Columns

  • The binding power of hatred

    May 28, 2021

    Binding and loosing, as Jesus spoke of it, work both ways, with love and with hatred. We free each other through love and constrict each other through hatred.

  • The Spirit of collegiality

    May 22, 2021

    The cries of ordinary people have been flooding on WhatsApp lamenting the loss of incomes due to the third major lockdown.

  • Praying the Psalms

    May 22, 2021

    This is a new column for our local theologians and biblical scholars to share their thoughts.

  • A saint for our time

    May 22, 2021

    The saints of old, no doubt, had their own struggles in trying to will the one thing, to healthily channel their wild energies and give themselves over to God.

  • Rich kids growing up without money – or understanding

    May 17, 2021

    We aren’t all born equal, set equally into the same starting blocks, have equally gifted or abusive childhoods, are allotted equally the same opportunities for education and growth, and then are parceled out equally the same measure of accidents, illness, and tragedy in life.

  • There’s something ‘fishy’ about the Gospels

    May 08, 2021

    Ever since COVID reached our shores, I have been taking morning strolls at a casuarina-lined seafront promenade a couple of miles away from our home in Penang.

  • Praying the Psalms

    May 08, 2021

    This is a new column for our local theologians and biblical scholars to share their thoughts.

  • The eyes of love

    May 08, 2021

    When we feel love deeply or passionately, then perhaps (like Thomas Merton describing a mystical vision he had on a street corner) we can awake more from our dream of separateness and our illusion of difference and see the secret beauty and depth of other people’s hearts.

  • The promptings of the Spirit

    May 01, 2021

    There were moments in the recent campaign to save Convent Bukit Nanas when some people might have wrung their hands in despair. Here we go again, many would have thought.

  • Our heart is stronger than our wounds

    May 01, 2021

    As Christians, we don’t have to save ourselves, don’t have to get our lives right all on our own. Indeed, nobody ever does.