On Life and its Meaning

Need Better Friendships? Here Are Four Things That Make Them Rich

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‘Who can you call in the middle of the night when everything has gone wrong?” When I first heard this question some years ago it shook me to the core. I didn’t have an answer. Even recently, I’ve found myself in need of deeper friendships. So I did some thinking and came up with a few keys to building friendships that really, really count… More…

When Looking in the Mirror Isn’t Pretty

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We’ve all had days we’d rather not see our reflection in life’s big metaphorical mirror. Catching a glimpse of our true selves can sometimes leave us unimpressed. I had one of those moments one day at a ‘driver survivor’ rest stop in Australia. I’d rather not tell you, but I’ve already shared it on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, so it’s out now—and sharing can be good for the soul… More…

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…

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…

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…

How to Help a Friend Experiencing Infertility

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Since going public with our own story of childlessness Merryn and I are often asked how to support a family member or friend going through infertility. So, to mark National Infertility Awareness Week (USA) here’s a video addressing some of those questions. Originally filmed as a live webinar for church leaders, these insights will help anyone who’s walking alongside a couple in the infertility journey…. 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…

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

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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…

Need Some Inspiration? Here’s 6 Stories to Brighten Your Day

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Children living on a rubbish dump in Paraguay turn trash into music… A mute girl learns to speak… A violent, paraplegic and emotionally scarred lady learns that she’s deeply loved… An antique-lover receives a vintage sewing machine from heaven… If you need some encouragement today, these 6 stories are a great place to start. More…