When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” From time to time, if we are able to see through the aura of accumulated holiness hanging thick around the … Continue reading Gaudete in Domino semper
Relationships often go wrong because of our earnest and misguided efforts to manipulate others toward what is for us acceptable behaviour. I can't tell you the number of times I've been given a book by someone who didn't really like me, accompanied with this bit of encouragement: “I really think you need to hear this … Continue reading Manipulation
Just past Dudley's workstation, off a corridor leading to the security zone, there was a multi-faith room, a cream coloured space holding an ill-matched assortment of furniture and a bookshelf of the sacred texts. I watched a family from southern India coming to pay their respects to Ganesh, the Hindu god in charge of the … Continue reading A Week at the Airport
Wandering through IKEA recently I came across a display. There, in a plexiglass box, was a living room chair accompanied by a robotic machine that was submitting the chair, over and over again, to the rigors of being sat upon. By the time I saw it, the machine had “sat down” in the chair more … Continue reading Adversity and Authenticity
The insidiousness of the influence of wealth upon those who have it is aptly illustrated by Jacob Loewen in his account of a seminar on worldview which he conducted for some Indian teachers and their missionary colleagues several years ago. He explained to the group that each culture has at its center an “axle” from … Continue reading What must I do?
"Gordon! What a lovely surprise - I didn't expect to find you here!" I was standing at a reception in the garden at Lambeth Palace, the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, chatting with a few others who, like me, had been invited to a gathering of international faith representatives. The posh voice … Continue reading I can identify
I sometimes wonder at what point Jesus Christ, looking down on successive generations of those who bore his name, began to get a bit worried that the project he started might seriously have gone off the rails. Was it when the Roman Emperor Constantine - still a murderous tyrant after his "conversion" experience - elevated … Continue reading A walking stick will do