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What would you do with $7,200,000? There’s a classic parable that Jesus shared of a wealthy master who distributed resources to three of his servants. It’s as though the master knew the capacity of each one of his servants and he gave them different amounts of money to invest. To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2 talents, to another 1 talent. A talent (Ancient Greek τάλαντον, talanton ‘scale’ and ‘balance’)… Read More

The cleansing power of fire Over the past few weeks I’ve taken time out to get rid of everything that has come to the end of its life. Firstly, I took about twelve years of diaries and burnt every page in an afternoon. Sitting in my backyard by my fire pit tearing page after page of my life and throwing them into the fire. Every now and then I took a glimpse… Read More

Men often don’t equip their children to talk from the heart in fearless transparency. This morning I reflected on my dad’s last words to me when I was 31 years old, after an operation that didn’t fare well. He said “I’m not coping!” Gasping for air with honest fear in his eyes. I reacted harshly to him in disbelief that he was fading away within minutes. He died just like that and… Read More

Today for most of the Christian world and next Sunday of Orthodox Christians, we observe the greatest moment in the Kosmos. Unfortunately for many, this is a cultural holiday lightly observed that has very little connection to the meaning of life. For us who believe in the Resurrection of Jesus, we celebrate this moment every day. As a result, our hearts are full, our spirit is at peace and our passion is… Read More

As a concerned parent, who doesn’t dread the thought of their children going wayward. As an over enthusiastic and empathetic friend, boss or manager, who doesn’t dread the thought of their friends or team being bullied or struggling to cope. OVER PROTECTION, Let me illustrate. I’ve recently come into the world of being a green finger, wanting to help my wife around the garden. I believe greatly in routine and systems, so… Read More

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