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5 Reasons Millennials Struggle to Find Mentors

When you're in your 20s and 30s, sometimes all you want is someone older to help guide your way. Here are five reasons millennials struggle to find mentors. One of the biggest issues I get raised to me by people in my age group is the question of finding the right mentors for this season of life. The ages between 20 and 40 are drastically diverse, and seeking direction from your peer group who are struggling with divergent issues to your own can be difficult. Sure, at the start of our 20s, all of us are in a similar boat - ...

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This was taken by me at the end of last year on a cruise of the Brisbane River

7 Things I Love About Brisbane (And 2 I Don't...)

Brisbane, Australia is probably the best city in the whole world. Or at least to me. Here are seven things I love about Brisbane. Okay, so I can't comment on the excellence of Brisbane in California (which is pronounced "Brisbaaaane" instead of what the Australians call "Bris-bin"), and I can't comprehensively rule out the greatness of all the other cities on earth, but my personal bias leads me to loving the city I was born in. Like most Brissie babies I was born at the Mater Hospital (now the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital), and have lived here for the majority of ...

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You Need To Stop Lying To Your Friends

I know you mean well and I know you think you have good intentions, but you really need to stop lying to your friends. Two of my friends recently hosted a corporate fundraiser in order to raise funds and awareness for one of their big events coming up fairly soon. The event is known as The Uprising and is centred around highlighting the state of the mental health of youth across Australia. The fundraiser featured the captain of the Brisbane Broncos, Darius Boyd, who shared his own personal struggles with anxiety and depression. Having lost several male figures in his life, ...

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Smashed Avo, $4 Coffees & 3 Things Millennials Don't Want to Hear

Another week, another off kilter comment on why millennials will never afford their own house. But are smashed avo, $4 coffees and our generation really such a sensitive combination? Above is the Avo-Latte. You may have seen this one doing the rounds in the past week. A cafe in Melbourne initially launched this idea, and it has been getting quite a bit of traction among different cafes. The move comes as, once again, there have been comments made about the millennial generation who wants to buy smashed avo, $4 coffees, and travel the world, and then complain they can't buy a ...

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My Problem With Covenant vs. Contract

Are all commitments unconditional? Are all promises kept regardless of what the other person does? Or are we grossly oversimplifying the truth? Here's my problem with "Covenant vs. Contract". In the 80s and 90s, people of faith were swept by the phrase, "It's not a religion, it's a relationship". The term religion had been broadly used to describe the Christian worldview, from its customs to its outworking in daily life. If you regularly went to church or the tabernacle, you upheld certain traditions and lived your life a certain way, you were said to be religious. One day, somebody woke up ...

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10 Things People Don't Usually Know About Me

Looks can be deceiving, and even after knowing someone for a while, they can still surprise you. Here are 10 things I find that people don't usually know about me. Isn't it amazing how long you can know someone and they can still surprise you? I remember catching up with some people last week I had known for several years, and finding out things I never knew about them. Jobs I never knew they had, fears I didn't know they carried, issues they had faced in their families. It was a real surprise. I find it fascinating if I ask people ...

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When What You Love Dies - Easter 2017

A seemingly broken promise, the end of hope, and the death of what was supposed to be. This Easter, what do you do when what you love dies? It is a time of great uncertainty in the world today. There have been numerous attacks and great tragedies across multiple nations. Governments are in breakdown, millions of dollars are being removed from people's livelihoods because of the actions of a single plane crew, children are being shot in schools, and at the time of writing this, I am hoping that a thermonuclear war hasn't broken out. And yet I feel like in light of ...

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10 Reasons We Withhold Love From Each Other

Everyone wants to be loved, and yet so many times, love is the hardest thing for us to express and receive. Here are 10 reasons we withhold love from others, and maybe why they withhold it from us. I like to climb the nature reserve next to my house every Saturday morning, and yesterday I was joined by a friend of mine. He's a pretty smart guy and likes asking questions about things he already has good ideas about in an attempt to learn more about it. Yesterday he asked me what my thoughts were on what it means ...

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Beauty And The Beast 2017 Review: An Ironically Realistic Love Story

Tale as old as time... but is it worth seeing again this time? Here's my Beauty and the Beast 2017 Review. I have the great fortune of living walking distance from a cinema. Granted that it's a 20 minute walk up and down some hills that even some cars will struggle on, but even so. Tonight as I was choosing a movie to watch, I was easily able to extend my selection to those at my local Event given its proximity. I chose to brave the rain and have a look at Disney's latest live adaption remake in a string of ...

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Are You Actually A Christian?

She's doing all the right things, but her heart is far away... he's a church leader, but he unapologetically abuses his family... are you actually a Christian? NB. The following post is intended for a professing Christian audience and addresses some very raw subject matter. You have been warned. It's 5am on a Saturday morning, and I'm awake churning a number of difficult cases I've heard over the past few years, as well as some of the most contentious, undiscussed passages of Scripture that are around. For those who know me, I try to tend more towards the encouraging and uplifting tones ...

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