Category: Christian Living

WHY GO TO CHURCH? It is a matter of identity

Church+is+people+too - CopyChurch attendance is on the decrease. The online church service, where it is possible to listen to your favourite preacher anywhere, anytime, is conveniently available twenty four/seven.

I grew up in an era where shops, cinemas and organised sporting events were not open on Sundays and church was one of the few options available for social gatherings and worship of God. But today it is different. Churches are competing with a multiplicity of Sunday activities and it is even possible to suggest that today the regional shopping centre more resembles the cultural hub of many communities. So why go to church? And it doesn’t necessarily have to be on a …

The Most Memorable Gift I Could Have Given

Memories

My wife Sue’s birthday was fast approaching, and try as I may, I couldn’t think of a memorable present that she needed, that I could buy for her. We had been married for forty years and memorable presents were now more difficult than ever to find.

However, in the process the word memory would not leave me and then it came to me; why not buy Sue a memory. After all, you can never wear a memory out, it can never add clutter to your house and you are less likely to forget it. But what kind of memory! Now my thought processes were quite stirred and I started to …

MAKE PLANS THAT OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE

Plan Now to Outlive your life

“Is this a tragedy?” John Piper asked an audience of 50,000 young people when he spoke of two 80 year old ladies, Ruby a nurse and Laura a retired doctor, who were killed instantly when their car went over a cliff in the Cameroons, where they were serving as missionaries.

I continued to watch the video of John Piper where he said, “What happened to these two ladies was no tragedy. But this is a tragedy.”

And then he told the story from a Readers’ Digest article about a couple aged 59 and 61, who took early retirement to live in a coastal development in Florida, USA to spend their …

SHAPING YOUR CULTURE……. By what you create or what you tolerate

Shaping

I was recently reminded of the valuable responsibility leaders have in shaping the culture of their organisation. They can shape their culture intentionally, or they can shape their culture by default.

This important lesson was brought home to me when I listened to a presentation by Danny Meyer, the CEO of a restaurant chain in America called Shake Shack. He spoke of how he chose to define the way he would shape the culture of his restaurant by “shaping the way that people would feel when they dined in one of the Shake Shack restaurants.” And it all started with the interview of prospective staff where staff are appointed not …