Tag Archives: Love

041 The 5 Love Languages with Gary Chapman

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…

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Beyond Sexy Abs and Stilettos (for BBC Radio 2)

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…

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040 Rethinking Celibacy for the Single Christian

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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Hearing the Whispers of God

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…

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How to Talk to an Atheist (or a Christian)

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…

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Seeing God in the Everyday

Could experiences of beauty, goodness, reason and love give us a glimpse of God’s face? In this second video introducing my new book project More Than This, I suggest the answer is Yes. The notion of ‘seeing’ God in everyday life will make up the second half of More Than This and Simon Smart from the Centre for Public Christianity here asks me some great questions to test the idea. More…

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Your Heart’s Longings

Today I am excited to introduce my new book project to you and invite you to be part of the writing team! Tentatively titled More Than This: Searching for God in a Secular Age, the book will be the culmination of five year’s thinking on, speaking about and research into the ways we search for that ‘something more’ in our lives. In this 8 minute video I introduce the first part of the book’s message – human longing – and offer some prizes for getting involved. More…

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