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.

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 More Friendships? Here Are Four Things That Make Them Rich

Photo by Felix Russell-Saw

‘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…

When Looking in the Mirror Isn’t Pretty

girl looking in a mirror

We’ve all had days we’d rather not see our reflection in life’s big metaphorical mirror. Catching a glimpse of our true selves can sometimes leave us unimpressed. I had one of those moments one day at a ‘driver survivor’ rest stop in Australia. I’d rather not tell you, but I’ve already shared it on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, so it’s out now—and sharing can be good for the soul… More…

In a World of Ideas, How Can We Find the Authentic God?

Man standing on headland looking to horizon

As any psychologist can tell you, our understanding of God is vitally important. Many are held captive by an imaginary deity shaped by fear, pain, past, or our own desires. These humanly-inspired gods always fail us, or forever holding us in torment. So the question is, what is God really like? How can we spot the authentic from the counterfeit? More…

Where Do Your Ideas About God Come From?

Spiral Jetty - picture by Greg Rakozy

As a primary-schooler I contemplated God and felt trapped. At the time my parents were in one of the world’s more zealous religious sects, I was being raised according to its tenets, and the God of this faith was difficult to please. We all hold an image of God in our minds. So who is your God? What is your God like? Here’s one way to find out when, and how, you formed your image of God… More…

Hate Will Not Have the Final Say. A Note of Hope in a Tragic Week

British MP Jo Cox’s murder yesterday sent the nation into shock, halted the EU referendum campaign, and sparked spontaneous vigils last night. It came just days after another history-making tragedy, the Orlando shooting. The loss of a young wife, mother, politician and humanitarian, applauded by all as a woman of astounding compassion, and those lost or injured in Orlando, can leave us questioning the existence of a good and loving God. Here is the message I shared on BBC Radio 2 this morning. In the end, hate will not have the final say. More…