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…

What will history say about you?

Earlier this year actor Ben Affleck was accused of selectively editing his family history. Affleck discovered he was a descendant of slave owners while filming for the US TV show Finding Your Roots and was so ashamed that he talked producers into removing the incriminating details. But when an investigation revealed Affleck’s influence over the…

In Fear of an Affair

Thousands of users were exposed when hackers released private data from the dating/hook-up site Ashley Madison. A foul smell wafting as closets full of skeletons were opened up; the stench of hidden mistakes and hypocritical promises. With the catchy slogan ‘life is short, have an affair’ it’s hardly surprising the hack has caused shockwaves in…

Have you clocked the Christian life?

I love a good computer game—especially a new one. As a kid I remember fighting my way to be first to play any new game we got. When we got the original Duke Nukem I wanted to be the first to complete the game. I wanted to be able to say I’d ‘clocked it’. I…

‘Time is Money’ is a Rip Off

No matter the culture, time plays a powerful role in shaping work, life and relationships. Our view of the clock shapes our perception of value.

Anonymity is the New Black

‘I told my family that I had a business trip and took a vacation by myself.’ ‘I told my kid she couldn’t have a cookie because I wanted to eat it myself after she went to bed.’ ‘I told my roommate I was going to the gym. And I did. I locked myself in and…

Annoying Jesus

People are annoying. You know the ones. Animal lovers who leave dog poo on the footpath. Drivers who insist on travelling under the speed limit but speeding at a passing lane. People without children who give new parents advice. The shopper with a full trolley of groceries in ‘10 items or less’ checkout. An annoying…