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Want to Feel Happier and Care for the Earth? Do This for Just 20 Seconds a Day

According to research from the University of Derby, people who take as little as 20 seconds a day to notice nature are happier, have lower levels of anxiety and depression, and are more motivated to care for the earth. Scientists are still in discussion as to why this is the case but I have an idea. Here it is, plus some simple ways you can engage nature’s beauty today. More…

Polls Say We’re a Generation Seeking Fame. Here’s Where That Will Lead Us

I recently asked my seven year-old nephew what he wanted to be when he grew up. With delightful honesty he said, “I want to be famous!” He’s not alone, of course. Lots of kids want to be famous, as did we at his age. But for some years now polls have revealed a growing hunger for fame among us adults. And that’s a problem. More…

When the World Sends You Garbage, Send Back Music

Cateura is a small slum in Paraguay, South America, built on a rubbish tip. Desperately poor, its villagers eke out a living by recycling and selling whatever they can find in the garbage. But from these unpromising conditions something beautiful has emerged. And it holds an important lesson for you and me. More…

Today We Push Out into New, Uncharted Waters. Don’t Be Afraid

A new year. A new decade. After counting down to Big Ben chiming, watching the ball drop in Times Square and seeing Sydney Harbour erupt in fireworks, today we begin a new chapter of our lives. This is a time of new possibilities and adventures, but also uncertainty for some as none of us knows all 2020 will bring. So, here’s something to hold on to as you journey forward, pushing out into these exciting, uncharted waters. More…

Stormzy, Coldplay and Kanye Reached for the Light this Year. This Christmas, We Can Too

British rapper Stormzy turns Glastonbury festival into a worship service. Kanye West announces Jesus is his king. Coldplay hope for a world of peace and perfection. It’s been a fascinating year in music. In a world growing more secular by the day, spiritual longing keeps breaking through – a longing Christmas fulfils. The Light of the World has come to interrupt our darkness. A very Merry Christmas to you. More…

NASA Sent a Message to the Universe. Here’s What Came Back

This week NASA released some fascinating facts about its Voyager 2 spacecraft. Launched forty-two years ago, the ship has given us iconic pictures of Saturn and Neptune along its 10 billion mile journey. Late last year it left our solar system and now drifts in interstellar space. Its batteries will die in 2025. After that, scientists say it will stay in orbit for billions of years—an ‘ambassador from Earth to the Milky Way.’ An ambassador carries messages. This one does too—more than we may at first realise. More…

Friends, the World is Asking More From Us

It’s been eight years since Merryn and I started life as a childless couple, six years since our story was first told in Resurrection Year, with many people and their stories encountered since. I’ve seen that childless couples, and many others, hunger for hope and deep Christian community… but are struggling to find it. Here’s what we can do. More…

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Here’s What Survivors Want You to Know

Diana is a hair stylist and public health advocate. Chestnut hair, warm smile, she’s good at her job and caring towards others. She’s also a five-time suicide attempt survivor. Hers is one of many stories I’ve heard in preparation for today—World Suicide Prevention Day. Having spent time on the end of a crisis line, I thought I knew a bit about the subject. But there was so much more for me to learn. Here’s what people like Diana want you and me to know—and it’s good. More…

Whatever Your Job is Today, Treat it as a Caring Profession. Here’s Why

For most of us the phrase ‘caring profession’ probably brings to mind jobs like nursing, teaching and social work. But this list is far too small. Remove the ‘care’ element from other occupations and people get diminished, especially the most vulnerable. I discovered this afresh recently when I talked to Sarah, whose everyday life becomes hell when you and I fail to care about the work we do. Whatever your job is today, treat it as a caring profession. Here’s why. More…

Time to Rethink Our Attitude to Singleness

More and more of us are single. In the United Kingdom, over a third of the adult population of England and Wales are single, more than half of 25–44 year olds, and singleness is increasing in every age group with 50–64 year olds growing the fastest. Some embrace the single life with joy, others don’t, and both society and church can send mixed messages about it. It’s time to rethink our attitude to singleness. It is neither a curse to be pitied or a condition to be cured but a status with divine dignity. Here’s why. More…