How to have an impossible conversation

Recently I found a review of a book by Peter Boghossian and James A. Lindsay, titled Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide (2019). Here's an excerpt from the review: In our polarised political climate, people on opposite sides of an ideological divide often consume different media, follow different pundits, consult different sources. Since sensationalism sells—colourful …

Peacemaking through preaching

By Rod Benson Good preaching positively unsettles us. It inspires wonder in God’s character and ways. It draws adoring worship from bruised, parched and self-absorbed souls. It encourages new thoughts. Good preaching is a light in the dark. It challenges the status quo, instills vision and prompts reform. It uncovers common ground and builds bridges. …

12 books on productivity and time management

Summarised by Rod Benson. There are hundreds of books available today on personal productivity and time management. A very small number of these are excellent, while the rest range from good to bad to just plain ugly and cringe-worthy. Have you discovered a book or other resource that has significantly lifted your game when it …

The use of Scripture in Laudato Si

By Rod Benson (published in APBF Digest, June 2015) When he chose “Francis” for his papal name in 2014, in honour of St Francis of Assisi, we might have expected former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to make a significant contribution to the Catholic Church’s witness on environmental issues. With the Encyclical released on June 18, …