Minute from a Minister


07
Jun 2020

I’m not sure what images this title conjures up for you, but what I am referring to is a phrase I have heard a lot recently – and not just in response to COVID–19 but many other things too. It’s the phrase, “I just can’t see how any good can come out of this“. To be sure, the question can be harmless; we can say things like this all the time. But it can also be dangerous. I say this because, if we start to really think and believe that nothing good......

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31
May 2020

I have just found another new favourite verse in the Holy Bible – woohoo! It is found in 3 John 14. And I guess you know what it is – well, perhaps you don’t – I didn’t until I read it this week in my daily private, devotional time. Here it is: I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Isn’t it a good one – well, it is for a guy like me. I don’t like zoom – although it is better than nothing. And I......

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24
May 2020

Now, I know that Economics probably doesn’t get you excited like it can me. But, I hope that in some ways you recently have been and are living out some ‘spiritual economics’ i.e. that you are practicing what I’m calling ‘spiritual constrained optimisation’. What?! I hear you say. Well, economics is about how best to allocate your limited resources (like your time, money, energy) in a way that optimises the outcomes in your life and the lives of others. And we are still living with many COVID–induced restrictions. So, how can you......

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17
May 2020

As a society we’re generally terrible at waiting for things. We look for the quickest moving aisle at the supermarket; we want new products and new releases now; and we can’t stand having to wait for a slow internet to download a game or movie or song. So many decisions we make as individuals and as a society express this impatience, and this desire for everything to be now reveals superficial, short term thinking. Even some churches make the mistake of believing you can have every blessing of success and health and......

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