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The Day Jesus Messed Up His Nice-Guy Image

Jesus Light of the World

In his famous painting ’The Light of the World’, Holman Hunt depicted Jesus in a white robe holding a lantern, knocking gently on a door that represents our heart. With blond beard, flowing hair and serene face, the Saviour is presented as a meek, mild soother of souls. Nice image—but the Holy Week of Easter really messes it up… More…

What My Great Grandmother Taught Me About Living Dangerously

Antique portrait of a woman

My Great Grandmother Alice was one brave woman who can teach us a thing or two about facing our problems. Her husband Walter was a good man, but with one vice: he liked his drink too much for her liking. Here’s the ingenious way she dealt with it. More…

God Has a Dream for the World. And There’s a Place for You in it

Girl daydreaming by Ratiu Bia, Unsplash

God has a dream for the world. We don’t know exactly what this dream will look like, but we’ve been given a glimpse: a world of healed wounds, of radiant beauty, of restored harmony, of peace, environmental restoration. And it’s a dream that can inspire our dreams too… More…

The One Question the Dalai Lama Couldn’t Answer. Can You?

The Dalai Lama giving a talk, pic by Bruce Bortin

I once went to hear the Dalai Lama give a public talk. He spoke on the importance of compassion, then took questions from the audience. The last question came from the MC: “Your holiness—what is the meaning of life?” The audience leaned in as he stared at the ground, quietly thinking about his answer… More…

Are Angels Real? These Stories Will Get You Wondering

Angel statue photo by Aelena, Flickr

When I raised the topic of angelic encounters with my social media friends, I was expecting some nice stories about lights in the sky and perhaps a few kind strangers. Instead, their stories truly opened my eyes… More…

Is Spock a Christ Figure? After 50 Years of Star Trek, Some Think So

Picture by Gage Skidmore

It was fifty years ago this week when the sci-fi pop culture phenomenon Star Trek, first hit TV screens. While it’s mostly largely secular humanist in outlook, that hasn’t stopped religious themes slipping into Star Trek’s storylines, sometimes quite overtly. In fact, its most beloved character has done some very Christ-like things. More…

The Real Reason Beauty Leaves Us Breathless

photo by Dan Musat

The human heart craves beauty. It’s why we visit art galleries, gaze at photographs, seek out the window seat, give flowers to the sick. And it’s why I was so deeply overwhelmed one memorable day in the lagoon on Lord Howe Island… Natural beauty restores, refreshes, inspires. Here’s the reason. More…

Need More Friendships? Here Are Four Things That Make Them Rich

Photo by Felix Russell-Saw www.frsphoto.co

‘Who can you call in the middle of the night when everything has gone wrong?” When I first heard this question some years ago it shook me to the core. I didn’t have an answer. Even recently, I’ve found myself in need of deeper friendships. So I did some thinking and came up with a few keys to building friendships that really, really count… More…

When Looking in the Mirror Isn’t Pretty

girl looking in a mirror

We’ve all had days we’d rather not see our reflection in life’s big metaphorical mirror. Catching a glimpse of our true selves can sometimes leave us unimpressed. I had one of those moments one day at a ‘driver survivor’ rest stop in Australia. I’d rather not tell you, but I’ve already shared it on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, so it’s out now—and sharing can be good for the soul… More…

Hate Will Not Have the Final Say. A Note of Hope in a Tragic Week

British MP Jo Cox’s murder yesterday sent the nation into shock, halted the EU referendum campaign, and sparked spontaneous vigils last night. It came just days after another history-making tragedy, the Orlando shooting. The loss of a young wife, mother, politician and humanitarian, applauded by all as a woman of astounding compassion, and those lost or injured in Orlando, can leave us questioning the existence of a good and loving God. Here is the message I shared on BBC Radio 2 this morning. In the end, hate will not have the final say. More…