycoons in cahoots with elite politicians. Maybe that would lead to a happier, more harmonious world.