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2018 January

Nkoyoyo’s service and vision from education of the heart

2018-07-15T16:55:48+00:00January 15th, 2018|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , |2 Comments

It’s been with surprise and sadness that, recently returning for some teaching at UCU, I’ve returned at this time of Archbishop Livingstone Nkoyoyo’s passing. Not that I knew Nkoyoyo, who, by all accounts, was among the most remarkable of Ugandans.

2017 January

Grace and mystery in a UCU classroom

2018-02-20T21:29:57+00:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: The Standard|0 Comments

The short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” is a story taught in my literature class at UCU. It’s written by esteemed American writer Flannery O’Connor. At its end, the grandmother, a character in a lady-like flowery dress, is shot three times in the chest. It’s a horrible and violent death. The rest of her family had already been killed.

2016 May

Home is a place of God’s differences

2016-07-11T18:09:09+00:00May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Monday, May 23, 2016) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It was in Canada and we were at a campy lakeside retreat, and it was a beautiful summer day and a gaggle of children were playing outside the large window near where we ate. My daughter, that is my adopted Ugandan daughter, Hannah, looked at me with a tear rolling down her cheek. I asked her what was the matter, and, looking down in shame, she said, “I’m the only black person here.”

2016 February

Where are the honest politicians?

2017-07-18T01:18:32+00:00February 15th, 2016|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard – Monday, February 15, 2016) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Yoweri Museveni. Donald Trump. Jesus Christ. Who would you vote for? (Okay, if you find it too hard to imagine voting for Jesus per se, how about someone with Christ-like qualities?) I mean, you can’t help but wonder what would happen if someone running for the presidency were to get up in front of microphones and cameras and scribblers and say something like this: “If anyone running for this office doesn’t do so with the greatest fear and trepidation, shaking and trembling from the moment he leaves bed in the morning, then he’s a hopeless fool.

2015 March

Mysterious and foolish things

2015-03-23T08:21:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - March 19 - April 5, 2015) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ As a boy I hoped for, and believed in, small and foolish things that at the time seemed big and sensible enough. Now I hope for things that are big and sensible enough to my children, even if I think they’re small and foolish to me.

2014 November

Salvation is a mystery that can’t be faked

2015-01-13T11:00:50+00:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

(UCU Standard - Monday, November 17, 2014) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It’s a risky move, of course, to open up your Sunday morning message to questions. You never know who might ask what. But this is what happened last Sunday. The minister who I listened to had a post-sermon question-and-answer session and a woman stepped forward with what they call a show-stopper. Her voice quivering, she asked rather plainly and desperately, “So just how do you get saved?”

2014 October

Your life is much more than your career

2015-01-13T10:20:22+00:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Monday, September 29, 2014) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ The problem with university life is that it can bypass your heart and feed your mind directly with foolish notions about the work world, namely that some grand career will make you a personally large being. “Hey, look at me! I have this job now. It’s who I am!” And maybe you’ll win much of that war that’s so well-known around the world, that is the war to get ahead.

2014 March

Dear student who’s cheating: You’re rotting inside out

2015-01-13T10:38:19+00:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Monday, March 31, 2014) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It’s a new day, a good day, a day when you’ll be tested. Yes, it’s time for another exam and you, dear UCU student, are out of bed, finished your breakfast and walking with a confident smile. This is why today is such a fine day: you know the answers, every one of them. Because you know the questions too. Nobody is suspecting that you’re a cheater because you know the game and you play it with skill