2014 October

Your life is much more than your career

2015-01-13T10:20:22-05:00October 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 February

What if the joy of singleness is just for you?

2015-01-13T19:07:33-05:00February 27th, 2014|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Thursday, February 27, 2014) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Last time in this space we were talking about marriage, how good things come to those who wait, and about falling in love with our Creator, really, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves. I shared that I was 35 before I met my wife and how there was something to this, something mysterious and with joy, the sort that you can’t contrive because it comes from a deeper place inside but also somehow outside of you too.

2013 November

What suicide can teach us about fear and living freely

2015-01-13T19:12:15-05:00November 1st, 2013|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The UCU Standard - Friday, November 1, 2013) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Suicide is a shabby and shameful business, something that nice people don’t get mixed up in, yet here they are, two suicides in our university family, two young people who in separate incidents have left us with nothing but a disturbing ‘good-bye.’

2013 March

Of grace, forgiveness and tears

2014-02-19T09:08:16-05:00March 30th, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, March 30, 2013) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ I’m the odd man out in a loose circle in the campus home of the university president talking about God’s grace, an unsurprising discussion because, besides being a university and my own family’s home, this is a nearly century-old theological training centre. The horrible news of late is the roadside murder of a young law student, John Otim, beaten dead with an iron bar for money that he didn’t even have.

2013 March

The Light of the World in the darkness of hell

2015-01-13T19:04:21-05:00March 25th, 2013|Categories: Newspaper columns, The Standard|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

(The UCU Standard - Friday, November 1, 2013) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Suicide is a shabby and shameful business, something that nice people don’t get mixed up in, yet here they are, two suicides in our university family, two young people who in separate incidents have left us with nothing but a disturbing ‘good-bye.’

2012 December

Once, there was a poor, young girl …

2020-04-19T01:04:51-04:00December 15th, 2012|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Once there was a little Ugandan girl who loved school. The girl, who had been an orphan when she was younger, loved learning new things and making new friends and pretty well everything about it, especially the stories. Maybe she loved school all the more because of her years as an orphan, which started in a hospital in Mbarara, in western Uganda, where she was left abandoned when she was barely larger than a cat. There she was given all she ever owned, her name, Hannah.

2012 October

About cults and this unforced rhythm of grace

2012-12-13T05:48:14-05:00October 14th, 2012|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

There’s the guilt and fear. There’s the drama and emotion. There’s the conformity and the teaching of “Us versus Them.” Of course, there is also that feeling that you’re not good enough, that you have to somehow work your way into God’s love. These are hallmarks of cults, dangerous but strangely appealing religious groups like [...]

2004 April

Passion proves a hit in Muslim Mideast

2012-10-23T02:10:03-04:00April 8th, 2004|Categories: London Free Press, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Okay, let's not be totally surprised that Jesus wields power outside the West. He did, after all, live in the Middle East. But after its big splash in North America, did anyone -- I mean anyone -- expect The Passion of the Christ to be allowed in the Islamic Middle East, let alone break movie records here?