Easter

2019 April

Life’s rich comedy and God in unexpected places

2019-04-20T16:00:20-04:00April 20th, 2019|Categories: Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The comedy of life, the absolute comedy, is that the God of this weekend, the one who walked and slept and bled and cried and, sure, laughed among us, is still found in the most unexpected places. This comedy is different than the comedy of, say, Saturday Night Live.

2018 March

From an instrument of pain to a symbol of healing power

2018-07-15T17:04:53-04:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

It was a Friday some 2,000 years ago and he was a hardened criminal with a sorry life. For what it was worth, that life must have played before his mind’s eye like a regrettable movie. He was dying by asphyxiation, lack of oxygen. This is how criminals, would-be revolutionaries

2016 March

They’re everywhere

2017-07-18T01:02:26-04:00March 26th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

It’s not yet breakfast and I catch Child #1.  I bend over to her ear. “I have a secret,” I say. “What is it?” she says. I whisper in her ear. “They’re everywhere.” She smiles. Shortly later, I do the same with Child #2, the boy. The same whisper in the ear. “They’re everywhere.” Smile. [...]

2015 April

On being a kid, terrorism, and other fears

2017-07-18T02:31:56-04:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

She was Swiss and she stood at the front door this morning and told me how envious she was of my family’s set-up at the university compound we call home. I nodded. She had just driven the hour from her house in Kampala to drop off her daughter to play with Hannah when we talked [...]

2015 March

Mysterious and foolish things

2015-03-23T08:21:00-04:00March 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 April

Dear Mr. Millard – Letter 3 – If you ever want forgiveness, everything you have isn’t enough

2017-07-19T01:23:48-04:00April 21st, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Even on this side of Easter, forgiveness is no easy thing. Christ said so much during a beachside breakfast with his friends on a lake not long after the remarkable events of Easter weekend. He did this during that rather poignant exchange with Peter, that friend of urgency and largeness who, just days earlier, while [...]