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DIPLOMATIC NOTES
The power of priorities

As I considered the power issues being experienced in The Bahamas, I was reminded of the importance of priorities. One has to ask the question why? Why are we still

Maximizing your potential

As the new school year begins young people are faced with some tough choices. For some, school is dreaded while for others, school is a time of rejoicing. Many will

Respect each other, disagree amicably and live in peace

A disturbing trend has emerged that has grown more intense in the past decade and has reached a point of intensity that it is causing great distress but is still

Move beyond complaints to action

This week I noticed something that went largely under the radar, but I found it to be a significant statement and an example of a person with influence acting and

Food diplomacy

Daniel was one of several intelligent young men from Israel who were taken captive and later elevated to the position of governor because of personal excellence. Most of us focus

Energy, economy and the environment

I have observed over the past few months information that has been disseminated regarding the Oban Energy deal designated for Freeport, Grand Bahama. Based on what has emerged so far,

Sexy or nasty?

The Bahamas appears to be a part of a global trend in reducing the amount of clothes that women wear in public. Of course each of us have a right

I am for gender equality, not sameness, confusion or illusion

One of the raging discussions today is the subject of gender equality and gender identity. It is important to navigate the debate effectively through common sense and basic information. Let’s

Our energy situation

One of the harsh realities facing The Bahamas is that we have woefully inadequate and overprice electricity. It is not something new or unknown, but it is something that has

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
Remembering Uncle James Julius Catalyn

Wonderful uncles cannot die - at least we thought that way as children. Our dearest uncle, James Julius Catalyn, who we, with much affection, called “Uncle James,” had been the

Sexual harassment

Too often we hear of cases of sexual harassment in the work place. The workplace should be emotionally safe for both employees and employers. However, far too many people do

When religion causes pain

Toxic faith or when religion becomes poisonous is causing havoc in the home, community and the church. Toxic faith or poisonous religion freezes people in a state of legalism, rigidity,

Working together for a cleaner country

Last week I wrote about “Bahamian dogs” that are determined to do what they know as right and proper — keeping the streets and communities of The Bahamas dirty and

Lessons learned from Bahamian dogs

The handsome, brown-coated Bahamian dog strutted down the road. His eyes scanned left then to his right. He was looking to see if humans left on the side of the

Are you a violent parent?

Are you a violent parent? If your children would choose just one word to describe you as a parent, what word would that be — bossy, bully, grumpy, biggity, rough,

The best summers are planned and organized

The summer has begun. This means that thousands of children are not in school and are doing things that they dreamt of doing during the school year. Summer vacation for

Husbands are equally responsible in home management

Some wives, and husbands, just don’t get it — that it is not the husband’s role to help his wife with housework. They are equally responsible with their partner to

Gender equality: celebrating our differences

Why are so many people confusing gender equality with sameness? Some individuals think that gender equality has to do with body parts, tasks, and abilities. Gender equality is not sameness

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
Appreciate what God has given you

“This is the day that the Lord hath made: We will rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24 Our text today is a well-known musical score and is sung

The Lord is our shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. — Psalm 23:1 I am like the jockeys on their horses that come out of the gates for the Kentucky Derby. They

The answers to our troubles are found in the Bible

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing

Repent, confess and forsake evil ways

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?’” – Jeremiah 32:26-27 Two weeks ago, on the

God’s grace has brought us through

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that

Be bold and tell it like it is

“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold

Love or fear?

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” –

Be zealous in your efforts to advance the kingdom

“Then he said, ‘Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.’ He answered, “For the sake of ten

Victory will be ours

“Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” – 2 Chronicles 20:15 Some years ago, what was considered as a

SAVING GRACE
Many people need lifestyle changes

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” “What should we

Come, Lord Jesus, come

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will

Be vigilant and faithful

“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of

God is in control

As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not

God’s promises are more dependable than the sun or the moon

Last Sunday we celebrated Remembrance Day. This special day commemorates the sacrifices that brave and selfless young men and women made with their lives during the wars, particularly World War

What a glorious day when the church militant becomes the church triumphant

… And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Look to Jesus for righteousness

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will

Do not let wealth become a stumbling block to the kingdom

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said

Do you think you are perfect?

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal