I was reading through the prophet Isaiah a few days back and came across this intriguing verse ... "I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things." [Isaiah 45:7. NIV] What an interesting thought or should I say a somewhat perplexing thought. Here we … Continue reading Trying to Comprehend the Incomprehensible God …
There is no doubt that the world economy has been in a bit of a turmoil of late with extreme volatility in things such as the value of the dollar, the share market, and property. Here's a humorous attempt to try to make some sense of it all ... 21 Economic Models Explained with CowsSOCIALISMYou … Continue reading Understanding the Economy
Here's a paraphrase by Tom Wright of a well-known Bible text from Hebrews 12:1-3. The book of Hebrews was a letter written to some followers of Christ in the first century who were feeling discouraged because they were experiencing difficulty and persecution in their spiritual journey. How relevant these words are for us today too ... … Continue reading The Amazing Race
Well, it's AFL Grand Final week here in Melbourne ... and what a final it will be with the Hawthorn Hawks taking on the defending premiers, the Geelong Cats next Saturday afternoon. There's sure to be a full house of over 100,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for what should be a historical … Continue reading Grand Final Fever
A recent article in the Melbourne Age profiled Cleric Francis Macnab of St Michael's Uniting Church in Collins Street. He is hoping to start a new faith for the 21st century claiming that the 10 commandments are too negative, Jesus was just a Jewish peasant, and Moses was a mass murderer. Francis feels that this … Continue reading Was Moses a Mass Murderer?
Gary Kinnaman, a pastor from Phoenix, Arizona, is a good friend of mine who recently ministered at our church in Melbourne. His son, David Kinnaman, is the President of the Barna Group, a ministry which provides research and resources that facilitate spiritual transformation in people's lives. David's latest book, co-authored with Gabe Lyons, is called … Continue reading UnChristian
Integrity is one of the most important character qualities to develop in your personal life. For leaders, it is vital, as it is part of the foundation of all credibility and influence. Integrity means that there is an integration between who we really are (when no one is looking) and who we appear to be … Continue reading Developing Personal Integrity
An understanding of perspective is one of the keys to gaining wisdom for life. Here is a simple illustration that shows the importance of perspective ... Imagine a group of people sitting in a circle with a small table in the middle. A few observations ... Firstly, everyone sees the table differently, depending on where … Continue reading Perspective
This coming Sunday is Father's Day here in Australia, a time to honour all of the dads. Here are a few interesting quotes about dads: "Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you." [Exodus 20:12. NLT] "A wise child brings joy … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day!