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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…

Can You Be Born Again Through a Pair of Jeans? Plenty Of Us Think So

Stack of jeans in store

I saw an ad the other day. The headline read, ‘Be born again.’ It was for a plastic surgeon. It’s not the first time advertisers have promised eternal life. Levi’s jeans once did the same. And yet, science has proven what Jesus taught centuries ago: material things will never satisfy spiritual needs… More…

To Help a Friend with Depression, Here’s the Best Thing You Can Do

When I was asked to speak on mental health for BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought segment, I consulted my brilliant Facebook community. They shared deeply and with insight on just how we can be more accepting of those who suffer this way. The starting point? See people as bigger than their illness… More…

In Praise of Serendipity, God’s Sneaky Surprises

You know those happy coincidences or unexpected discoveries that take us by surprise? We call it serendipity. Not all serendipity is chance, accident or coincidence. A good deal of it is in fact divine. Like my miraculous little encounter as I stood, with aching legs and blistered feet, among the back pillars of Durham Cathedral… More…

Everything in This Cafe is Free—Just Like God’s Gifts

Two people having coffee

Imagine walking into a cafe, ordering a flat white and a piece of cake, sitting down at a table while they’re brought to you, and then, after enjoying your morning tea, you go to pay the bil… and discover there isn’t one. The coffee and cake is free—a gift to you from the cafe owners. And it will be free again tomorrow, and the next day. Such a place exists, and it reminds me of the very Easter message itself. More…

Guilty Pleasures: Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

When BBC Radio 2 asked me to talk about guilty pleasures, it wasn’t my obsession with 80s soul and funk music, or my tendency to eat Nutella from the jar, or the sneaky flavours I sometimes add to my coffee, that was my deepest concern. It was my habit of sitting in coffee shops for hours with journal & pen. Read on to find out why, and to explore with me those things that weigh on our conscience… as well as the things that really shouldn’t make us feel guilty at all. More…

What Would You Do With an Extra Day? Your Answer Matters

Hourglass

How often do you find yourself saying, “if only I could have an extra day?” Well, since 2016 is a leap year, we get one! But imagine I waved a magic wand and gave you an extra day, every week? How would you use it? Your answer will probably uncover what you most need or value. When the producers of BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought segment asked me that very question, I wasn’t happy with my honest answer—but a better alternative soon revealed itself… More…

We are More Than Our Greatest Success or Worst Failure

Portrait of a man by Simon Wijers

Frank Sinatra will forever be remembered for the song My Way, even though he hated it. The same thing happens to celebrities and politicians all the time as one song, controversy or policy failure becomes lodged in public memory. But there is more to them than that. And there is more to you than others see. In fact, there’s more to you than you can imagine. More…

Redeeming Generation X (for BBC Radio 2)

Cynical, nihilist, commitment-phobic, dispassionate. Perhaps no age-group in history has had more negative labels attached to it than Generation X: that often ignored ‘middle child’ generation between the Baby Boomers and Millennials. As a Gen-Xer myself, I want to shout “We’re better than you think!” But as I share in this BBC Pause for Thought segment, while many Gen-X stereotypes are exaggerated, one in particular is true. Thankfully, however, there’s a remedy for it. More…

What a Cold Pint of Beer Can Tell Us About God

I’ve never had much of a taste for beer. I know some see beer as such a societal menace, it’s not worth talking about too. But keep this in mind: the first breweries were started by Christians to provide a healthy alternative to either drinking dirty water or getting drunk on gin, and the very existence of beer speaks of the generosity and creativity of God. I explored this in a BBC Radio 2 segment recently. Take a listen. More…