Showing posts from January, 2018

11 Ways To Make Your Church More Environmentally Friendly [infographic]

As the intersection between faith and the environment continues to increase in importance, it becomes more and more important for the Church to take it's environmental responsibility seriously.

Church is not a building, and church is much more than a weekly service but the fact remains that most churches are inexplicably linked to a building and utilise services.

Much of what we experience and use when we gather as a community has a negative impact on our environment, including our money; and we can do better.

There is also much hope found within the church. This can include churches generating their own electricity, organising beach cleanups, or growing their own food.

This infographic provides 11 practical ways that a church can begin to model environmental care to the whole community.

I have created a short free e-book that goes into each of the principles in much more detail, with practical ways to implement them. Click here to get your copy.

As mentioned above, I have created …

What Proverbs and Ecclesiastes Have To Say About The Self Help Movement

Last year I really got into the self-help movement.

It came off the back of reading “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”* and realising all the good things that it said.
I read many of the greats: Dale Carnegie, James Allan, Chip & Dan Heath, Malcolm Gladwell, David Schwartz, Jen Sincero.* I took on board what they said.
2017 was going to be my year.
It was the year that I was going to be fitter, healthier, and more productive than any time previously.
I was going to get up early.
I was going to exercise every day and be healthy.
I was going to utilise every productivity hack available and build the life I dreamed of.
I started off really well.
I was doing all of the above.
Then in early spring, I got Tonsilitis.
Then after that, I got another sickness. And another.
Then after that, I started to develop a pain in my foot.
Then after that, I was moved from the job that I loved.
Then after that, I developed a terrible virus that wiped out my energy for months.
Then, due to …

Ancient Philosophy, The Case For Christ And What To Do With Your Ambition - What I Learnt This Month

Last month I started a new section on my blog called 'What I Learnt This Month'. 
It is a great place for me to catalogue what I have learnt. I hope that it is also a great place for you to find great new resources to aid in your learning.

This post covers what I learnt in December 2017.

*Please note that the book link in this post is an affiliate link. This means that I receive a small percentage of the book cost if you buy it through the link* Course - Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors This course was created by Pennsylvania University and I completed it through Coursera. The type of course is called a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course). This means three things:

      1. A lot of people are taking it at any one time.
2. It is entirely online.
3. It is entirely free.

If you have never heard of a MOOC or never taken one then I highly recommend it. The main three MOOC providers areCoursera, Edx and Udemy.

The course is the second part of another course I took a while…

My 2017 Goals – How I Did (and What My Goals for 2018 Are)

*Please note that any book links within this post are affiliate links. This means that if you buy a book through the link, I receive a small percentage of the book price.*

Each year I create a list of goals that I intend to achieve by the end of that year.

I think that it is great for accountability to state these publicly, but I also hope that it helps someone else creating their goals.
Why Goals? A lot of my goal setting tips come from the book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, which is an incredible book.

The first habit in the book is about being proactive.

Without goals, we are more likely to wander through life and not achieve any of the things that we want to achieve.

I often speak to people about the hopes and dreams that they have. When I ask them what they are doing to help them achieve these dreams the answer is usually nothing.

To this end setting goals helps us to create concrete steps that help us move towards the more long-term things that we want to achieve.