Easter

064 A Miracle Story I Can Believe: Sean George Raised From the Dead

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Miracles can be hard for the modern mind to accept. And I can be sceptical myself about ‘miracle’ stories. I’ve heard too many that proved to be bogus or didn’t last. But Dr Sean George’s story is remarkable. Medically documented and verified, it’s one miracle I can believe. And it happened through the power of one simple, little, silent, heartfelt prayer… 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…

036 The Problem with Kitsch Jesus

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You’ll find him in Christian bookstores, on ‘Christian art’ sites and all over Facebook. He may hang on your friend’s lounge room wall, or even on your own. He is kitsch Jesus. But while he may remind us of how sweet and gentle he is, kitsch Jesus has a problem. Here he is in pictorial form. More…

A Lesson on Courage (for BBC Radio 2)

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Each week 16 million people listen to BBC Radio 2. Now, not all of them were listening when I joined early morning host Alex Lester on Easter Monday to present the long-running Pause for Thought segment, but a few were! I was asked to talk about courage. Here’s what I came up with. More…

Look Beyond the Pain to the Victory

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In the crumbling medieval church of North Yorkshire’s Mount Grace Priory stands a striking piece of artwork – the Madonna Of The Cross. Crafted by the sculptor Malcolm Brocklesby in 1996, the piece invites us to ask some hard questions about our lives and callings. More…

The God of Surprises

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How do you get the attention of a world that thinks it knows what Jesus is all about, when it is often only familiar with misconceptions? You do what Jesus did—you tell surprising, beguiling, captivating stories. A piece written for the #BigRead13 Lent event, with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. More…

What Happens When You Die? he asked (Part 2)

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‘If you really want an answer to your question of what happens after death,’ I said to Andy, ‘you’ll need to seriously explore the claim that Jesus of Nazareth was resurrected. If he did return to life, as the Christian faith says, then there’s at least one case in history of a person proving death is not the end.’ More…

An Easter Parable

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Imagine for a moment that you’re a member of an organised crime ring with connections to corrupt city authorities. Imagine that you discover someone who knows your gang’s every deed—every scheme, every secret, every deal, all the money trails. One night you decide to round him up. He has to be silenced.
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After the Wilderness, a New Beginning

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What if the ‘wilderness’ seasons of life where there to make us into a new kind of person? What if the wilderness was a transition point to a new Promised Land, a new mission in life or a new beginning? A Lent reflection on recovering from broken dreams with God. More…