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Ripples of change

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I had a meeting yesterday afternoon with a group of leaders from all kinds of different organisations and denominations to talk about the challenges that we face in affecting change through our various roles.

One of the most consistent questions that was raised, centred around the challenge of affecting change where resistance, opposition or even simply apathy existed in the leadership and management above or inherently within the organisation.

As we discussed these difficulties and the various endeavours that had been undertaken to overcome them, three things became clear to me:

1. The biggest contribution that we can make is to consistently work to affect the greatest influence that we can on the people around us
2. God’s Spirit is ultimately the one at work in all things to breathe existence into dust and life into dry bones
3. We need to be prepared to play a long game and work out how our egos will cope if and when our ideas are implemented by those above and around us without receiving any of the credit

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Who is your Jesus and how is he shaping you?

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I was asked to do some searching this week and come up with some videos that explored the question of who is Jesus.

As I swam through the ocean of material that is the internet, I was met with a whole series of different images, ideas and suggestions. There were the obligatory random vox pops, the heavily evangelistic message clips and of course the plethora of skeptic/denier videos.

In the midst of all of this I realised, from each of the productions, that the image that was being portrayed was the product of the deeply held ideas and beliefs of their creators. Regardless of whether or not I agreed with the portrayal that had been created, this was how they saw Jesus and thought was best to communicate his life and ministry with the world. Each of these productions flowed from the worldview of the individuals putting them forward. And as I evaluated them, I realised that I too was doing the same, I was judging the worth of each insight on the basis of how I perceived Jesus.

Don’t die daddy!

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“Daddy, don’t die today” is how every day is beginning at my house at the moment. As either my daughter, who’s 5, or I leave the house for the day. This is the mantra.

My response is pretty consistent, “I’ll do my best not to, but there’s no guarantees.”
And this is how my day began as I left the house on Monday to conduct the memorial service for a friend and colleague of mine who died, at age 40, from complications connected with her breast cancer treatment.

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Surviving the rebellion

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Some of my work colleagues were this week discussing the challenges of undertaking “knowledge work” and how to survive it.

Knowledge work is an idea coined by Peter Drucker which means work that consists primarily of creating, using and communicating knowledge, as opposed to manual labour. Any work whose focus consists of generating ideas, communicating and leading is knowledge work.

This means that essentially, it’s work that can follow you everywhere you go. It’s not limited to set times, locations or activities. It can be anywhere, everywhere and all the time.

As I followed the thread of the conversation I recalled a sermon that I’d heard that argued that there shouldn’t actually be a thing called work-life balance. We shouldn’t be compartmentalising our lives so as to distinguish one part as work from the other but should actually work towards integrating our work into the rest of our lives to ensure that we remain whole. Read More

Embracing love, releasing fear

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I found myself in a conversation with an older lady yesterday at work. After we’d discussed why she’d ended up in hospital, she moved the conversation onto all of the bad news, doom and gloom that is in the media at the moment. Young children accidentally run over, terrorist attacks in Sydney and now France, airplanes disappearing, being blown up or crashed by bad weather.
She expressed her fear at what was happening in the world and seeming lack of any way that these things could be combated.
I also recalled a conversation that I had with a friend of my wife’s towards the end of last year. She was travelling overseas without her family and, in light of all of the goings on around the globe had a very real sense of fear and dread about making the journey as she may never see her family again.
In a world constantly bombarded by news of the next horror or catastrophe, how are we to navigate the fear that sometimes rises within us that the next person to die could be us or our family? That our next journey might be our last?

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Proof of God: the power of love

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Over the last couple of months my family and I have been through a tumultuous time with the birth of our third child. Not only was this addition to our family quite unexpected, but just as we were getting our heads around the reality of it, she was born with a previously undetected cleft palate and small chin requiring her to have a permanent breathing and feeding tubes in her nose for up to the first 9 months of her young life.

Confronted by this new set of unknowns and dramatic changes to our loosely set plans, we struggled to fathom where God was in the midst of all this.

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We were hacked – Please help us stay in touch!

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Hi Postcard Radio (PCR) supporter,

This is just a quick note to ask for your help.

For those who’ve been here recently, you will have noticed that it’s changed a bit. This was somewhat forced on us after the site was hacked and corrupted by a very apologetic person who was trying to prove that they could destroy someone’s website. In the process of this “creative endeavour”, we lost all of the email addresses of those who supported us, wanted to stay updated on happenings and events, or generally liked following PCR’s story. Read More

Opening our hearts & minds to loving our Muslim neighbours

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In light of the struggle and tension that is surrounding us at the moment with regard to asylum seekers, war in the Middle East and the place of Islam in our community, we have compiled some resources to help those who are interested gain a broader insight into Islam, our shared beliefs and ways forward to a better future together.

On being: Vali Nasr — The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam

Mosaic Podcast: The Truth Between Us – Islam

Dave Andrews: Here I stand, 10 steps to nurturing change

John Dickson: A letter to my church

Relevant Magazine: Why you need more Muslim friends

Don’t End Up Having Just Visited the World

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I had an interesting day yesterday, finding myself involved with two separate incidents, the death of a baby and a young adult.

In these moments I’m reminded of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death for all of us.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about the importance of confronting death as I’ve been reading M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled and Beyond.

Quoting Senneca, Peck highlights that “Throughout the whole of life one must continue to learn to live, and what will amaze you even more, throughout life one must learn to die.” Peck suggests that this idea is about a “fearsome learning of how to consciously give up control of our lives when it’s approprariate to do so – and ultimately hand ourselves over to God.” This is the purpose of our life, championed by the inevitability of our death.

Yet our natural and ever increasing tendency as both individuals and a society, is to do everything to maintain and cling to control of our lives, resisting the opportunity to fully embrace life by denying and avoiding death.

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