Sports demanded discipline. Sports asked not just for my mind — as the intellectual incubator we call college or university too often does – but for my body as well.
Unhappy people need to be able to acknowledge their feelings of negativity before they can change for the better.
For all the stories we tell about Mary, we usually miss one of her most important contributions to the Christmas story: her song in the first chapter of Luke’s gospel. Mary’s song (or her “Magnificat”) was the first theological reflection on Christ in the New Testament. But we barely hear about it. I have only […]
Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you. (St. Augustine) How exactly do you go about finding God so you can receive rest? For better or for worse, the answer remains elusive for many of us. Some choose to ignore it and settle into life’s natural rhythms,but the adventurous among usembark on […]
When Bill Nye approached the podium in his emblematic bowtie, turned to Ken Ham and said, “Mr. Ham, I learned something. Thank you,” I was shocked. I find most public debates about science and religion pretty boring; the most recent debate — between atheist Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, a young earth […]
Dan, 38, muses under a large gum tree in Uganda’s green countryside. “When I was 16, there was only one jacket in my village. One jacket to be shared by maybe 50 guys. If anyone had a date they would all wear that same jacket.” He laughs at the memory. “The same was true for […]
Atheists are a hard group to pin down. They are defined not by what they believe, but by what they don’t believe — namely, God. Because of this, atheism is by definition a negative belief, not a positive one. Holding a negative belief can at times be problematic. It would be like if somebody asked […]
I have spent all but one month in 2013 abroad. It has been the longest I have ever been outside Canada. I have loved my time away, but I have learned one important thing: I miss Canada. I miss the courteous people, the abounding forests, the freshwater lakes, and the inconvenient beauty of snow. But […]
Nelson Mandela’s death has prompted abundant reflections on his life and his life’s work. He was a symbol of peace, justice, equality, and democracy, and at the same time he was an enemy of racism, oppression, systemic injustice, and exploitation. But Mandela was also a complex person — he was both a political radical and […]
1. Which Christian writer likely had an illicit affair with the mother of a deceased friend and then, after his conversion to Christianity, entered into a secret marriage (he didn’t even tell his closest friends about it) with an American woman to help her gain British citizenship? 2. Which theologian lived with a mistress for […]