Good Friday

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 April

Dark news on Good Friday

2017-07-18T02:30:57-04:00April 3rd, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

The horrible news of the attack at Garissa University College in neighbouring Kenya came shortly after we, as a family, attended Good Friday services this morning. The al-Shabab attack that killed at least 147, not far from the Somalian border, was in an area known for its instability, at a relatively small and certainly vulnerable [...]

2014 April

Betrayed by a kiss. Saviour of the world.

2017-07-19T01:24:50-04:00April 18th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

Judas, giver of history’s best-known kiss, has always had a bad rap. While Judas was a very capable individual – he was picked to be the treasurer of Christ’s preaching and healing and wandering and laughing troupe for a reason – we know that he was more interested in skimming the coffers and in other [...]

2013 March

The prayer of all prayers

2017-01-31T23:18:42-04:00March 28th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It was in the garden where he talked to his Father. ‘Abba,’ he said, which is to say, ‘Daddy.’ ‘Daddy, I know you can do anything. And I know you can take this away from me. This cup. I know you can take it away. It’s too much. Too bitter. Too awful. Daddy. Please, Daddy, [...]

2013 March

Light and shadows in a Good Friday world

2014-02-19T09:06:10-04:00March 27th, 2013|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

(Christian Week - April 2013) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Jesus wept. Not long before he set his face like flint toward Jerusalem and the cross, he wept. Why? Surely he knew how it would all end, how he'd resurrect Lazarus, who lay nearby so cold and dead; how this miracle would foreshadow his own final triumph over the grave. Was he playing his audience? It's a scene with at least some strangeness. Here's another.