A Christian perspective on suffering

Our national debate about Terri Schiavo has caused us all to think more about the purposes of life, and specifically about how we ought to respond to suffering.Christians have long wrangled with questions about suffering: why does it exist; what purposes does it serve; what does it tell us about ... Continue reading

When does life have value?

As many as 26 disabled-rights groups are protesting the decision to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, according to Not Dead Yet. Democrat Senator Tom Harkin has joined the throng, as has Democrat presidential hopeful Rev. Jesse Jackson.Contrary to the way the story is being framed, is isn't ... Continue reading

Servanthood and the Schiavo Protocol

Jane was in the prime of her life when she was diagnosed with ALS. She had a husband, children and a busy, fulfilling career. She was respected by her colleagues and frequently sought out for her knowledge and wisdom. Life was good, which made the diagnosis of ALS an even greater ... Continue reading

Voices crying in the wilderness

Imagine a military junta that has killed two million of its population of 32 million in the past two decades because of their skin colour and religion. Imagine a regime that has caused so much terror within its own borders that six million people are internally displaced. Is this a description of ... Continue reading

All creatures great and small…

All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all. —All Things Bright and Beautiful, a hymn by Cecil Alexander I suppose that I would have to say that I had not much more than a dim curiosity about animals growing up. That ... Continue reading

Blessed are the poor?

God must love the poor. Why else would he have made so many of them? —Abraham Lincoln She reminded me of Marlene Dietrich. Something about her confident bearing or those exotic features, her oval face, her soft-spoken manner. But she was no movie star, and no one had ever stopped her for an ... Continue reading

Java justice

She touched my hand gently, as is the custom, and smiled brightly as she welcomed us into her home. I glanced down at her bare feet—they were calloused, rough, wide, toes splayed, out of proportion with her slight frame. She had the feet of a woman who had spent her life hauling heavy loads over ... Continue reading

What’s love got to do with it?

What's love got to do with it? What's love but a second-hand emotion? —Tina Turner. The Russian cobbler was so poor, he and his wife shared a single coat, and it was tattered and threadbare. In his pocket was their life's savings—three kopeks. A farmer owed him another five, and so, he had braved ... Continue reading