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Got Some Goals for the New Year? Great. Just Don’t Forget This

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I can be a real dreamer. There’s always a book, a media project, a life ambition waiting in the wings. So when BBC Radio 2 asked what my hope for the new year was, my mind automatically went down the path of goals and ambitions. But something wasn’t right. There’s more to life than career goals… More…

The Best Books I Read in 2017 (all 30 of them)

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It’s that time again: my annual roundup of best books read in the past year. Memoirs, love affairs, spiritual crises, faith and philosophy, the search for contentment, church life in small town America, and – of course – more Marilynne Robinson. If you love exploring life, love and spirituality, in both fiction and non-fiction forms, this list is for you. More…

Do You Need a ‘Fallow Year’? The Ancient Art of a Year of Rest

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‘You reap what you sow’ is a powerful principle describing the way much of life works. Plant a seed of goodness, kindness or faith, and a harvest of it will follow later. But the metaphor assumes the seed is sown into healthy soil. What if it’s not? What happens when we keep trying to get a harvest from an exhausted life? More…

Not Just Women: Childlessness Cuts Men Up Too (BBC News Video)

For too long childlessness has been seen solely as a female issue. As a result the feelings of men facing infertility have been sidelined. Now new research has shown childlessness can affect a man’s mental health, self-esteem, relationships, masculinity, even his career and finances. And he is often ignored during the treatment process or in follow up support. So let’s be clear: childlessness cuts a man up too. Here’s my interview on BBC News’ Afternoon Live programme sharing my personal experience. More…

Are You Running to False Places of Safety?

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Our new puppy Rupert Reginald McScruffy is quite the celebrity: people stop us in the street, he’s got fans on social media, and now even the BBC wants to follow his progress. Yes, he’s gorgeous. But he does have his foibles; and one in particular that can teach us about what happens when we run to false places of safety. More…

Hugh Hefner’s Legacy is Nothing to Celebrate (an Important Guest Post)

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Sometimes a friend of mine will get a fire in their belly and write something we should hear, however uncomfortable. Clare Bruce is a journalist and friend who was more than a bit concerned about the accolades Playboy chief Hugh Hefner garnered recently. Given today is the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, this post is timely. More…

Truths to Hold When the Path Gets Tough: The Resilience Creed

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Some churches have statements of faith they adhere to, called creeds. But they’re often not the kind of thing we turn to in times of trial. So my author friend Tony Horsfal wrote his own: a courage-building ‘Resilience Creed’—one that expresses the kind of truths we can hold to in times of adversity and pain. More…

Confused About the Direction of Your Life? This Might Help

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My life has been anything but a straight path. I’ve been nightclub DJ, a youth worker, a radio host, an author, a speaker; I’ve had spiritual crises, burnout, and broken dreams; and life’s curve balls have often landed me where I least expected. It used to trouble me. Until one day, out hiking, I noticed something… More…

Good News For Behind-The-Scenes People: Your Work is Indispensable

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My friend Mick works on the Africa Mercy – a floating hospital ship, helping the poorest people in developing nations. When TV crews visit, they shine the spotlight on the ship’s amazing medical staff. Rarely do they point a camera at Mick’s area of work. It’s – ahem – less than glamorous. But without him, the whole thing would stop… More…

The Pitter Patter of Tiny Feet…

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If you know a little of my and Merryn’s story, perhaps from reading Resurrection Year, you’ll know that for many years now there’s been something missing in our lives. An unmet longing. A space in our hearts we couldn’t fill. Well, after years of waiting and praying, wondering if it would happen… Merryn and I have some news to share. More…