More Than This Podcast

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We all sense there’s more to life than this, but where is that ‘more’ to be found? More Than This is a podcast on life, faith and spirituality. Listen in to explore love, loss, pain, beauty, our quest to find meaning in life and where faith fits into it all, while hearing from some of the world’s most intriguing personalities.


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Music provided by Adam Fielding and Jason Donnelly. All rights reserved. My thanks to Hope Media for use of the Open House interviews used in this podcast.

In Praise of Serendipity, God’s Sneaky Surprises

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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…

063 The Day I Interviewed Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen

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Fans adore Joel Osteen’s positive-thinking sermons. Critics say he’s more self-help guru than gospel preacher. When I sat down with Joel at the 2009 Hillsong Conference, I met a meticulously styled man with a friendly smile and courteous spirit. I put the critics’ concerns to him, got some answers, left thinking well of Joel, but also with a bunch more questions. More…

Everything in This Cafe is Free—Just Like God’s Gifts

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Imagine walking into a cafe, ordering a flat white and a piece of cake, sitting down at a table while they’re brought to you, and then, after enjoying your morning tea, you go to pay the bil… and discover there isn’t one. The coffee and cake is free—a gift to you from the cafe owners. And it will be free again tomorrow, and the next day. Such a place exists, and it reminds me of the very Easter message itself. More…

Guilty Pleasures: Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

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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…

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

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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…

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…

What Would You Do With an Extra Day? Your Answer Matters


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…

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…

The Resilient Audiobook Is Out! Here’s A Week’s FREE Downloads

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How can you stay strong when the storms of life hit? To find out, plug in your headphones, and take a 90-day AUDIO journey with me through Jesus’ Sermon On the Mount.

Yes friends, after weeks of recording and editing, the ‘Resilient’ audiobook is here—an unabridged recording of my devotional that will recalibrate your callings, relationships, spiritual practices, and life choices to help you build resilience.

Each episode is only 3-4 minutes long, making it perfect for daily listening on the go. Here’s a week’s worth of readings to get you started… More…

059 Seven Ways God Might Be Speaking To You

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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…