God SAVED our Queen!

I've always struggled with singing the UK national anthem. It seems to me to be entirely one-person-centric and doesn't encompass a nation in its words. Also, being a Christian, I find the idea of asking God to save our monarch repeatedly a bit odd as she (and now he - more on that in a... Continue Reading →

Love And Hate

Is hate the opposite of love?  An adage attributed to activist and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel says: “The opposite of love is not hate but indifference.” Indifference means a “lack of interest, feeling or reaction towards somebody/something” (source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionary). What then might be the opposite of hate if not love?  If we think of... Continue Reading →

Want To Be Countercultural?

I really can’t stand people who are selfish, rude and unkind! From my kids to a stranger, when I see them acting this way, it winds me up and makes me think some very not Christ-like thoughts. I’m not saying this as some weird boast; I simply want to be honest and open with you.... Continue Reading →

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.... 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 →

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 →

“Plays Well With Others.”

In years gone by, I’ve generally been the first person to jump into a team building game. You know the kind, ”We need all 15 of you to get from this side of the room to the other, you can’t touch the floor, you have use of only three drinking straws and a cup, GO!” I’d give it... Continue Reading →

The Medium and The Message

There's an idea that I read about some years ago and I think it's incredibly relevant to the Christmas season. The idea is this: The medium of the message is as important as the message itself. Now, what do I mean by that? A simple way of looking at it is like this: I am... Continue Reading →

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