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The Unexpected Encounter (Balaam’s Donkey)

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Each of us carry a certain set of assumptions about how God might encounter us. These assumptions become a box that limit our ability to recognize who God may want to speak through or how he may do it. In order to break this box we need to learn to expect the unexpected. If God can “open the mouth of the ass” then he can surely use anyone and anything to get our attention.

(Numbers 22:15-33)

The Stool (How Position Affects Power)

Stool on StagePeople sometimes joke with me saying that they can always tell when I’m going to preach because there is a stool on the platform. Perhaps two stools, maybe even three. Let’s just say that the humble stool has become a bit of a calling card for me.

So why the stool? Do I get so tired after such expressive hand gestures that I need to sit down and recover? Perhaps. But it’s about so much more than that. The stool is a communications tool, one that is well worth understanding and embracing.

Most people would be aware that body language is the most significant factor in effective communication with some studies suggesting that its contribution to a message is up to 85%. Body language includes a number of factors, most particularly eye contact, gestures, mouth expression, and position.

Position is where the stool comes in. Position sends a message to your audience about who has the power, and how much power that person has. Position, while often interpreted subconsciously, involves a number of factors including the environment, props and posture, which all contribute to a statement of power that must be taken into consideration if your public speaking is to be effective as both authoritative and relatable.

Listen for the power dynamics at play as we break down the things worth considering as a communicator: Read More…

Australians Together (Seek Understanding)

 

Sometimes our response to matters of injustice must be counter-intuitive. When it comes to Australia’s history and treatment of our indigenous brothers and sisters this is most definitely the case. Ignorance is unacceptable, being informed only takes us so far – but to seek understanding, is to live reconciliation.

Do you need to STOP, LOOK or LISTEN?

(Luke 16:19-31)

Jesus Goes Beyond Fair

 

As Christians, equity isn’t good enough. Equity would leave us hanging on a cross.

Christmas is a season to be reminded that Jesus goes beyond fair – that in contrast to the exchange of presents that we often see this season, grace is a true gift that cannot be earned, but instead must be humbly accepted with thanksgiving…and maybe hugs.

Sheldon Cooper knows it. Now you can too.

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