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How’s Your Brand?

It’s day one of my new job. The facilitator is teaching us upstarts about the importance of building a personal brand for ourselves. ‘A personal brand is a curated perception of what you are known for at work, based on your deliberate actions, decisions and words,’ she says. ‘It forms the basis of your reputation, and’ she raises her eyebrows suggestively, ‘a good reputation can take you very far.’ There is a lot of talk going on about crafting a personal brand … being known as a smart, hard-working, or reliable employee is almost as important as actually being one....

Review: Practicing Thankfulness by Sam Crabtree

If there was ever a part of Scripture that shows thankfulness and gratitude it is Psalm 100. As King David writes: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Ps 100:4) When I read this, I think David must’ve been in a really good mood the day this came from his pen. Because as I write this—toward the end of Melbourne’s fourth lockdown—I don’t imagine myself so much entering his courts voluntarily but God having to pull me in by my collar as I fight the feelings of...

Rethinking Productivity and Love in Pregnancy

I normally blog first thing in the morning, but as of this moment, it’s 4:20 in the afternoon and the winter sun is already making its way down the yellowing horizon. Sigh. Where did my day go? Usually, you’ll catch me typing fast and furiously at my local cafe, surrounded by hustle and bustle and powered by coffee and creative juice. But today, I’m bouncing at home on a birth ball, sluggish and sleep-deprived, 33 weeks pregnant. What was I talking about again? Baby Brain, insomnia, back pain and intensifying Braxton Hicks have popped up to slow me down. With only one...

The Struggle to Rest

We have forgotten how to rest. In a time where many in Melbourne are exhausted by the broken routines and anxieties caused by pandemic restrictions, workplaces and churches are gearing up to work harder still. We are forming plans to steer into our uncertain future while most of our people are struggling with weariness. At this time we need something different; to learn how to seek God in rest again. The values of our times are against what the Bible means by rest. I suspect this is because there is little money in it. Our vacations, entertainment, amusements and hobbies are...

What Does Menopause Tell us about God, and about Ourselves?

The “M” word (Menopause) garners different reactions. If you are my age (late 40s), you might be interested and trepidatious—this is your immediate future. If you are young, you might think it has nothing to do with you. If you are male, you may even roll your eyes and wonder why we are going on about women’s issues again. Menopause is a “women’s issue” that is easily overlooked. But discussion is beginning to take us on a more helpful curve. Rachel Jones’ recent book A Brief Theology of Periods (see TGCA review), helps to bring these issues helpfully and gracefully...

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