How To Find Wisdom

Jessica, Amanda and Sarah—the most popular baby names for girls born in 1986. Sophia, a favourite choice of today’s parents, barely even featured on lists. My mum and dad met at Bible college in the 80s: a pair of Daniel-dieting Christian hippies. Inspired by their radical faith, they named me Sophia. Whenever I met someone…

What we don’t tell first-time mums

A well-documented phenomenon occurs regularly around pregnant first-time mums and I can’t help but take part. Let’s call it The Realism Checklist. Maybe it’s because pregnant women glow too much from all those pregnancy hormones? Never fear, we—your fellow mums and card-carrying, seasoned professionals—are overwhelmed by the need to prepare you for what’s ahead. I…

God wants you to be miserable–and other lies

I moved to beautiful Sydney just over a year ago, and let me tell you—there is a lot to like about this city! Beautiful warm days, gorgeous beaches, great food, and the people are pretty friendly too. And yet I get the distinct feeling the city is out to get me. Last year I heard…

How I combat writer’s block

One of our writers sent me a question this week: how do I combat writer’s block? The struggle is real! I’m guessing most, if not all, of us have experienced writer’s block at some stage. Here are a few things I find helpful: Go for a walk. It might sound counterproductive, but light exercise will…

How to write a faith-inspired opinion piece

I work with a fantastic group of young writers who are pros at mining their everyday lives for inspiration for comment pieces. It can sometimes be tricky to strike the right balance with a faith-based opinion piece. The most common pitfall is resisting the temptation to turn your piece into a devotional or a sermon….

How to parent in public

Cucumber, lettuce, tomato… with effortless repetition the teenage boy at the checkout scans my groceries, the bleep bleep punctuating the bustling of a busy supermarket. Suddenly the tantruming wails of a small child echo loudly from the next checkout, and pained cries drown out the bleep bleeps and rustling of plastic bags. The checkout boy…

Do you write a journal?

Today’s tip: maintain a journal. The benefits of regular journaling are well documented. Journaling improves retention of information, helps you process events, and work through complex ideas. Many famous writers used journaling to aid creativity and develop their work prior to publication. I was a passionate journal-er in the past, and still have my very…

The Sinclair Collection: What we’re about

We’ve had our blog up and running for just over a year. The Sinclair Collection aims to collect all the different parts of our online lives in one spot for our family, friends, supporters and anyone else to check out what we’re up to. Who’s writing? Most of the writing and updating is done by…

Is Jesus the Answer?

Answering questions seemed easy as a kid. At Sunday school it seemed like nine out of ten times the answer was ‘Jesus’. It was easy to put your hand up and have something to say. But as an adult the questions that confront us about our faith seem far more daunting. ‘What about all this…

How to ruin Christmas

My sisters and I joke that we grew up with the Christmas Grinch. Our mum hates the commercial fuss of Christmas and has always tried to avoid the material focus: no tree, no decorations, and no fussy Yuletide crafting sessions. Occasionally my sisters and I would rally, decorating a bedraggled tree we found on the…

Peace on earth… Are you kidding me?

I love Christmas. I get nostalgic and excited for delicious food and treats. I enjoy the nativity scenes and other decorations. I’m a sucker for a good Christmas carol and love to sing along. But in all the happiness and fun with family and friends have you ever stopped to think about some of the…

Four things you didn’t know about ‘O Holy Night’

What do Mariah Carey, the cast of Glee and South Park’s Eric Cartman have in common? They’ve all recorded the Christmas classic O Holy Night. This Christian favourite is a powerful hymn that reduces many to tears and conveys both the majestic glory and redemptive aspects of the Christmas story. Well known for its beautifully…