Talks

There’s Not a Lot That’s Stable Right Now. Here’s How to Stay Strong (Video)

stormy sky by Chris Lawton

Almost daily we hear another reason to be alarmed at the state of our world—from war, famine and terror, to our own personal storms. In troubling times like these, some of the world’s greatest leaders have gained strength from one famous speech: the Sermon on the Mount. In this video filmed in Melbourne, I explore its surprising message. More…

062 How Your Words and Art Can Create Hope In A Broken World [Video]

In a world where there is brokenness and decay at every turn, how can Christians be a voice of hope? How can we ensure our words, messages, conversations and art bring hope that is inspiring yet practical at the same time? At the 2015 Premier Digital Conference, I spoke on the topic of creating hope, by comparing the works of three different artists: one who focusses on overt sentimentality, one who specialises in despair, and a third who uses redemption to turn the ugly into the beautiful. More…

057 The Resilient Life [Keynote Talk]

It’s easy to feel insignificant in a world that values power and popularity. It’s easy to feel weak in a world with so much violence. In this keynote talk I share the stories of a KKK leader, a black preacher, a seventh-century farmhand, and one of my own humiliating moments (ouch!) to suggest that Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is the ultimate guide to resilient living. When he’s in the picture the insignificant become blessed, the small become great, hate becomes love, and weakness becomes strength. More…

043 How God Redeems Broken Dreams

Aitumn leaves

Dreams. We all have them. As a teenager they keep us awake with excitement. As a 20-something they start shaping our decisions. By our 40s we may have seen them spring to life, or perhaps watched some die. The dreams of two families died in Sydney this week. Thankfully, God can recycle such tragedies into unexpected things. More…

039 How to Write Your Memoir

So, you want to write your memoir or autobiography. How do you mine your life for its gold and write something people will actually find valuable? In this post and podcast I’ll share a formula to help you find and write your own authentic story. More…

029 A Conversation on the Meaning of Life

42. Ever since Deep Thought in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy gave it as the ‘answer’ to the meaning of life we’ve never been able to keep a straight face about the question since. And yet it’s a question we all ask. In this podcast, UCB UK’s Paul Hammond asks me for some answers. More…

027 The Wise Men of Christmas and Your Spirituality

The story of the Wise Men following a star to find the Christ child is one of the most retold stories at Christmas time. And for good reason. Beyond being a nice tale, it be a paradigm for the discovery of a rich spiritual life. More…

022 After the Wilderness, a New Beginning [Podcast]

Can anything good come out of painful ‘wilderness’ experiences like grief, unwanted singleness, infertility or failure? I believe so. In this talk I explore how God makes the wilderness a place of surprising revelation, provision and discovery. More…

011 Being Heard in a Secular World [Podcast/Video]

In this video and podcast I outline the four commitments that drove the Open House radio show I and the Hope Media team created in 2006 to engage ‘spiritual but not religious’ people. If you’re interested in communicating faith to a secular world, these four ideas might help you too. More…

004 Why Does God Hide? [Podcast]

Why is God invisible? Why doesn’t he ‘appear’ in front of us? Even when he does appear, he comes disguised as a pillar of cloud, a whisper, or a burning bush, and even Jesus – God in human form – wasn’t instantly recognisable after his resurrection. So why does God so love to hide? In short, God hides so we will seek him. More…