Columns

  • Faith, fear and death

    Jun 13, 2019

    A common soldier dies without fear; Jesus died afraid. Iris Murdoch wrote those words which, I believe, help expose an oversimplistic notion we have o

  • Young people give us hope for change

    May 30, 2019

    On 24 May, some 1.8 million people in 2,350 cities from 125 countries across the world joined in a global climate strike to highlight the urgency of doing more to resolve the climate crisis.

  • The problem of poverty in the kingdom of God

    May 25, 2019

    Many others were living off these peasants and fisher-folk who toiled from dawn to dusk. Farmers’ land may have been seized when harvests were poor. I

  • Language, symbols and self-understanding

    May 25, 2019

    A reporter once asked two men at the construction site where a church was being built what each did for a living. The first man replied: “I’m a brickl

  • 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.