Love

The Risk Worth Taking (by Christina Hubbard)

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In this touching guest post, US writer Christina Hubbard shares her risky experiment of bringing estranged family members together for Christmas at her home. “What I feared was our history of back-handed hurtful comments,” she writes. “As I made preparations, I questioned if opening my home and my heart to this family of strangers would create new rivers of pain.” How did it turn out? Beautifully… More…

041 The 5 Love Languages with Gary Chapman

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I recently went to Australia to be with my mother as she started chemotherapy. I went on that trip hoping to provide some practical help, and I did. But my mother really wanted something else. As you’ll hear in this interview with Dr Gary Chapman, the reason why is love languages. And they affect more than just our relationships with others. More…

Beyond Sexy Abs and Stilettos (for BBC Radio 2)

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Scan the magazine racks at the checkout today. Look at their endless tales of who has found love, lost love, gambled love, become too fat for love. In the glossies love is defined as desire, attraction and thrill alone—all sexy abs and stilettos. But there is another kind of love. It’s one I have seen up close. More…

040 Rethinking Celibacy for the Single Christian

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What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘celibacy’? Monks, nuns, robes and rosary beads? The forced lifestyle of the ‘dateless’ or a relic of yesteryear morality? According to author Christine Colon, celibacy isn’t just about sex and singleness isn’t a life stage to be endured until the real thing (marriage) comes along.

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Resurrection Year FREE Chapter: Making Love in Paris

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Read chapter 7 of Resurrection Year FREE. The ‘wilderness’ season of infertility and loss is behind us, Merryn and I are into our ‘Resurrection Year’, and here we learn some lessons on what to be grateful for while wandering the streets of Paris. More…

In a lonely world, where can I find love?

In a lonely world, where can I find love? In this 5 minute video I look at trends like single-person households in Australia, the phenomenal rise of social networking sites, and ‘sexting’ as signs of our deep longing for love. More…

Jean Vanier on Welcoming the Humiliated

In this moving 7 minute film, Jean Vanier tells the story of Pauline, a woman who arrived at his L’Arch community suffering from epilepsy, paraplegia, and anger due to decades of humiliation. As Jean explains, Pauline needed more than professional help. She needed to be loved, listened to and helped to discover that ‘she is more beautiful than she dares believe.’ More…

Hearing the Whispers of God

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God is calling us, trying to get our attention. But he rarely shouts to make himself heard. Instead, he whispers to us. Before we’ve even opened a Bible he has been drawing, beckoning, whispering. Will we stop to hear him? Will we even attempt to hear his voice? Here are four ways he whispers to us and how we can learn to listen. Episode 4 in the Unseen Footprints article and podcast series. More…

How to Talk to an Atheist (or a Christian)

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I love it when Christians and atheists come together to talk. Recently I was invited to be a guest on Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable? radio show to dialogue with an ex-Christian named Rebekah. We heard her story, discussed some of the assumptions Christians make about atheists, then explored ways Christians and atheists can better converse together. Here are 5 points from that discussion. More…

Four Questions on the Nation’s Soul [Podcast]

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Recorded at the Mural Hall of Australia’s Parliament House for the Christian Schools Australia National Policy Conference, this was my most enjoyable keynote presentation for 2009. In it I examine social trends like Mind-Body-Spirit festivals, life coaching, voluntourism, ‘secular confessionals’ and more to discern four spiritual questions asked by today’s Australians. More…