asirvada Blog

Things I should not share on Social Media

Not being one to spend my social life mostly “online” as some do these days, I am still astonished when I see people who should know better post certain matters of personal beliefs or views on “Social Media” without giving it much thought. According to Jeff Bullas, here is a list of 30 Things You Should Not Share On Social Media. What chicken...

The cost of impatience

  Apple released its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 19, and 24 hours after the products launched, more than 4 million of the devices were apparently sold. They say that heavy demand is making for delivery delays and waiting lists. In response, many people are apparently buying iPhones on eBay for more than twice their going rate. As for...

Minecraft or Minefield

My son Ethan (10yr) loves video games, in particular “Minecraft”.  Some days he would spend hours playing them.  Is there any redeeming value to video games? Some say that they could help him learn strategy and that some games might improve his hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.  This morning, he was very excited and said – “Guess what Dad!  They have...

Ice-bucket Challenge?

Lately, there has been quite some interest by many on this subject and I thought I’d do some research myself into what this is all about particularly after I overheard my 10 yr old son pestering his Mum wanting to pour a bucket of ice and water on himself this cold wintry morning. I must stress that I personally am not...

The Rewards of Leadership

I have always been interested and intrigued by the topic of “Leadership”,  mostly due to it’s emphasis within the circles I moved in.  The church culture forever seemed to have been dabbling in one form or another in the study of Leadership. I therefore spent much time and effort in seeking the secrets of achieving the unique call of a true “Leader” through many avenues that...

Is there life after “Phase-book”

I have been involved in the social utility called Facebook for some time now, but seems like it’s just a phase I’ve been going through.  I keep growing more and more distant from it mostly due to some current trends and revelations. Perhaps it is just that I find the once beloved social networking facilitator is now being used more...

Home of the Brave

It is now 10 years since my family and I moved back to Australia after our time in Sri Lanka working as missionaries. We lived there for 8 years and enjoyed a very productive period in our lives. The other day, I had the opportunity to watch the movie “Home of the Brave” and realised that there are many parallels I could...

Sri Lanka and the Sands of Time

I have just returned from a two week trip to Sri Lanka with my family.  We had a great time overall as my “Facebook” photo’s would show. Even though it was a brief but valuable time and experience for myself, wife and kids (three of whom were born in Sri Lanka), sadly it also served to dispel any doubt if...

The “Race” goes on!

Now that the open battle between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE Terrorist group is over, a few have questioned me about my stand in the whole issue.  The past few years I lived in Australia has given me opportunities to evaluate and formulate my thoughts on many issues including the future of my family and what my children...

A battle is over, but not the war!

Sri Lanka recently celebrated a much awaited military victory over it’s war with the much dreaded Terrorist organization -  LTTE.  I was 22 years old when this war began and have seen the many effects it had on the country and its people over the past 26 years.  However many questions remain unanswered.  What is to become of the future...

Lest we forget

Today we commemorate ANZAC day.  Anzac Day is a national public holiday in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I and also to commemorate the soldiers who fought in France and...

Teenage affluenza

Of our four children, two are teenagers. Even though they were born and spent much of their early childhood in a so called “third-world-country”, today I find them to be quite “westernised”. This while being quite acceptable to us as parents, has it’s inherent attributes which we need to be aware of as seen in the following video clip.

Institutionalised Christianity vs. the Church

I believe that Institutional churches are important, and will remain important.  However, I also realise that it is quite a challenge to be relevant so that they do not become a thing of the past.  In order to accomplish this, many of those churches must adapt and not conform to the changing culture around us.

SRI LANKA: War and the Humanitarian Crisis in Vanni

The ongoing war in Sri Lanka is one that neither side can win.  It’s the type of war which even if you win, you lose.  It’s not a war between the good and the evil as much as it is a tussle between the iniquitous and the peccant at the cost of civilians.  The scars will last forever. The following...

Sky Angel Cowboy

A friend emailed this clip to me the other day….. brought tears to my eyes. “They call him the ‘Sky Angel Cowboy’. Thirteen-year-old Logan Henderson lives on a ranch located in the middle of Nebraska. Isolated from much of the world – he often listens to KSBJ Christian radio out of Houston, Texas, which he picks up on Sky Angel....

Black and white in a grey world!!!

As my lovely wife points out (see Peta’s musing), the events surrounding the US presidential elections have been nothing short of a saga in itself.  Seldom have I seen people globally have such strong and potentially volatile views on a particular event as this.  I have a few questions though…. If Obama were white, would he still have won so...

Peta’s musing

My beautiful wife has been wondering what this fuss about a “first black American President” is all about.  She wrote a blurb in her facebook which seemed to generate quite some interest.  So I thought I’d copy it here (with her express permission of course).

How the stock market works

Tony Stott writes: Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each. The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest, and started catching them.

CHRONOLOGY: Sri Lanka — 25 years of civil war

The following article… via Reuters Foundation Sept 7 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s advance into the rebel Tamil Tigers’ heartland has unleashed the bloodiest combat in a decade and opened a new phase of the 25-year-old conflict. Tamil Tiger rebels are fighting for an independent state in the north and east of the island and tens of thousands of people have...