In his treatise on rhetoric, when Aristotle set out to express the factor that makes a public speaker most persuasive, he elected an element not many of us would choose. […]
The scene that launches Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Misérables, tells the story of a man called Jean Valjean. Jean is arrested for stealing a loaf of bread and ends up […]
What would you do if you won the lottery? With the record-setting $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot announced just last week, many people, including myself, have imagined what they would do […]
What does it mean to worship? And where to do it? For us the activity of worship has become a private affair. Even some agnostics don’t seem to mind that […]
Flying over the Pacific, I winced to overhear the conversation unfolding behind me. A young lady was explaining, “I did believe in God. But after getting sick and almost dying […]
A few summers ago, there was this song you could hear everywhere. On the radio, at the beauty salon, at the supermarket. It was one of Nelly Furtado’s earliest hits, I’m […]
To climb, or not to climb: that is the question. At least that’s the question my tour group recently faced while standing before this giant red rock at the centre of my country: Uluru. We were in a bind. It was a showdown between the interconnected spirituality of Tjukurpa, and the ascendent secularity of Tourists. But had we missed something in the race to the top?
Why did God allow this evil act? I don’t know. But if God suffers with us to forge a perfect paradise out of this mess, offering his life to save undeserving people, I guess it is ok not to know.
It’s a strange thing that, as followers of Jesus, we are dwellers in a story. Religion is often conceived and described as ideology or a philosophy or an ethical system […]
Ballroom dancing must be the western culture’s last bastion of patriarchy. A few months ago Nikki (my wife) and I ticked off our to-do-list by taking up dancing. Like most […]