Prepare your talks

Public Speaking? – Please, prepare your talk

When I see someone getting up to make a speech, deliver a sermon or do any kind of public speaking, there’s this moment of either relief or fear for me. I am relieved when the person takes out their notes and begins to talk. The fear comes when they say, “I didn’t prepare anything, but … Read more

Goal setting

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! Get fresh with setting goals – Part 2

If you haven’t read part 1, it will take a few minutes to do so. I don’t really recall the moment when I began to set goals again. I have had a general resistance to setting certain kinds of goals. I heard all that stuff about, “setting realistic goals”, and “setting faith goals” and “big … Read more

Be the change

How to take the speck out of someone else’s eye or How to get law and order back into society

Sometimes I count the number of cars that tailgate each other after the traffic light has turned red. It really ticks me off when cars intentionally drive through the red. On Monday, Christine and I drove up the North Coast and there must have been a speed trap at least every 15 km or so. … Read more

Easter time

What Easter means to me

I remember so clearly as a child rushing around our garden hunting for Easter Eggs. My brother was 3 years older than me and generally found more eggs than I did. Fortunately, my parents would insist that we share out the Easter eggs evenly once we had found them all. Then when I came into … Read more

Lonelines

Dealing with setbacks (Why do bad things happen to good people)

I had been in pastoral ministry for a few years when one of the young couples in our church experienced a tragedy of epic proportions. Their two-year-old child drowned in a swimming pool accident. Nothing would ever be the same for them and their grief would be something they would process for rest of their … Read more

Stopping rape is a conversation

Can we change the view of masculinity in South Africa and bring about an end to rape?

My friend and perhaps “cause mentor”, Justin Foxton, sent me an article from the Mail & Guardian which highlights issues of men, violence and sexuality. According to a 2009 Medical Research Council study conducted among men between the ages of 18 and 49 in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, one in 10 South African men … Read more

Little boy in a Super Hero costume

Develop your strengths and manage your weakness

Developing your strengths and managing your weaknesses.   About 6 years ago I was returning from attending the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago. I had a brief visit with my wife’s two brothers and their families in Raleigh, North Carolina. While waiting to catch a plane for my long trip home I began to think … Read more