Tools to protect your time & your integrity

There are a few more tools that I need when I consider my use of computers and especially when I go online. Integrity tools I’d love to be able to confidently write that I can be trusted to surf the world-wide web without ever looking at pornography. I can’t so I use some tools that block it out and have helped me create healthy habits. OpenDNS¬†is my first line of defence. This changes the settings at the router so every device that uses our family Wi-fi gets this line of…

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Ministry can kill relationships

Kill is quite a strong word isn’t it? But I think it’s probably true – those who want to be about the work of the kingdom of God can end up losing it all because we make the work the most important thing. It’s a trap I think I fall into on a daily basis, but at least I’m starting to realise the trap is there in the first place. I notice it when I start another piece of work instead of heading home, when my schedule fills up and…

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A lament for letters

Over the past few days I’ve been sorting through the household paperwork and getting the filing in order. Bills to be paid, records to keep you know the sort of thing. Amongst the important but boring were some things of a more personal nature, a few photos, some certificates of achievement and a stack of letters. Most of them were written to me while I was a student (1993-1996) and while I was working in Burundi (1999-2000). Some of the letters contained nothing of any great note and they went…

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Book Review: The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness

I’m rapidly becoming a fan of Tim Chester’s books (I think I own 4 at last count) and I think you should be too. I’m convinced that most of us western Christians have a very poor handle on our time, we’re pushed around by the culture and our busyness makes our relationship with God thin and weak. Which isn’t surprising because Jesus’ warned us that this would be this case if we were preoccupied with the cares of this world. The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness tackles our priorities and…

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Through the eyes of a child

I’m not sure anything goes slower than a toddler learning to walk. First of all the steps are generally unsteady, the direction uncertain and the focus unclear. The toddler I have in mind is easily distracted. The dullest of twigs, stones and leaves all get special attention with a pause, crouch and close inspection. You’re lucky if you move a dozen steps (toddler steps mind) before some thought you can’t comprehend results in a sudden change of direction, often towards some hazard or other. In other words progress is painfully,…

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Adbusting: Radox

Some ads are subtle and others are less so like this one. They even have a website where you can learn good reasons to be selfish which is hardly a quality our nation is short of. Time is apparently ‘woman’s greatest enemy’ and the way to freedom, the way to harness time, the way to make it your friend is to be selfish, is to have more ‘me’ time. It’s a concept which I hear a lot, it’s an idea that is most definitely in the church, it’s in my…

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Getting things done

A few days ago I mentioned my reflections about improving my productivity (as I’m blogging late at night, I haven’t actually started applying these reflections yet). As this is the New Year I am not alone in thinking about this and fortunately for me, people far wiser than myself are engaged in this. See this set of posts from CJ Mahaney (HT: Gareth LLMK)

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