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Fathers in Tanzanian culture

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Most of the time our learning about Tanzanian culture is built on observation, but every now and then we get a brilliant opportunity to sit someone down and get them to explicitly answer questions we have. Recently we got to talking about family relationships with two student leaders. Since God […]

Students Speak 4


Making idle conversation last week, I mentioned to several people that Red Twin was coming to stay. Everyone I spoke to wanted to meet her, even people I was speaking to for the first time. Some even invited themselves over for a meal! I wondered how to interpret this. Was […]

Brave: Film Review


Against the backdrop of the medieval Scottish highlands, Brave presents wild-haired, free-spirited Merida. She is Pixar’s first female protagonist and, perhaps more significantly, Disney’s first heroine without a romantic connection by the end of the film. In our world where little girls’ futures are often reduced to finding the right […]

Learning from Nanny

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My Nanny died last weekend. I was in Adelaide speaking at a conference so I got to see her the night before. We’re currently in Adelaide for the funeral.  My family ended the death notice in the paper with my Nanny’s own self description, that she was ‘Completely His’.

On having a ‘firstborn son’

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Discerning readers of this blog’s comments will have picked up that our baby, due in July, is a boy. Our first child will be a son. Earlier this week, someone commented to me about how good this is ‘because having a firstborn son is so important in the Bible.’ Deep […]

Spending Christmas with ‘family’

I’ve been thinking about family this Christmas. It’s a bit hard not to! I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard ‘Christmas is about family’. From church on Christmas morning to Christmas Eve Carols from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, it has seemed to be the refrain of the […]