One evening last year, my youngest son, ten years old at the time, ran himself a bath. He’d been in for a little while when, with his permission, I nipped in to grab something I needed from the bathroom cupboard.
How many of us are prepared to stick something out for the long haul, never knowing when, or if, we're ever going to make a real difference?
At the time of writing this, the whole of the world is in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc to economies and more importantly has devastated a lot of lives. In amongst all this, a lot of us are in lockdown. This means that we are being asked by various governments across the globe to stay at home and to try and slow the spread of the disease so that our health systems are not overwhelmed and can cope with a steadier stream of patients.
Do you know this little ditty: “Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problem-free philosophy. Hakuna Matata!” Doesn’t that sound great? All we need is to adopt a problem-free philosophy, Hakuna Matata! Don’t you feel better already?
Back in the mid-noughties, about 3 years after I’d become a Christian, I attended a Bible school for a year. It was a strangely fascinating and intense year. For anyone who has ever had to move to a different part of the country to attend a school, or indeed move to a different country altogether, you’ll know that it drags you out of all sorts of different comfort zones. In this instance, my wife, Kathi, and I also lived on-site with a few other students. On top of this, Kathi also worked as PA to one of the college directors. It was a pretty full-on year!
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 →
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 →
We bought a dog last year. Our very first family dog, in fact. She is a beautiful Border Collie with a gorgeous black and white coat, and we have named her Charley.