It’s not about the money

It’s not about the money

Rick Warren is a humbling example of a faithful follower of Christ and so much of what he writes is a great inspiration and a help to millions.  But I fear this particular commentary from Pastor Rick … You Were Created to Be Productive …is likely to engender pride in those who work in profit-driven…

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What’s with the Old Testament?

What’s with the Old Testament?

Here are 4 verses from the Bible in chronological order. What’s going on here – does God want sacrifice (human or animal) or not? Gen 22:2 Then God said, “Take your son , your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one…

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Parenting Teenagers

Parenting Teenagers

When asked to lead a session at a Parenting Teenagers course: Rather than trying to stock up on a repository of pre-prepared answers, we try continually to return to common anchor points that keep us united as we look to address specific questions as they come up.  Three key anchors for us in parenting teenagers…

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Our Role as Chinese Teachers

Our Role as Chinese Teachers

Following a heated discussion on a Mandarin Chinese Teacher’s forum about a TV programme: Two thoughts based on this discussion (I have nothing to add on the programme itself): The way our students feel/think about Chinese people (and themselves) as a result of our lessons is of infinitely greater value than the amount of Chinese language they learn from us The…

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Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

How Chinese New Year joy can help us to keep our business and community healthy The traditional way of counting the years in China reminds us of the cyclical nature of time. In the West, we tend to emphasise linear progression: getting one year older with each birthday, compiling annual reports, completing tax returns etc. Chinese New…

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God is Love

God is Love

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. The Son is the image of the invisible God. [He] is the…

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Brief Tour of Cambridge

Brief Tour of Cambridge

You’ll presumably come into the city at 1 from the south. The church steeple is the highest point in the city. It’s a Catholic Church, built in the Victorian era but intended to look older, by someone who made their fortune selling glass eyes for dolls! (If you go left, you’ll go past the Scott…

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The Importance of Interruptions

The Importance of Interruptions

Allowing ourselves to be interrupted “I try never to be too busy to be interrupted, because it seems the most interesting things happen during interruptions” (Tony Morling at Host 2017) So many of Jesus’ interactions that are recorded in the gospels did not happen because they were planned but as interruptions to what was already going…

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Sympathy for Jonah

Sympathy for Jonah

“The grace of God is awful to us, because the proper response to evil is to fear it and desire its destruction not to love it and desire its redemption.” This is my review of David Benjamin Blower’s book “Sympathy for Jonah: Reflections on Humiliation, Terror and the Politics of Enemy-Love,”  which has a set of sea-shanty…

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Outsiders

Outsiders

We face profound challenges to the way of life we are used to – as a result of globalisation and technology in particular.  And we are reacting the way human-beings always react in this kind of situation: by trying to hold on to what we have got. With valiant determination, we retreat, batten down the…

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