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DIPLOMATIC NOTES
Finding the good

This past week we all watched in horror the catastrophic devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. We have never witnessed anything like this in The Bahamas; it tore our souls. The

After the storm

The unpleasant truth about life is that storms will come. Storms in multiple varieties – sometimes it is physical, sometimes it is spiritual, sometimes it may be financial – but storms are

Jay-Z, the NFL and change

An interesting development took place recently in the United States – in a surprise move, rapper and businessman Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports will work with the league on social justice

Formulate your plan

One of the pressing issues for most Bahamians this summer is the issue of load shedding (scheduled power outages). To say the least, it has been a painful experience. While

Focus on the fathers

The year is 2019 and the statistical landscape is, to put it mildly, less than encouraging. As a society we have a problem with fathers, or should I say the

Leadership challenges

The Bahamas today, like most nations of the world, is facing a leadership challenge. Some would call it a leadership crisis, but I prefer the term challenge. There are national

Principles of building a nation

Just a few weeks ago, The Bahamas celebrated its 46th birthday as a nation. But now, where do we stand? Who are we as a people? Where are we headed? From

Conflicts of interest and integrity

One global issue that never goes away is that of integrity, and companion issues like conflict of interest. Wherever power exists there is temptation to use access to power for

The incredible challenge of doing business in The Bahamas

One of the most complicated propositions of life in The Bahamas is operating in the business arena. On the surface, it may seem straightforward, but what I have discovered is

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
School rules for parents

The new school year is upon us. Parents, are you ready? Preparing for the new school year can be stressful for many parents. The purchasing of school supplies, shoes, socks, uniforms,

Hurting men

In this column, I address male woundedness that results in their sexual exploitation of women. Dr. Peter Rutter, author of “Sex in the Forbidden Zone”, states: “Masculine woundedness is an

What kind of husband are you?

Last week you read in this column about the five kinds of wives. Since then, I have received a number of requests to present the different kinds of husbands. That

What kind of wife are you?

Do you realize that we have at least five kinds of wives? Wives can be as troublesome and sweet as husbands. We cannot blame all of the vice in the

How to select a life-long partner

Question: I have been in many relationships with girls, and each time I think, this could be the one. But every time I start thinking that, the relationship goes sour.

Do not put your child’s grades on social media

I have noticed something that during recent years has become one of my concerns – it is how freely parents display their children’s end-of-term school grades, and sometimes the actual report

The age confusion

Having sex and driving a motor vehicle both demand a lot of energy and responsibility. Which one do you believe demands the greatest responsibility and accountability? I pose this question

Talk to your teens about sex 

Is it possible for today’s teens and young adults to remain sexually abstinent? Is it an out-of-date teaching or expectation? Before I explore these questions, I will give my definition

Parental power virus: a challenge in parenting

Have you ever heard about the parental power virus (PPV)? No, you haven’t because I created the term. I thought to share about this virus once more because it is

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
Time for us to be a righteous nation

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in

God’s eyes are on us

“Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not

We have been devastated but not forsaken

“Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; Lift up a standard for the people.” –

Dorian is a test to both saints and sinners

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” – Nahum 1:7 I was up at 4 a.m. to meet

It is prayer time

“And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.” – I Samuel 7:5 An old Negro spiritual reads: “If we ever needed the Lord

Lean on God

“Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.” –

Be specific in prayers

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” –

Be generous and ready to share

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in

Be generous and ready to share

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in

SAVING GRACE
The Beatitudes are blessings, not laws

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: Blessed are the poor

We serve a gracious God

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith

Be persistent in prayer life

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who

Be thankful for God’s blessings 

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They

We need to have faith

“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times

The humblest Christians are the best Christians

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ “He called a little child and had him stand among them.

Take advantage of opportunities to evangelize

“Jesus told his disciples: ‘There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear

God’s word will always lead us safely home

“Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and

We display our love for God through support for the needy

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to