When I first started work, I was given the opportunity to climb the Radio tower at Mount Cootha in Brisbane. We climbed up the outside of the tower (without safety harness) for more than 100 metres. Everything below us was so small. The vehicle we came in was the size of one joint of my […]
Have you ever been going through the motions of your everyday life when suddenly something from your past reaches back through time, grabs you by the collar, and whisks you back to a situation or event you had almost forgotten?
I felt like that today when you introduced yourself and told me you belonged to […]
Base jumping in zero gravity?
What? That doesn’t make sense, does it?
Base jumping is the ultimate dangerous sport, the thrill to end all thrills, pitting oneself against all the laws , defying the law of gravity, looking death in the face and breaking any number of laws designed to protect people […]
I was at a turning point in my life. I knew I was in for some big changes, as the two significant positions I held in my public and community life were coming to the end of their terms in the same year.
There is no way I could have imagined how catastrophic those […]
Recently I watched a group of girls performing synchronised dance routines on stage. It was a very polished performance and all were very professional and of a high standard. After watching for a while, one girl stood out. This young lady was giving all she had, with a smile of exultation as she completed each […]
As a youth I served an apprenticeship. The idea was that I would learn from the master tradesmen, and in time I would be as good as they were. I was indeed fortunate that these men were willing to teach me by repetition and that the lessons learnt equipped me not only for the job […]
Giants! What thoughts do they conjure up in your mind? Your giants may be bigger than my giants, uglier, more intimidating. Yet some of mine have been absolutely awesome.
My journey has taken me along many and varied paths. I’ve climbed a few trees to try to see the way ahead at times, trying […]
My best time at school was undoubtedly in Grade 6. I still remember fondly the agriculture project I did with another student, the sense of camaraderie and the exhilaration of a job well done. Our teacher Miss Anne was the key. She was big on encouragement, and my marks were in the top three, because […]
How incredible is it that different translations of the Word of God can deeply divide those who say they are His people?
In talking about division, I am reminded of the time King Solomon suggested to use a sword to settle an argument between two women because they both claimed to own the surviving baby […]
Have you ever heard of anyone who wrote a eulogy that was read at their own funeral? A little while ago I heard of a man who after reading an inspiring life story at a funeral, described how it had been written over twenty years before by his deceased friend, who had decided this was […]