We take pills to ease it, hold prayer meetings to heal it, develop strategies to avoid it and do research to remedy it. We may even doubt the existence of God because of it. But there is one aspect of pain that us moderns rarely consider: That suffering could be part of God's purpose for
A weekly roundup of life, faith and spirituality stories. This week (13 April, 2011): Faith & Health, Grief & Hope, Happiness, and more.
Imagine for a moment that you’re a member of an organised crime ring with connections to corrupt city authorities. Imagine that you discover someone who knows your gang’s every deed—every scheme, every secret, every deal, all the money trails. One night you decide to round him up. He has to be silenced.
What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of *my* life? In Part 1 of thise series I outlined four popular answers to the question, as seen in our films, books and stories. Here I offer a fifth option. Because, it is my conviction that God gives our lives meaning in at least
Each month around 550,000 of us search the phrase 'meaning of life' on Google. And we're not all looking for the Monty Python film. Does my life have any meaning? we ask. Our culture offers four main answers to the question, as reflected in our books, stories and films.
Winning the Christian Book of the Year award on its first Australian release, this unabridged recording of Unseen Footprints is perfect for listening on the go. Recorded in pristine quality, this MP3 download is available for immediate download and includes special guided reflection exercises.
On February 23, 2012 Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and atheist biologist Richard Dawkins debated the origin of life and humanity at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre. Here is the full video with some personal reflections and suggestions for further reading and viewing.
What if the 'wilderness' seasons of life where there to make us into a new kind of person? What if the wilderness was a transition point to a new Promised Land, a new mission in life or a new beginning? A Lent reflection on recovering from broken dreams with God.
Cameron Semmens is an Australian performance poet. When he asked me to contribute a chapter for his new book I heartily agreed. 'I'd like you to address the theme of submission,' he said. As it turned out, the topic was timely for me. Here is the chapter in full, including his poignant accompanying poem about
TD Jakes' first church had 10 members. Today his Potter's House Church in Dallas, Texas sees over 30,000 attend its services each week. Jakes has been praised for his service to the poor, the imprisoned, the drug addicted and abused, but critics worry about his mansions and tailored suits, and whether his beliefs put him