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Good News For Behind-The-Scenes People: Your Work is Indispensable

Airport Cleaner

My friend Mick works on the Africa Mercy – a floating hospital ship, helping the poorest people in developing nations. When TV crews visit, they shine the spotlight on the ship’s amazing medical staff. Rarely do they point a camera at Mick’s area of work. It’s – ahem – less than glamorous. But without him, the whole thing would stop… More…

In a Fast Food World, Are We Losing the Art of Sacred Meals?

Dinner Table - by annie-spratt-

When was the last time you had a truly special meal where you left the table changed, uplifted, fulfilled? You came burdened but left lighter (at least emotionally). Your soul was filled, not just your stomach. We need more of these sacred meals. But what is it that makes a meal truly sacred? A few key ingredients come to mind. More…

Seeking Fulfilment Through Your Career? Try This Instead

Work harder sign by Jordan Whitfield

What a gift it is to do work you love. To get paid for using your talents, and contribute to society. And since we spend so much of our lives working, it makes sense to seek a fulfilling career. But have we gotten things unbalanced? When work becomes our primary source of personal fulfilment—it leaves us vulnerable. More…

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…