Thanks for your interest in my speaking. I talk regularly on issues of contemporary spirituality and belief, having 18 years of speaking and broadcasting experience behind me.
This page will give you an overview of who I am, some videos of what I sound like and some ideas as to how I could help you. The links to the right provide more detailed information if you need it. When you’re ready please tell me about your event. I look forward to meeting with and speaking for you!
A Little About Me
I have been speaking publicly for 18 years, having addressed MP’s and Senators at Australia’s Parliament House, a group of Pentecostals in a Peruvian slum and almost every group in between. I have presented keynotes and seminars at conferences, business breakfasts, churches, theological colleges and festivals including Spring Harvest, Blackstump, the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, the Methodist Church UK, Salt and Light Churches, the Christian New Media Awards, Evangelical Alliance, Wesley Mission, Christian Schools Australia, Compassion, World Vision and Opportunity International.
Before moving to the UK in June 2011 I was the host of Open House, a nationally-syndicated Sunday evening radio show in Australia. I have conducted over 2000 interviews in my career.
I am the author of 5 books, including Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings (shortlisted for the 2014 ECPA Book of the Year award), and the award-winning Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life. I am a columnist for Our Daily Journey and have written cover stories for Christianity, Alive and Signs magazines, plus ‘editor’s choice’ pieces for Discipleship Journal and ABC Religion and Ethics Online. I have been featured in numerous publications and through dozens of TV and radio interviews.
I have been married to Merryn for 16 years and in my spare time enjoy reading, photography and Oxford’s cosy coffee shops.
My Video Clips
Click on each image below to hear more samples of my speaking.
Here are some of my more popular topics. I aim to make each of my presentations rich in story and metaphor, humour and insight, customising each presentation to meet your event objectives or crafting a new talk for you. I speak on other topics too.
After the Wilderness, a New Beginning: The keynote talk from my book Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings, in it I highlight four ways God changes us through hard ‘wilderness’ experiences. Also available as a one-day retreat.
Four Longings of the Heart: Human beings are inherently religious. In this presentation I examine Mind-Body-Spirit festivals, secular pilgrimages, self-help books, workplace spirituality and other aspects of culture to discern four longings of the heart and their fulfillment.
The Power of Story: The power of a story goes well beyond its ability to delight and entertain us. Good stories can bring spiritual benefit too – awakening longing, offering a dream, providing guidance, even transforming us. This keynote is a story about The Power of Story!
The Search for Meaning: What is the meaning of my life? Whether we realise it or not, each of us has an answer to this age-old question. In this presentation I survey four common answers as revealed in popular culture, and offer a distinctly Christian answer that brings life and purpose.
Unseen Footprints: Could we have had encounters with God that we haven’t yet recognised as such? Could God be written into the drama of our lives as if played by a secondary character or an extra that we haven’t paid much attention to? In this talk I look at how God is trying to get our attention through pain, creation, beauty and people.
Changing the World Through Words: Designed for those interested in communicating more successfully—from public speaking to writing, or even conducting mass communication projects—this seminar covers how to understand your audience and craft a message that brings inspiring life change.
A Basket Full of Stars: In this seminar I explore creativity and its uses for the Christian cause. The seminar consists of two parts: a 4-phase creative process, and 6 elements that communicators can implement into their writing, speaking and other communication ventures to stimulate listener curiosity.
Listening to the Soul of Your Community: What does your community’s culture—its stories, songs, buildings and advertisements—reveal about its soul: its beliefs, values, anxieties and longings? In this presentation I offer some tools to ‘read’ culture and social trends so you can better bring change to it.
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