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Do we Really Need to go to Church?

It used to be a favourite saying by some young adults back in my day. ‘You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian’. It was usually said by people who either a) wanted to look cool and rebellious, or b) had an axe to grind with the church.At one level it is […]

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When Political Alliances Don’t Cut It

“Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless—now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.” – Hosea 7:11 These words were uttered at a time when the Israel of the Old Testament was in a fragile place. They had pretty much tossed out the covenant that God had made with them. They were in […]

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Hard Conversations

I can be pretty blunt sometimes, by my own admission. And it’s fair to say that I’ve articulated some things that could have been said better. However there are times when being pretty blunt can be necessary. You need to get the point across, and subtle hints, vibes and tactfulness are either not being picked […]

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The Trouble with Performance Appraisals

Let me be clear, I don’t have a problem with performance appraisals per se. I can see their use, and I don’t think it’s a good thing for employees (or Managers for that matter) to simply wander around work, doing what they’ve always done, without any feedback, or opportunity to grow and develop. However, as […]

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In Search of Excel-ence!

I’m trying something new at work. Microsoft Excel and I kind of have a love/hate relationship. I get that it’s a powerful tool and I can see its usefulness. But I’m the sort of bloke that likes to have a rack at something, then ask for help later. I generally find that I learn best […]

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Would Jesus Vote For The Greens?

OK so here’s the thing… I’m not really impressed with either of the major parties. Quite frankly they leave me feeling ‘meh’! And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in thinking that. Some polling suggests that it will be the independents who make the decisions in the next parliament. I’d say the level of dissatisfaction […]

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A Response to the Australian Christian Lobby

Dear ACL, This is now the umpteenth email I have received from you concerning same sex marriage. When you begin to address issues such as our asylum seeker policy, the environment, welfare and healthcare with the same fervor and enthusiasm as you do with same sex marriage, I might start listening to you, and you […]

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When Banking Goes Wrong

So I needed to do some banking stuff this morning, and like I usually do I went to my mobile app to do it.  Through a series of mistakes (all mine) the bank suspended the transaction, fair enough. I then went to call the number suggested by the bank, only to be told that they […]

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Jesus Is Lord

It is time for the Church to cry ‘Jesus is Lord’! In the early days of Christianity, when Rome was the dominant power and Caesar was considered divine, the crowds shouted ‘Caesar is Lord’. It was a shout of loyalty, and submission to the Emperor that was expected from every person under Roman rule. The […]

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Australia Day From The Wrong Side

Australia Day is gazetted as a national public holiday where we’re supposed to celebrate all the things that make this country so good. Except… I’ve been reading some of the articles, posts and speeches, and suddenly I don’t really feel like celebrating. The reasons why can fall into 2 groups Group 1 is the “I’m […]

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