Edith Stein

In this season of Lent we have chosen, in our preaching, to contemplate the message of the prophets and martyrs of our time. We are seeking, through them, to apprehend the meaning of suffering, leadership, and witness. We do so in our contemporary context, the overriding spiritual and moral concerns of which are vexed and…

The Humility of Faith

‘Veni, vidi, vici.’ Such was Julius Ceasar’s laconic report following his defeat of Pharnaces II of Pontus after a short campaign in 47 BC. ‘I came, I saw, I conquered.’ How different the words that Karl Barth places in the mouth of the Apostle Paul at his conversion. ‘In the depths, the height on which…

Who’s To Blame?

And some came at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifice. Luke 13:1 In his answer to this reported tragedy, Jesus appears to assume that these bringers of bad news are asking a question about who is to blame for human suffering. Is suffering a…

Not By Bread Alone

What is the meaning of life? If Transfiguration Sunday is when the Church each year makes its universal declaration about the final dignity, honour, and destiny of the human race, here in the wilderness temptation is where it makes its most deliberate statement about the meaning and purpose of human life. Man shall not live…