Pause for Thought

Are You Running to False Places of Safety?

Girl Running

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…

God Has a Dream for the World. And There’s a Place for You in it

Girl daydreaming by Ratiu Bia, Unsplash

God has a dream for the world. We don’t know exactly what this dream will look like, but we’ve been given a glimpse: a world of healed wounds, of radiant beauty, of restored harmony, of peace, environmental restoration. And it’s a dream that can inspire our dreams too… More…

We are More Than Our Greatest Success or Worst Failure

Portrait of a man by Simon Wijers

Frank Sinatra will forever be remembered for the song My Way, even though he hated it. The same thing happens to celebrities and politicians all the time as one song, controversy or policy failure becomes lodged in public memory. But there is more to them than that. And there is more to you than others see. In fact, there’s more to you than you can imagine. More…

Redeeming Generation X (for BBC Radio 2)

Cynical, nihilist, commitment-phobic, dispassionate. Perhaps no age-group in history has had more negative labels attached to it than Generation X: that often ignored ‘middle child’ generation between the Baby Boomers and Millennials. As a Gen-Xer myself, I want to shout “We’re better than you think!” But as I share in this BBC Pause for Thought segment, while many Gen-X stereotypes are exaggerated, one in particular is true. Thankfully, however, there’s a remedy for it. More…

What a Cold Pint of Beer Can Tell Us About God

I’ve never had much of a taste for beer. I know some see beer as such a societal menace, it’s not worth talking about too. But keep this in mind: the first breweries were started by Christians to provide a healthy alternative to either drinking dirty water or getting drunk on gin, and the very existence of beer speaks of the generosity and creativity of God. I explored this in a BBC Radio 2 segment recently. Take a listen. More…

What Autumn Tells Us About Life and Work: There’s a Time to Bring Something Good to an End

Autumn is a time of beauty, of harvesting and of shedding the old. I think it has something powerful to tell us about our careers and callings too: autumn isn’t just a time of productivity, but of completion and transition. It asks us to consider if our work is done and it’s time to move to something new. More…

048 Finding God in Unexpected Places (5 Great Stories)

Elijah searched for God in a whirlwind but found him in a whisper. Jacob found him in his dreams, Moses in a burning bush, and Mary Magdalene looked for him in a tomb but found him standing behind her. God always seems to turn up in unexpected places. Here are five contemporary stories to show you what I mean. More…

Coming Face-to-Face with My 17 Year-Old Self

If you had a time machine, where would you go? Would you travel to the future or the past? What would you want to see or do, and why? That was the topic BBC Radio 2 producers gave me to talk about recently. And it brought to my mind a surreal experience I had last year: seeing myself as a 17 year old again. More…

What Makes You Happy? Whatever it is, it Points to Something Greater

What makes you happy? The smell of baked bread, seeing adversity overcome, viewing the world through a child’s eyes or sinking into soft pillows at the end the day? Here are a few things that make me happy, and why I believe everyday joys like these point to something greater still. More…

Where is Home for You? It May Not Be Where You Live

Where is ‘home’ for you—that place where you feel you most belong? Is it the house where you grew up? Is it your current home? Is it just being with your loved ones, wherever you are? As you’ll read and hear, when the topic of ‘home’ was given to me by Radio 2 producers, it caused a bit of soul searching. The first thing I thought of was an eerie experience I had in my hometown. More…