More Than Words

“I love you.” “I’m sorry.” “How can I help?” These are three simple phrases that just might change your life. A couple of weeks ago, my wife, Kathi, told me she had read in an article that saying those things regularly to one another in a marriage could strengthen the relationship. Possibly, even save it.

The Power of Saying No

As a church leader, I find myself getting invited to all kinds of different things: City-wide church prayer meetings, leadership gatherings, both local and city-wide, and many, many assorted types of conferences. Conferences on prayer, how to lead well, how to plant churches, apologetics, the list goes on. There are also para-church organisations that want... Continue Reading →

Laser Swords

Nostalgia is a funny thing, isn’t it? You get to a certain age, and from seemingly nowhere, you find yourself looking back at your history through the rosiest of tinted glasses. I’m in my mid-forties, and so for the first time, there is a generation of people looking back at their childhoods and seeing the... Continue Reading →

Handling Change

What are you like at making up your mind? I think I’m pretty good at it. Need to go left or right? Go left. Need to take the stairs or the lift, take the lift. Relax and watch telly or go for a run? Go for a run! Not really ... I’d probably choose to... Continue Reading →

Picking Up the Pieces

At church last Sunday during worship, I noticed from a distance a little boy, about 2 years old, attempt to carry a stack of large jigsaw pieces from one side of the hall to the other. So large and numerous were the pieces that he needed both hands to hold them against his chest. Unfortunately,... Continue Reading →

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About a year ago now, my wife and I decided to spend a not inconsiderable amount of money on a new mattress. It's not that there was anything majorly wrong with our old mattress, we can't have had it for more than 3 years. I'm sure that for some people they would have happily carried... Continue Reading →

Little Green Men

Anyone find it hard to follow the rules? Pablo Picasso once said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” It seems to me like they’d be anarchy and no civilisation to speak of if we all didn’t agree to follow at least some rules. And if all we... Continue Reading →

Tools

Have you ever tried changing the fuse in a plug by first trying to unscrew the central screw with a knife? I’m not talking a steak or bread knife, just a dull kitchen drawer knife.

Decisions… Decisions!

Decisions can be really hard. And the odd thing about decision making is that sometimes the longer it takes to make a decision, the harder it can actually be to make the decision! It’s true. Try sitting down in front of Netflix, or Amazon Video or the other gazillion streaming services that have come online... Continue Reading →

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