Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.