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

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 November

Salvation is a mystery that can’t be faked

2015-01-13T11:00:50-05:00November 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 November

A long drive (Excerpt #4 – Forgiving our Fathers and Mothers)

2017-07-18T17:46:46-04:00November 13th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

He was a man, youngish, well, certainly not all that old even if he had a beard that put some years on him. For one reason or another, he had come a long way, halfway across the country, thousands of kilometres, in his black pick-up truck. And then, finally, he stood there at the front door [...]

2014 June

Forgiving our Fathers and Mothers – (Excerpt 1 – Silence)

2017-01-31T23:24:11-05:00June 24th, 2014|Categories: Other|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Some weeks ago I introduced this book, Forgiving our Fathers and Mothers, in this space, a book by Leslie Leyland Fields that is recently released. Leslie is a writing colleague I met during while studying in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Seattle Pacific University. Leslie knows first-hand the great importance [...]

2014 June

It’s a privilege to be a (perfect?) father

2020-06-20T07:19:43-04:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

It was Father's Day Sunday morning and I was speaking to a local gathering about fatherhood and forgiveness. This was a surprise to even me because my own father was perfect. He doesn't need forgiveness. As was his father, perfect. Never went wrong. Never had a selfish thought. No, not once. And his father too. Always [...]

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 [...]