Christ centred leisure

The first thing that caught my attention when I opened Stephen Trombley’s book – Fifty thinkers who shaped the modern world, is a quote by Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651): “Leisure is the mother of philosophy.” After that, I wanted to know the first-person Stephen profiled. He was Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804), a German philosopher…

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Book influence

Warren Buffet who turned 92 few days ago is highly revered in investment and business circle for his wisdom and leadership. However, he was once a slightly nerdish young man, who at the age of twenty was frightened to death to stand up in front of people and speak to them. Then he discovered Dale Carnegie’s course on public…

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Be ‘drunk’ with what will benefit you 

Laughing gas canisters, one of the most widely used recreational drugs among young people in the UK, are rising in popularity and getting bigger. Sadly, this has resulted in an epidemic of nitric oxide induced spinal cord and nerve damage. If this trend continues, we can expect to see many paralyzed young people from laughing gas cannisters. Probably, these…

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Wise, godly and wealthy

I have been thinking recently about the Biblical Joseph of Arimathea.  Joseph was wise, wealthy and a faithful follower of Christ who exemplifies the type of person I have always aspired to be. His life teaches me that I can be highly successful in every aspect of life and at the same time serve the Lord enthusiastically. Joseph who along…

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Missions and change strategy

Missions and change are perhaps two of most the important things in life. ‘Missions’ is the heartbeat of God and therefore it should be important to us too. We should have a strategy to support missions with our prayer and money and also decide to go on missions ourselves even if it is for a short period. Change on…

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The only safe place

I have heard and read about car hijacking incidents a number of time but I never imagined myself being at the scene of one. But it happened to me recently when I was about picking my daughter at a holiday club in a very quiet suburb of Durban. After parking, another parent parked beside my car. That fateful Thursday afternoon,…

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Pray the Lord’s Prayer Obediently

I once shared on this platform about the Jews that walked into the gas chamber of Auschwitz concentration camp uttering the Lord’s prayer. The words offered them hope, consolation and strength in the midst of the genocide and mass atrocities. It was also the same prayer Dr. Rick Sacra turned to in an Ebola ravaged country in 2014.  Dr.  Sacra was…

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Hunger for the real food

A friend of mine recently lent me Viktor Frankl’s book – Man’s search for meaning. Before accepting the book from him I had shared with him about a similar book. The hunger for significance by R. C. Sproul. These books’ titles remind me that humans are always hungry for things including meaning and significance. Take for example, success. Is…

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Free but not cheap

After I shared about a hybrid workshop that I recently organized, someone asked whether she needed to pay an entry fee. I replied “it is free!” It was free because National Research Foundation (South Africa) provided the fund that was used to pay for the workshop venue including catering for 40 delegates that attended physically. It was free because…

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Become a smart investor

More than three hundred years ago, Sir Isaac Newton owned shares in the South Sea Company, the hottest stock in England. Sensing that the market was getting out of hand, the great physicist mumbled that he ‘could calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of the people.’ Newton sold all his South Sea shares, pocketing…

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