On Faith and Belief

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…

I’m Suffering. Is God Punishing Me?

Image of man with head in his hands, by Eflon,

Ever since writing Resurrection Year I’ve received hundreds of emails from people sharing their broken dreams and heartaches. In some, I’ve noticed a subtle belief that their trials are divine retribution of some kind—a punishment for their mistakes or wrongs. If you’ve ever felt the same, you’re not alone. But the feeling needs to be challenged. 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…

One of The Best Things You’ll Hear Today: You Are Known

Picture by Lee Scott

In a world of global connections but ever-declining intimacy, of burgeoning cities with more and more alienated souls, of billions of individuals who secretly wonder if anyone really cares, here is a truth that heals and liberates: you are intimately known. More…

In a World of Ideas, How Can We Find the Authentic God?

Man standing on headland looking to horizon

As any psychologist can tell you, our understanding of God is vitally important. Many are held captive by an imaginary deity shaped by fear, pain, past, or our own desires. These humanly-inspired gods always fail us, or forever holding us in torment. So the question is, what is God really like? How can we spot the authentic from the counterfeit? More…

Where Do Your Ideas About God Come From?

Spiral Jetty - picture by Greg Rakozy

As a primary-schooler I contemplated God and felt trapped. At the time my parents were in one of the world’s more zealous religious sects, I was being raised according to its tenets, and the God of this faith was difficult to please. We all hold an image of God in our minds. So who is your God? What is your God like? Here’s one way to find out when, and how, you formed your image of God… More…

Unseen Footprints FREE Chapters

Could we have had encounters with the divine that we haven’t yet recognised as such? Could God be written into the drama of our lives as if played by a secondary character or an extra that we haven’t paid much attention to? Read or download the first three chapters of the new edition award-winning book Unseen Footprints. More…

064 A Miracle Story I Can Believe: Sean George Raised From the Dead

Hospital room

Miracles can be hard for the modern mind to accept. And I can be sceptical myself about ‘miracle’ stories. I’ve heard too many that proved to be bogus or didn’t last. But Dr Sean George’s story is remarkable. Medically documented and verified, it’s one miracle I can believe. And it happened through the power of one simple, little, silent, heartfelt prayer… More…

063 The Day I Interviewed Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen

Fans adore Joel Osteen’s positive-thinking sermons. Critics say he’s more self-help guru than gospel preacher. When I sat down with Joel at the 2009 Hillsong Conference, I met a meticulously styled man with a friendly smile and courteous spirit. I put the critics’ concerns to him, got some answers, left thinking well of Joel, but also with a bunch more questions. 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…