Podcast Episodes

The One Question the Dalai Lama Couldn’t Answer. Can You?

The Dalai Lama giving a talk, pic by Bruce Bortin

I once went to hear the Dalai Lama give a public talk. He spoke on the importance of compassion, then took questions from the audience. The last question came from the MC: “Your holiness—what is the meaning of life?” The audience leaned in as he stared at the ground, quietly thinking about his answer… More…

Encore Episode: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

By Annie Spratt

We are the options generation. Most of us can pursue any career we wish and live almost any lifestyle. But affluence can create problems. We can want too much, be pulled in too many directions, and lack clarity of mind and purpose. Jesus’s remedy is clear: put God first, and live a simpler lifestyle. Here’s 10 practical tips… More…

Encore Episode: Overcoming the 4 Forces that Destroy Relationships

Holding hands

Strong relationships are one of the four factors that build human resilience. We withstand life’s traumas so much better when we have good marriages, friendships, work relationships and community connections. The problem is, powerful forces drive us apart. Jesus talked about those forces…and how to overcome them. More…

Encore Episode: Why Shane Claiborne Throws Away His Money

Working with Mother Theresa is one thing. Throwing thousands of dollars away on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange, and flying into Baghdad as bombs are raining down, is another. Meet Shane Claiborne, the dreadlocked Jesus-following peace warrior who says you can be an ‘ordinary radical’ too. More…

Celebrating 50,000 Downloads of the More Than This Podcast!

So this happened: the ‘More Than This’ podcast just ticked over 50,000 downloads. To celebrate, here’s a look back at the Top 10 most popular episodes, and some of my favourites you may have missed…exploring life, faith and spirituality through inspirational chats, intriguing interviews, and how-to episodes on living life deeply. More…

Encore Episode: Autumn Reminds Us Good Things Can Come to an End

park bench in Autumn

I love autumn. In Australia, it’s a cooling respite from the blistering summer heat. In England, it’s all crisp days and perpetual afternoon light; and in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Forest in the USA, with red and yellow leaves falling all around you, it’s just plain magic. It’s a season of harvest, completion, transition, and shedding the old. And there’s an important life lesson in that… More…

Are Angels Real? These Stories Will Get You Wondering

Angel statue photo by Aelena, Flickr

When I raised the topic of angelic encounters with my social media friends, I was expecting some nice stories about lights in the sky and perhaps a few kind strangers. Instead, their stories truly opened my eyes… More…

Is Spock a Christ Figure? After 50 Years of Star Trek, Some Think So

Picture by Gage Skidmore

It was fifty years ago this week when the sci-fi pop culture phenomenon Star Trek, first hit TV screens. While it’s mostly largely secular humanist in outlook, that hasn’t stopped religious themes slipping into Star Trek’s storylines, sometimes quite overtly. In fact, its most beloved character has done some very Christ-like things. More…

The Real Reason Beauty Leaves Us Breathless

photo by Dan Musat

The human heart craves beauty. It’s why we visit art galleries, gaze at photographs, seek out the window seat, give flowers to the sick. And it’s why I was so deeply overwhelmed one memorable day in the lagoon on Lord Howe Island… Natural beauty restores, refreshes, inspires. Here’s the reason. More…

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

Photo by Felix Russell-Saw www.frsphoto.co

‘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…