You don’t need this

Seminar room

The global education budget is HUGE! Even if you exclude compulsory education from the calculations, it’s probably somewhere up there just behind health-care and defence. So many people attend all sorts of training courses. I’ve attended courses, workshops and seminars on everything from highly technical instruction on computer software to…

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Can I be a better lover?

What is love?

Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones and The Blues Brothers echoed Solomon Burke’s assertion, “Everybody needs somebody to love”. If there’s one word in the English language that’s over-used, perhaps it is “love”. We love pizza, football and nachos. We love lazy summer evenings and the frost that decorates the glass…

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An accidental mentor

A pub lunch

What do you do when the pressure is on and it starts to get uncomfortable? Inevitably life tosses awkward moments our way. Do you run, making a plan to skirt round the issue and return everything to its usual happy state? Sometimes we have to submit to the uncomfortable, enduring…

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How to navigate life without a map

Map and compass

The story is told of a man on a walking holiday in Ireland. After several hours he finally had to concede that he was completely and utterly lost. As he continued on his way he met a farmer, “Excuse me sir!” he said, “I’m trying to get to Limerick, can…

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Why I make promises I can’t keep (and what to do about it)

Broken Christmas Decoration

Promises. The world is littered with broken promises. Wild, unfounded promises. Sleazy-salesman’s promises. Solemn and sincere promises. Just-to-keep-you-quiet promises. Made-in-the-heat-of-the-moment promises. With each broken promise the sense of regret or resignation to the inveitable, “How could I have been so stupid?” or, “Did I really expect them to keep their…

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Make peace with the past

Make peace with the past

Standing at the threshold of yet another year, what are the thoughts that come to mind? No doubt a mixture of emotions will surface as you allow your mind to trace the journey of the year that was. Moments of drama, of angst and relief. Perhaps joys tainted by sorrow,…

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Marriage is for protecting

Marriage is for protecting

In this series we will be looking at some of the basic principles of what makes marriage important from the Christian’s perspective. I will simply be considering some of the ancient wisdom that has stood the test of time and is found in the Biblical texts. Marriage is for protecting…

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One important lesson from two of earth’s richest men

telescope and city

It was on Friday the 5th of July that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates met for the first time in 1991. Buffett had little interest in Gates, who was 25 years his junior, except for the fact they were neck-and-neck in the Forbes rich-list. And as for computers? Forget it.…

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