Columns

  • ‘Business as usual’ — or end of the neoliberal era?

    May 24, 2020

    One thing’s for sure – at least in the shortrun. The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a great deal of upheaval. Tragically, many have lost their jobs, and new jobs will be scarce.

  • Facing our tough hours

    May 24, 2020

    At the very moment that Jesus was facing a humiliating death by crucifixion, the Gospel of John hints that he was offered an opportunity to escape.

  • The Great Realisation, The Great Awakening

    May 17, 2020

    Some time ago, there were two long-established car tyre shops near my place operating right next to each other.

  • Leaving peace behind as our farewell gift

    May 17, 2020

    There is such a thing as a good death, a clean one, a death that, however sad, leaves behind a sense of peace. I have been witness to it many times. Sometimes this is recognised explicitly when someone dies, sometimes unconsciously. It is known by its fruit.

  • A chilling lesson from the 1930s

    May 10, 2020

    In the late 1930s, my grandmother — she was then just a young mother — suffered from tuberculosis. This was a major health concern in that era.

  • 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.