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What to Do When God Says No

I grew up, like many of you, reading lots of Uncle Arthur Bedtime Stories. Stories that showed when you pray things get fixed, found, protected…

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Accept the Individual, Not the Behaviour

Shane had remarried and had other children, but still felt a sense of obligation to the children from his first marriage. Tobacco smoke was his…

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Send Consistent Signals

I was travelling home by plane recently and a stressed young family came aboard and then sat across the aisle from me. They had two…

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Model Repentance

“It is him or me!” The Physical Education teacher glared at me and spat out the words. It had been a quiet afternoon with the…

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Keep Things Simple

She had been in over 20 foster homes. Each home had their own set of rules. Some were complex. Some seemed to have no rules…

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Let the Natural Consequences Reign

While listening to idle chatter in the boy’s dorm one evening, it became clear that one of the senior students had acquired some things from…

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Look at the Context

A New Zealand Catholic priest on Kiribati (a small Pacific atoll on the equator) provided me with one of the greatest challenges to my reflections…

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Treat All the Same – But Differently

The hallmark of Christian discipline is to show the same individual care. However, fairness and consistency are not always the same. Teachers and parents walk…

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Admit When You are Wrong

We make no claims as teachers to be perfect. We make mistakes. Let’s use those opportunities to model how to respond and apologise when it…

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Take the Time to be Fair

There is no substitute for spending time with our children or students. You may read articles that speak about “quality time.” It is important that…

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Adventist Education: An Eternal Focus

The word Eternity was featured over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the 21st millennium New Year celebration. This was the legacy of Arthur Stace, a…

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Adventist Education: Home, School and Church Working Together

When I was interviewing a family for my dissertation, the father reflected on values reinforcement and faith development. He stated, “I think it is important…

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