On Spirituality and Change

Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse: Jenny’s Story

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In 2012 ‘Jenny’ contacted me after seeing Andy Sorenson describe his experience of childhood sexual abuse. When I published Jenny’s own story of pain, it struck a chord with many. It’s time it was heard again. Please note that Jenny’s story is graphic in places. But it is a story of hope and healing too… More…

065 Why You Should Keep a Journal (But NOT Every Day)

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If you’re a journal-keeper from way back, you’ll probably nod in sage agreement at these 7 great benefits of journaling. But if you’re thinking “Oh, journaling? I tried that once but couldn’t keep it up”—then here are the reasons to give it another try. There’s also 8 tips to get you started, and a sneak peek into what I write about in my own journals… More…

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

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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

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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…