On Writing, Speaking and Communicating

Watch This Brilliant Conversation Between Bono & Eugene Peterson on Art, Faith & Being Honest with God

What happens when U2’s Bono pays a visit to his favourite Christian author, Eugene Peterson? This wonderful conversation results: two creative minds talking about art, music, the Bible, and emotional honesty. Bono and Peterson couldn’t live in more different worlds, but their shared love of the Psalms has brought them together. This is a delightful few minutes about the importance of being honest with God – as honest as the Psalms are – and why Bono believes Christian music needs to ditch its ‘dishonesty’. More…

How to Write a Book in 7 Simple Steps (My Highly Inefficient Process in Pictures)

Well-written books on important topics can change lives, if not the world. But where do you start? Well, for all you budding authors, I now offer you my step-by-step, pictorial guide. At least, it’s a guide to how I do it. I’m the first to admit my process is messy and highly inefficient. But hey, it’s worked for me, and my advice is free. Ready? More…

062 How Your Words and Art Can Create Hope In A Broken World [Video]

In a world where there is brokenness and decay at every turn, how can Christians be a voice of hope? How can we ensure our words, messages, conversations and art bring hope that is inspiring yet practical at the same time? At the 2015 Premier Digital Conference, I spoke on the topic of creating hope, by comparing the works of three different artists: one who focusses on overt sentimentality, one who specialises in despair, and a third who uses redemption to turn the ugly into the beautiful. More…

Listening to the Soul of Your Community [Video]

What does your community’s culture—its stories, songs and advertisements—reveal about its soul: its beliefs, values and longings? In this video I share the framework behind my writing, speaking and broadcasting, giving you tools to ‘read’ social trends so you can communicate better. More…

039 How to Write Your Memoir

So, you want to write your memoir or autobiography. How do you mine your life for its gold and write something people will actually find valuable? In this post and podcast I’ll share a formula to help you find and write your own authentic story. More…

038 Adrian Plass Turns the Tables on Me

I’ve interviewed best-selling author-poet-humourist Adrian Plass a number of times. Now he’s gotten his revenge! While co-leading a writers retreat recently, Adrian asked me a few questions about life, faith, writing and nerves while sharing his own special brand of humour. The result was a lot of fun. More…

037 Recovering Your Creative Calling with Andy Crouch

Culture isn’t a word reserved for artists. If you plant gardens, plan towns, cook, sew, play sport or do business, you are also involved in culture-making. In this interview with Andy Crouch you’ll learn how to recover your creative calling as someone who shapes the world for good, whatever gifts and interests you have. More…

017 Jesus Meets Crystal in a Cafe on Collins Street [Podcast]

What if the famous story of Jesus and the woman at the well happened not in first century Samaria, but in Hobart, Australia, today? Who would the woman be and what would Jesus say to her? Perhaps he’d say something like this. More…

011 Being Heard in a Secular World [Podcast/Video]

In this video and podcast I outline the four commitments that drove the Open House radio show I and the Hope Media team created in 2006 to engage ‘spiritual but not religious’ people. If you’re interested in communicating faith to a secular world, these four ideas might help you too. More…

008 An Interview with Marilynne Robinson [Podcast]

Marilynne Robinson doesn’t believe in sequels and never uses an idea she knows the origin of. She waited a staggering 24 years to release her second novel. If you love her books or want to learn how to write, this interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning wordsmith is a must-listen.
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