The period leading up to Christmas is traditionally called Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation as we 'wait' for the Messiah's birth and prepare for his promised return one day. A recent experience helped me see that Advent also reflects the whole of our lives.
We all know the 10 Commandments. Well, this week the producers of BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought segment asked me to come up with an 11th Commandment. I came up with this, but not before discovering an endearing fact about early morning presenter Vanessa Feltz!
Here was my task on BBC Radio 2 this morning: to speak as a Christian about a Jewish festival to a secular audience. No pressure! As Jews around the world observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this weekend, I suggested this Jewish holiday has value for us all. Here's the audio and transcript.
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
We know Hollywood as a place of glitz and glamour. But that's not how it started. When Harvey and Daeida Wilcox bought 160 acres of Californian valley in 1885 their vision was to create nothing less than a Christian utopia. Here's what happened next.
Sometimes an apology is not enough. That's the difficult lesson I learnt from my friend Mike some years ago. When I was asked to discuss the topic of 'Making Amends' on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought segment this morning, I shared his story with presenter Vanessa Feltz.
Bob Marley was buried with a guitar, a Bible, and a bud of marijuana in his coffin. He was a Rastafarian most of his life before converting to Christianity just before his death. His life and beliefs were complex. But he inspired his audience with the biblical story of heaven.
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.