Columns

  • Wednesdays with Pope Francis: Introduction to the Letter to the Galatians

    Nov 05, 2021

    The Galatians found themselves in a situation of crisis. What were they to do? To listen and follow what Paul had preached to them, or to listen to the new preachers who accused him? It is easy to imagine the state of uncertainty that filled their hearts.

  • The richest person in history — and speaking truth to power

    Oct 29, 2021

    Trying to identify the richest person in history is difficult, given a host of economic factors in different eras: the different levels of inflation, the fact that much wealth was held in land and precious metals, and varying currency values over time.

  • Beware of your inner circles

    Oct 29, 2021

    God breaks into our lives in important ways, mainly through “the stranger”, through what’s foreign, through what’s other, and through what sabotages our thinking and blows apart our calculated expectations.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms: The Psalms in the Church

    Oct 29, 2021

    The Psalms were not, at first, collected into a psalmody in the first two centuries, though they were read in the assemblies and interpreted in a Christian perspective. In the second century, they were used for apologetics and personal prayer.

  • Being a missionary in my own backyard

    Oct 22, 2021

    We all have titles that we identify with. Some we’ve earned, some were given to us. These titles grow and evolve, just as we do, often charting the course of our lives and the choices that come with it.

  • Permission to be sad

    Oct 22, 2021

    Today neither our culture nor our churches give us sufficient permission to be sad.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms: The scandal of belief

    Oct 22, 2021

    The relationship with the God of the covenant permeated every aspect of their lives.

  • What’s in a Quote … You ask?

    Oct 16, 2021

    “Come to me … I will give you rest” (Mt.11:28). How? “Ask … Seek …Knock at the door (Mt 7:7).

  • Immigration – Then and Now

    Oct 15, 2021

    Today, we, former immigrants ourselves, are beginning (at least a little) to understand what the indigenous peoples must have felt when we showed up, uninvited, on their shores.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms: The Hound of Heaven

    Oct 15, 2021

    The 19th Century English poet, Francis Thomson, wrote the poem The Hound of Heaven after his life had been messed up by drug addiction and poverty.