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.

The Day Jesus Messed Up His Nice-Guy Image

Jesus Light of the World

In his famous painting ’The Light of the World’, Holman Hunt depicted Jesus in a white robe holding a lantern, knocking gently on a door that represents our heart. With blond beard, flowing hair and serene face, the Saviour is presented as a meek, mild soother of souls. Nice image—but the Holy Week of Easter really messes it up… More…

What My Great Grandmother Taught Me About Living Dangerously

Antique portrait of a woman

My Great Grandmother Alice was one brave woman who can teach us a thing or two about facing our problems. Her husband Walter was a good man, but with one vice: he liked his drink too much for her liking. Here’s the ingenious way she dealt with it. More…

066 My Chat with William Paul Young, Author of The Shack

Image from The Shack of Mack (Sam Worthington) and Papa (Octavia Spencer)

When William Paul Young sat down to write a story for his children about a man who meets God in a forest shack, little did he know it would become a publishing phenomenon—and now a movie. In 2008 Paul dropped by the Open House show, to chat about the book’s meaning, the personal story behind it, and to answer his critics. More…

God Has a Dream for the World. And There’s a Place for You in it

Girl daydreaming by Ratiu Bia, Unsplash

God has a dream for the world. We don’t know exactly what this dream will look like, but we’ve been given a glimpse: a world of healed wounds, of radiant beauty, of restored harmony, of peace, environmental restoration. And it’s a dream that can inspire our dreams too… More…

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…