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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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Walking the road of life

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Having had some experience in my workplace with the use of finger labyrinths as a meditation device, I was keen to attend the recent Postcard Radio event, giving the opportunity to walk a labyrinth.

Rev Rick Zweck gave us a wonderful introduction to the use of labyrinths throughout history, and across the world, drawing a wonderful link between a pilgrimage walk and that of the labyrinth. Read More

Are you walking the beat or behind the desk?

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I was recently looking back through some old photos and came across a photo of my Swearing in as a Queensland Police Officer back some 25 years ago. They were great memories and made me reflect on the huge amount of training and study that went into getting me to that point.

It made me think about how amazing it was to get to that point. But also the harsh challenge that we were not trained to just get to the swearing in ceremony but for a greater cause. We couldn’t just get our uniform on, strap a gun to our side, get our badge in the pocket and then sit behind a desk. We went through that significant process to leave the Police Station. Read More

Finding and following your calling resources

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In conjunction with Churches of Christ Qld Centrifuge Conference, we have put together a number of resources to help you explore the ideas of Vocation and Calling.

These resources can be found in two parts. The first section contains resources for individuals wanting to explore this idea of living a meaningful life, where work is something more than what we just do to pay the bills or support our real passion. Read More

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

Time to go to school…

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On Friday I visited the open day of Holland Park Mosque as part of a big year challenge.  It was quite interesting and the people there were friendly, accommodating and articulate. In fact the leader of the Mosque (not the Imam) would have communicated as well as Michael Frost and was very passionate in his main message which was,  ‘we are completely love, peace and security. The rest of it is all geopolitical tensions’.

I would like to ask you all a quick question.

If I asked you right now to spend 3mins telling me what you know about what Muslims believe, practice and what motivates them, what would you say? 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