Christian Week

2015 August

Truth under cover

2016-01-14T07:25:28+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week - August 2015) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ The ring that my wife put on my finger on the day that we married stayed there for some years until the sorry day it flew off while my arm was in mid-upstroke in an Ontario lake.

2015 May

Wrestling with angels

2015-08-22T13:58:15+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week - May 2015) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ It was an unremarkable day, birds and the African sunshine, the sound of a distant lawnmower, the dog laying quiet in back, shoes nearby, tea, a half-eaten yogurt, when fear washed over me like a river. Nightmares, yes, can come anytime.

2015 February

Better than wine. Stronger than death.

2015-02-14T08:12:55+00:00 February 14th, 2015|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week, February 2015) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ “Love is better than wine,” is how the writer of the Song of Songs put it. “Love is stronger than death.” Solomon, said to be the wisest of men ever, is credited with the words that resonate with meaning even now, almost 3,000 years later, even in our time, as insecure and fickle an age as any.

2014 December

Hope in the food court

2015-01-13T10:28:18+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

(Christian Week - December 2014) Today in the food court there was a piano. The pianist, wearing a red Santa hat (naturally), finished “Jingle Bells” through the dull roar of shoppers, their winter coats unzipped, hats aside, while they sat and talked and ate KFC or New York Fries or whatever they happened to have. Then a young woman, scarf thrown loosely over her shoulder, stood and put her cellphone to her ear. Strangely enough, she sang into the phone. And her voice, somehow, melodious and majestic, carried through the entire food court. Brows raised. Heads turned.

2014 October

Learning to be a kid again

2014-10-22T18:45:27+00:00 October 14th, 2014|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, UGANDA✦It’s the children who in the end will be given the keys to the Kingdom. This is what Jesus said on the matter. Be a kid again. The way up is down. If you want even half a shot at eternal life, as if it were somehow possible, go and grow young.

2014 August

Lingering on the edge of forgetfulness

2014-08-16T17:01:55+00:00 August 15th, 2014|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

(Christian Week - Friday, August 15, 2014) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ The sad truth of the matter is that when we stop reading the Bible with any faith or confidence, when we stop discussing it at dinner with our children, when we stop wrestling with it in our meeting places and home gatherings and while lying in bed, we’re no longer connected to the grand sweep of it, to history, that is His Story, which is also our story.

2014 May

Known by our love ( … or the things we’re against?)

2015-01-13T10:31:30+00:00 May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week – Friday, May 23, 2014) PARIS ✦ Dead rock stars aren’t the only idols to worship out there. Houses and cars, retirement portfolios, relationships and sex—or, well, religion—can be equally distracting in a fallen world looking for things as nebulous as truth and meaning. But come to the Père Lachaise Cemetery and see for yourself the cult of rock-star celebrity. In this gothic and tumbledown resting place of some of the world’s best-known artists—Chopin, Bizet, Proust, Oscar Wilde to name a few—Jim Morrison’s grave is by far the most visited.