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No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – a book by Paul Coughlin.

No More Christian Nice Guy – Introduction I feel that I’ve chosen to be nice, rather than good. In 2009, I was hit by a tree, and I didn’t have the energy, strength or time to be anything other than nice. This would change over time. The ‘no more christian nice guy’ book has been helpful. A definition of nice could be ‘pleasing and agreeable in nature’. On the surface, being nice sounds ok. However, nice people keep saying ‘yes’,…

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Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

Tithing Then and Now – do we tithe like the Israelites?

I’ve attended a variety of denominations of the Christian Church. They include the Methodist Church, the Uniting Church, the Salvation Army and Australia Christian Churches. All of them have a few common factors including Jesus, Protestantism and Tithing. This blog explores ‘Tithing then and now’. Definition of Tithing For a Christian, a tithe is giving back to God 1/10th of what you have received. The Salvation Army has a giving program named ‘planned giving’. They ask that all church members…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada, your SCI is NOT a test by God

Joni Eareckson Tada – the accident At the age of 18, Joni Eareckson Tada dove into Chesapeake Bay in the USA. She fractured the fourth and fifth cervical levels of her spine. Joni acquired an SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) and was paralysed from the shoulders down. The damage to my spine occurred at chest level, and I have full use of my shoulders, arms and fingers. I cannot imagine what it would be like to receive a higher level injury and be dependant…

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Forgiveness towards Cedar College and the future (part 7)

Forgiveness towards Cedar College and the future (part 7)

Recommending Cedar College before forgiveness. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) My cousin asked for my opinion of whether Cedar College would be suitable for her son. Although I hadn’t progressed towards forgiveness for the school, I had no hesitation in recommending the school.  I added ‘but watch out for the trees’! Given the school has grown from 34 to over 800 students in just over…

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Cedar College and my relationship issues & Public Liability lawsuit (part6)

Cedar College and my relationship issues & Public Liability lawsuit (part6)

Relationship Issues are the next problem. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) This blog is not covering the details relating to the separation and divorce from my wife. However, the relationship issues are a direct result of the accident at Cedar College  , although everyone is personally responsible for the decisions they make. I often quote ‘Bad things happen. What matters is how you respond’. In…

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Safework SA Prosecution finds Cedar College guilty (part5)

Safework SA Prosecution finds Cedar College guilty (part5)

Safework SA prosection continues. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) Once again, excessive pain prevented my attendance at the Safework SA prosecution. The school attempted to cry poor, as it had $4,000,000 in debt. However, the judge determined that the school was in a sound financial position and could afford to pay a fine.  The reporter wrote, ‘Faced with a hefty workplace safety fine, Baptist school Cedar College…

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Safework SA and Cedar College hear victim impact statements (part4)

Safework SA and Cedar College hear victim impact statements (part4)

Safework SA prosecution commences. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) Safework SA is the government body required to investigate accidents that occur at workplaces. Their website is located here. If necessary they prosecute the employer at the Industrial Relations Court. The workplace and employer were Cedar College. Victim Impact Statements. The Safework SA investigator asked my family to write victim impact statements, and they included… John…

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Fallen Tree at Cedar College and now lies & withdrawing help (part3)

Fallen Tree at Cedar College and now lies & withdrawing help (part3)

Fallen Tree 21. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) Fallen tree 21 almost killed me, and although the school clearly mentioned tree maintenance had been performed, I felt that something wasn’t quite right. I received two arborist reports from my lawyers, and my understanding is that Cedar College provided these reports soon after the accident. The school received the first report during April 2005 from Arbortech…

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Spinal Cord Injury Cedar College Northgate and now no visits (part2)

Spinal Cord Injury Cedar College Northgate and now no visits (part2)

First night in the hospital with a spinal cord injury. (This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog.) I had a conversation with Wendy, a church minister in the Salvation Army. I’ve known her for 25 years.   I was confused, as her children were never enrolled at Cedar College, yet Wendy was attending the sports day. She explained that we were at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and I had…

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Cedar College Northgate – sports day and tree (part1)

Cedar College Northgate – sports day and tree (part1)

Introduction. Nine years ago today a tree fell on me at Cedar College Northgate. I refer to the incident as ‘my 0911’, as it occurred on September 11, 2009. My upcoming memoir will take this name, and I have registered the domain name my0911.com. Initially, this blog wasn’t about forgiveness. However, an experience a few weeks ago changed my mind, and I will share this is part seven. The seven blogs contain details of the accident and the effect it had on…

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