On Faith and Belief

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…

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…

055 What ‘Turn the Other Cheek’ Means (and Doesn’t) in an Age of Terrorism

The stories come almost every day: terror groups like ISIS destroying lives and using every form of intimidation to get implement their radical vision for the world. How should we respond? I believe Jesus has something powerful to say to the problem, but his words need to be carefully understood before being applied. 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…

048 Finding God in Unexpected Places (5 Great Stories)

Elijah searched for God in a whirlwind but found him in a whisper. Jacob found him in his dreams, Moses in a burning bush, and Mary Magdalene looked for him in a tomb but found him standing behind her. God always seems to turn up in unexpected places. Here are five contemporary stories to show you what I mean. More…

Saying Goodbye to Ali, Thanking God for His Gifts

Merryn and I lost a friend this week. We first met Ali as she was battling ovarian cancer and watched her fight with remarkable perseverance, cheer, even cheekiness. And at first it looked like she’d won. But on Friday Ali left us. Here’s the remarkable story I will probably most remember her for. More…

When God Says No. A FREE Booklet for You

The wilderness of broken dreams can be a harsh place to dwell. Thank God there’s more to it than disappointment. In this FREE ebook and companion guide I explore what God does through such wilderness moments. Whether it’s infertility, singleness, divorce, a lost career, or some other heartbreak, God uses these times to reveal our hearts, help us discover who we really are, and transition us to a new life mission. More…

This Christmas Child

‘Watch him. Watch this child, who grows into a boy, who grows into a man, and is found to be so much more. Watch as he is born—with angelic visitations and bright lights in the sky. Watch as he grows—in favour and stature, and pursues his calling from heaven.’ As 2014 ends, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and new year, and hope this short piece helps focus your life for 2015. 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…

An 11th Commandment?

We all know the 10 Commandments. Well, this week the producers of BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought segment asked me to come up with an 11th Commandment. I came up with this, but not before discovering an endearing fact about early morning presenter Vanessa Feltz! More…