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God Wants You To Ask The Big Questions

Once you’ve made it to your mid-twenties, life can often be summarised by three words from the movie Finding Nemo: “just keep swimming.” You’ve got bills to pay, a career to progress in, and possibly a wedding or your own little family to account for. There are plenty of motivators that will form their own little choir of Dorys, constantly...

Do Christians Need to Start Taking Gossip Seriously?

When was the last time a Christian you know worshipped the Canaanite god Baal? Personally, I’ve never caught someone in that particular act of idolatry. What about violence? When was the last time someone from church committed assault? Still pretty rare, but you might be able to think of an example or two. What about gossip? When was the last...

Is Social Media Destroying Our Personalities?

When we are growing up, our sense of right and wrong is largely shaped by whatever our parents praise or punish us for. The style of clothing we wear is largely determined by whatever is considered fashionable by those around us. The career we pursue is usually prompted by what other people have told us we are (and aren’t) good...

Why We Can’t Stay Afraid Of Constructive Criticism

I stared at the bathroom mirror in horror. I had just arrived home from a formal dinner to discover, firmly wedged between my front teeth, a substantially-sized salad leaf. Salad had been part of the entrée, meaning this piece of greenery had been stuck between my incisors for the last three hours. It had been present through least a dozen...

20 End-Of-Year Reflection Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

The 1st of January is right around the corner and you know what that means – it’s New Year’s Resolution time! For the next two weeks it’s going to be squatting room only at your local gym, self-help blogs will enjoy a spike in their traffic, and you’re going be wading through a flood of “New Year, New Me” captions...

Should Christians Have A 5 Year Plan?

Recently, I was asked by a friend what my 5 year plan is. He is an extremely motivated sort of person – the type of guy who listens to Tony Robbins audiobooks while training for his next triathlon. I don’t have a 5 year plan, and I never have. But after our conversation, I couldn’t shake the thought that maybe...

13 Things You Need To Do In Your Twenties To Massively Benefit Your Future Self

While we are in our twenties, we have an incredible opportunity to benefit our future self. This isn’t just because we’re probably making big life decisions, like the degree we will study or the person we’ll marry. It’s because the choices we make now have the potential, over the next 50+ years, to have a massive benefit. If you’ve ever...

I’m A New Dad!

Imagine a nice middle-aged woman walking up to you on the street. She hands you a baby girl and says, “She’s yours now, take good care of her!” Standing there, holding that baby, you’d probably be feeling a few different things – baffled, confused and fundamentally, totally, out of your depth. That’s pretty much what I was feeling the first...

Are You Making Time In Your Twenties To Massively Benefit Your Future Self?

With a baby on the way and the looming prospect of supporting our little family on a single income, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time recently reading personal finance books. Mostly, this has been in the hopes of finding one where the pages are stuffed with $100 bills. Alas. Invariably, the core principle of these books is that...

Why Are Adult Friendships So Hard?

Over the past three years I’ve lived in three different countries. This, I’ve learnt, is an excellent way to get rid of excess “stuff.” When you’ve only got two suitcase's worth of luggage, it’s easy to say goodbye to that sweater you never wear or the book series you finished three years ago. It’s also a good way to get...