New beginnings are so empowering!

That very word, beginning, carries with it the joy of a new birth, the hope of a better future and the peace that the past is irrelevant.

Such a powerful word!

Recently, I outlined Why I Was Quiet in 2017. It wasn’t that I wasn’t active: I just didn’t find the strength to blog. And your response was so encouraging!

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2017 was also special year for all of western civilisation – whether they knew it or not. It was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the local notice board… which just happened to be church doors. The internet of his day was called the Gutenberg Press. Newly invented, it seized the opportunity to spread its technological connection with society.

The rest is history!

Here we are 500 years on, and many still appreciate the wildfire that burned through our western values.

  • Women were elevated.
  • Libraries were created.
  • Public education had its seedlings.

I was privileged to sit on a committee to help with local celebrations. There were plays, public talks, media displays, concerts – it was full on!

And I was privileged to act as Luther in a couple dramas.

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The committee that created the celebrations were with a local Presbyterian church. Presbyterian churches were an indirect creation of Luther. I was asked to deliver one of the public talks. They wanted to know more about the Beginning of their denomination.

The presentation is now available by book – paperback and Kindle! (Click on image below).

Thanks for your encouragement. I’m enjoying the new beginning 2018 has delivered.

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Empowering the People

The era of Reformation (1500’s – 1600’s) empowered the people. Up until that time, only the elite were allowed access to the great minds of humanity. Locked away in the original languages were thoughts, discussions and growth of what it means to be human. The Reformation believed in the power of the people. It believed the common person possessed the ability to comprehend the lofty thoughts guarded by the elite. They just needed it in their own language.

And so there was an explosion of literature in the common tongue.

The printing press was invented to quench the thirst for rediscovered knowledge. Classic literature was reproduced on a massive scale in German, French, English and every other language imaginable. And just as the printing press made redundant hand copying of manuscripts, electronic devices today mean physical printing is no longer required. They have detonated a burst of information articulating ancient principles for application.

My latest work 56 Notions of Success is part of that explosion.

My Divinity studies introduced me to ancient languages and their English translations. What I found fascinating was how success was used only one time in the entire Reformation English Bible (the Authorized Version).

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. –Joshua 1:8

The text was written thousands of years before the Reformation. Scholars of that day empowered the people by translating it into our common tongue. And today we grapple with understanding what it means to possess “good success”.

The text instructs that good success is discovered through thoughtful actions. Meditation on written precepts inspire you “to do” and “make” your way prosperous.

I am excited for you to read 56 Notions of Success. It will take you across a magic compass pointing to Results, Thoughts, Motivation, and Action. These compass points were inspired by key words in the Reformation translation: mouth (Results), meditate (Thoughts), observe (Motivation), and make (Action).

Each point contains 14 distinct notions of success. The 14 notions for Results confirm time-tested tools proven to gain success. The 14 notions for Thought draw from personal experiences of the author’s own success. The 14 notions for Motivation will inspire you onto success through self-empowering principles. The book ends with 14 notions for Actions: practical tools for reaching your own success.

You now have access to these age-old principles articulated with post-Reformation application. And the tradition of empowering the people continues!

56 Notions of Success