My Favorite MAC Programs

MAC I have been a PC computer user most of my adult life. I started with a desktop and eventually moving to a laptop then a netbook. I have managed to find my way around a host of Microsoft Windows based software programs.Read the rest

Masada

Masada Another place we visited on our tour of Israel earlier this year was Masada. It is a stunning section of isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea.The cliffs on the steepest side are over 400 metres high.Read the rest

The Dead Sea

Dead Sea During our tour of Israel earlier this year, we visited the Dead Sea. It is an amazing body of water. It is 67 x 18 kilometres in size at it widest points, and it is over 400 metres below sea level. The reason it is called 'dead' is because there is inflow but no outflow.Read the rest

The English Language

English They say the English language is a difficult one to learn and is arguably the largest language by the number of words. I've only ever spoken English – with a little Australian and American accent thrown in at different times. My wife speaks fluent German, her native tongue, as well as Afrikaans, after growing up in South Africa, and a little Zulu (no she doesn't use this on me).Read the rest

Kairos Time

Kairos While speaking about time, it is interesting to note that in the Greek language there are two words for time: chronos, which refers to the ongoing forward movement of time, and kairos, which refers to opportunity, or a favorable time.Read the rest

Time Traps

Time There never seems to be enough time nowadays, even though we all have the same amount of it – 24 hours or 1440 minutes each day. The classic book on time management is Alec Mackenzie's The Time Trap published many decades ago.Read the rest

Mastering Management

Mastering Management Leading and managing a church, a ministry, a business, or a non-profit organisation is quite a complex task. There is the cause or the mission that needs pursuing. There are the staff and volunteers who need encouraging and inspiring, much like a community.Read the rest

Ancient Future Church

FW Handbook How did the early church grow from as few as 25,000 people at the end of the first century (100 AD) to as many as 20 million people two hundred years later (310 AD)? Now that's a question worth thinking deeply about.Read the rest

Spain wins the World Cup

Spain Well, it's over! Spain has defeated the Netherlands to win the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament. I must admit, I only got up early once – to watch the Socceroos play Germany. That game wasn't worth my loss of sleep and the resultant German national anthem renditions in my house by my German-born wife became annoying after a while.Read the rest

Lebron James to the Miami Heat

Lbj The biggest news in professional basketball is the recent decision of Lebron James to sign with the Miami Heat, along with two of his best friends, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Lebron is without doubt one of the best basketball players currently playing the game, although he has yet to win an NBA championship.Read the rest

The Book of Acts

ACtsOur church is currently reading through the Book of Acts. This is one of my favorite New Testament books as it tells us the story of the church, as God intended it to be. It was a church birthed by the Spirit, made up of normal everyday people and led by leaders who lived lives of dependence on Jesus for direction and guidance.Read the rest

Kevin Rudd

Rudd Kevin Rudd was the 26th Prime Minister of Australia. Under his leadership, his party won the November 2007 election against former Prime Minister John Howard. As the new leader, he made major announcements about climate change, education, a national broadband network, and health.Read the rest

Leadership Quotes

Leadership Here are some thought-provoking good leadership quotes:

"Follow me as I follow Christ." [Apostle Paul]

"Good leaders come up with answers but great leaders ask the right questions." [Jim Collins]

"Leadership must be learned and can be learned." [Peter Drucker]

"Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men – the other 999 follow women." [Groucho Marx]

"A leader is a dealer in hope." [Napoleon Bonaparte]

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing right things." [Peter Drucker]

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." [Theodore Roosevelt]

"Do you wish to rise?Read the rest

Your Holy Discontent

Discontent There are many things that can fuel us as we do life and ministry. Experiences such as God's salvation, God's grace and God's calling not only transform our lives but also motivate us to life purposeful lives. At other times, we also have seasons of struggle where frustration, discouragement and weariness can seem to take over, depleting our energy and enthusiasm. Let's face it, life and ministry can be tough.Read the rest