On Spirituality and Change

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…

How Express Checkouts Are Making Us Weak, & Other Discoveries

Sheridan Voysey video interview

When I released my latest book ‘Resilient’, I was invited to speak at events and in chats with the media, about the book’s message on how to become more resilient. One of those chats was with Hope 103.2 journalist Clare Chate, my former producer and good friend, who suggested we do a video interview. She faced me with some great questions – about pain and loss of identity, the ‘Aha!’ moments that turned them around, and how we can all stumble into strength. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did… More…

061 Three Questions to Ask When God Seems Silent

Man sitting by lake

Although Merryn and I tried to start a family for 10 years, and sought God diligently the whole time, one of the most perplexing things about our journey was God’s silence. We heard him speak on other things during that time, but never on our pursuit of a family. It was hard. Biblical heroes experienced this struggle too. So if you’re facing the silence of God, you’re not alone. But just because God is staying silent, doesn’t mean he is absent. Here’s 3 helpful questions to ask yourself when the silence comes. More…

060 Reading the Bible with Your Heart and Mind

woman with bible

It’s one thing to read the Bible with our eyes and our mind—and another thing to truly engage our heart. But if the Bible is God’s primary way of communicating with us, it makes sense to learn to read it deeply. Here are some keys to reading God’s word from Celebration of Discipline author Richard Foster, with a few tips of my own. He talks about the importance of reading with both the mind AND the heart. More…

059 Seven Ways God Might Be Speaking To You

In Scripture we find God speaking through peals of thunder, pillars of cloud, flaming bushes, even donkeys. He used prophets, angels, the beauty of creation, the coming of Jesus. God is surely a communicating God.

But in the 21st century, how might we expect him to speak to us personally about our everyday, modern, Western lives?

Here are seven ways… More…

058 How to Hear God’s Voice – Three Keys

Listening To The Light by Derek Swanson

Life’s full of big questions. Should I marry? If so, who? Take that job? Buy that house? Is this the career for me? Which church is the right one? And which city should I settle in? If we believe there’s a God who cares and wants to guide our big decisions, we need to know how to hear his voice. Here’s some keys to get started. 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…

052 The Ancient Prayer That Can Change Your Life

It is prayed each Sunday in churches. Some of us grew up reciting it daily in school. It can suffer from both neglect and mindless repetition because of its familiarity. But when prayed slowly and with intent, it is possibly the most powerful prayer one can pray, touching every area of our lives. In this post and podcast I explore the Lord’s Prayer and share an exercise to help you get the most out of it. More…

051 Feeling Pulled in Too Many Directions? Here are 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

We are the options generation. We can pursue almost any career and lifestyle, something previous generations only dreamed of. But our increasing affluence has brought problems. We can want too much, be pulled in too many directions, and lack clarity of mind and purpose. In this post and podcast we’ll look at Jesus’s remedy to this, and hear from collaborative consumption expert Rachel Botsman on how to buy less and share more. More…

050 How to Turn Pain into Strength

Researchers into resilience say we bounce back from adversity better when we can turn our weakness into strength and our pain into power. It’s a nice thought, but how can it happen? Here are four ways I’ve seen God do it by seeing pain as a challenge to be fulfilled, a gift to be embraced, a story to be shared, leading to a tribe to be served. More…