How to Love People Just Like Mum Does

Does a mother have a favourite child? It has been said that she does: whichever child needs her the most at any one time. Mums are experts at making the world seem to stop for a child as they zone in on their needs, make their world a better place and love them unconditionally. This is all while managing a household, a job, other kids, or countless other priorities. Those who say there is no such thing as multi-tasking, only switch-tasking, clearly haven’t met many mothers in full flight. Our mums actually teach us a few important principles for better care of people we love in just about any area of life. Continue reading

Never Yet Met ‘Em

There’s little else that supposedly upsets people in churches as much as talk about money. Really? It was spoken about by Jesus more than just about any other subject, probably because it so easily gets a hold on us. Consumerism is the “love of money” which 1 Timothy 6:10 says is the root of all evil, drawing us away from Christ, and it is surely as rife today as ever. What money can do or buy can unsuspectingly draw us into seemingly innocent interests that subtly conspire against the centrality of God in our lives. Let me illustrate, though, by telling you about the four kinds of Christians that I’ve never yet met in churches. Continue reading

1917-2017: Leadership Lessons from the ‘Great War’

Recent growth in the ANZAC legend reached its peak with the 2015 centenary of the miscalculated Gallipoli landing of the First World War which claimed more than 11,000 members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It was later said that, had the outstanding Australian General, Sir John Monash, commanded all the allied troops, the war would have been won earlier. Australian contributions to success in this ‘Great War’ are often undersold, but the 100th anniversary of three key battles reveals some important leadership insights. Continue reading

Good News Again

Last week, I posted on the progressive de-Christianisation of Australia. The article was published in several places and drew extensive comment in one of these. Responses were polite and well-considered, but centred on the idea that we are now a post-Christian nation and that Christian values are optional in what has become a secular and multi-cultural society. Of course, that assessment involves a choice. Christianity has not really been tried and found wanting, though, it has mostly been untried. Here’s why faith built on a relationship with God, and not the imperfect religious forms that contain it, is still thoroughly believable and essential today. Continue reading

Good News Friday

This Easter, AFL football throws up its first Good Friday match, as a majority of patrons barely bat an eyelid over yet another de-Christianising change in society. Does it matter? This one amendment is itself hardly upsetting to many Christians, judging from the reactions. Perhaps this is a sign of how far we’ve come. The broader phenomenon of the erosion of Christian values is more disturbing when examined over time. Continue reading

How to Keep Opinions from Undermining Teams

We are rightly taught to be free thinkers. Opinions can offer an individual voice of conscience that can help influence social change, temper recklessness, or even shape the future. Opinions can also be destructive. In the extreme, they can be so strong and alienating that they will undermine trust and fracture relationships. They may or may not be built on a healthy premise, but an unhealthy expression can also make them subtly offensive. Here are some important questions to ask when considering the impact of opinions and how to best handle them in others, so as to bring better overall team health. Continue reading