On Faith and Belief

In a World of Ideas, How Can We Find the Authentic God?

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As any psychologist can tell you, our understanding of God is vitally important. Many are held captive by an imaginary deity shaped by fear, pain, past, or our own desires. These humanly-inspired gods always fail us, or forever holding us in torment. So the question is, what is God really like? How can we spot the authentic from the counterfeit? More…

Where Do Your Ideas About God Come From?

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As a primary-schooler I contemplated God and felt trapped. At the time my parents were in one of the world’s more zealous religious sects, I was being raised according to its tenets, and the God of this faith was difficult to please. We all hold an image of God in our minds. So who is your God? What is your God like? Here’s one way to find out when, and how, you formed your image of God… More…

Unseen Footprints FREE Chapters

Could we have had encounters with the divine that we haven’t yet recognised as such? Could God be written into the drama of our lives as if played by a secondary character or an extra that we haven’t paid much attention to? Read or download the first three chapters of the new edition award-winning book Unseen Footprints. More…

064 A Miracle Story I Can Believe: Sean George Raised From the Dead

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Miracles can be hard for the modern mind to accept. And I can be sceptical myself about ‘miracle’ stories. I’ve heard too many that proved to be bogus or didn’t last. But Dr Sean George’s story is remarkable. Medically documented and verified, it’s one miracle I can believe. And it happened through the power of one simple, little, silent, heartfelt prayer… More…

063 The Day I Interviewed Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen

Fans adore Joel Osteen’s positive-thinking sermons. Critics say he’s more self-help guru than gospel preacher. When I sat down with Joel at the 2009 Hillsong Conference, I met a meticulously styled man with a friendly smile and courteous spirit. I put the critics’ concerns to him, got some answers, left thinking well of Joel, but also with a bunch more questions. More…

Everything in This Cafe is Free—Just Like God’s Gifts

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Imagine walking into a cafe, ordering a flat white and a piece of cake, sitting down at a table while they’re brought to you, and then, after enjoying your morning tea, you go to pay the bil… and discover there isn’t one. The coffee and cake is free—a gift to you from the cafe owners. And it will be free again tomorrow, and the next day. Such a place exists, and it reminds me of the very Easter message itself. 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…

055 What ‘Turn the Other Cheek’ Means (and Doesn’t) in an Age of Terrorism

The stories come almost every day: terror groups like ISIS destroying lives and using every form of intimidation to get implement their radical vision for the world. How should we respond? I believe Jesus has something powerful to say to the problem, but his words need to be carefully understood before being applied. 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…

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…