To Sow the Wind

On 12 February, 2010, near a small village in southeast Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Sharabuddin, a high ranking member of the Afghan police intelligence service, was celebrating the naming of his newborn son. There were twenty-four guests and three musicians at the party. At about 3.30 a.m. voices were heard outside the compound. Assuming they were…

ST. AUGUSTINE AND THE COLLAPSE OF EMPIRE: ANCIENT WISDOM ON WAR, TERROR, AND CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY

‘The mind shudders when it dwells upon the ruin of the day’, wrote St. Jerome, the great bible translator, in the year of St. Augustine’s death, and twenty years after the fall of Rome to the barbarians. ‘For twenty years or more Roman blood has been flowing ceaselessly on the broad countries between Constantinople and…

On Preaching

Only a proclamatory word spoken to me can free me from myself, a word that so challenges me to live from God’s future rather than from my possessed life that such eschatological existence is the only possibility open in the moment of hearing, that in the event of this word the future of God and…

UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP

UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP A Sermon on Genesis 1.1-5 Preached at the Ordination of a Deacon Michael Polanyi, the Hungarian-British polymath, professor of physical chemistry at the University of Manchester, was one of the most distinguished philosophers of science in the 20th Century. He was the grandson of the Chief Rabbi of Vilnius…