On Spirituality and Change

Life has Three Journeys. The Second is the Hardest, But it Can Transform You

In his insightful little book The Second Journey, Gerald O’Collins divides life into three phases. The first is from childhood to adulthood, the third from old age to death. In between is the ‘second journey’: a path of great restlessness, questioning and even disillusionment that can nonetheless transform us for good. Here’s an overview of the Second Journey and what can result when it’s travelled well. More…

When You Stop Repeating the Lies and Start Believing What God Says About You

A troubled home life. Feelings of insecurity. A longing for love. Self-hatred. For Malcolm Duncan these feelings developed into a destructive morning mantra he would repeat in the mirror throughout his earliest years. Then one night he had an experience that changed everything. Malcolm’s moving story shows what can happen when we stop repeating lies about ourselves and start believing who God believes us to be. What lies are you believing, and what will you replace them with? More…

What Was That First Christmas Like? This Might Give Us a Clue

I was struck with wonder recently on a cold, rainy night in London, when I came across a dozen angels—made of thousands of pulsing lights, hovering above Regent Street. It’s the most jaw-dropping Christmas display I’ve seen. It got me thinking about what that very first Christmas was like, and the sense of awe that’s central to the story. More…

Do You Trust Me? One Woman’s Wrestle to Trust God with the Unexplainable

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If you’ve seen or gone through a deep grief, you’ll probably know the battle that takes place between your head and heart, while you’re trying to understand, come to terms with loss, and still trust God. Today I’m publishing an entry from someone’s private journal – someone walking that wilderness, wrestling with God while learning how to trust. More…

How Can We Stay Civil in the Age of Outrage? Here are Three Ideas

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Political antagonism is growing across the globe. Some have called this culturally polarised time the ‘age of outrage’. In taking a stand for our chosen cause, we’re losing civility. Here are some ways we can stay civil and respectful in the face of our differences. More…

Burnout Begins With Weariness. Here’s How to Stop it Going Further

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There is a cost to giving. At it’s worst that cost is burnout—the emotional (and often physical) collapse of someone who has spent too long pouring out without filling up. Psychiatrist Robert Coles wrote about the hazards that come with a life of service and giving. It was the warning signs of burnout that really grabbed my attention. More…

Heaven is a Symphony Playing All Around You. Here Are Three Ways to Hear it

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Modern Christianity has been criticized at times for being about little more than “a ticket to heaven”. But it’s so, so much more. Heaven is where God is, and since God is everywhere, heaven isn’t just ‘up there’ but touches earth too. Here’s some ways we can glimpse heaven’s reality now… More…

Eight Lessons to Learn From the Life of Billy Graham (1918-2018)

A college dropout farm boy from North Carolina finds faith, starts to preach, travels the world, meets dictators, becomes a confidante to presidents, becomes a media entrepreneur, catalyses dozens of global ministries, and ends his days as the most influential and best-loved evangelist in history. Such is the Billy Graham story. After years of ill health, Billy Graham has died at the age of 99. Books have been written about his legacy. Whole countries and generations of Christian leaders have been shaped by his work. Here are 8 lessons I’ve learnt from Graham’s life and faith. What are yours? More…

Do You Need a ‘Fallow Year’? The Ancient Art of a Year of Rest

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‘You reap what you sow’ is a powerful principle describing the way much of life works. Plant a seed of goodness, kindness or faith, and a harvest of it will follow later. But the metaphor assumes the seed is sown into healthy soil. What if it’s not? What happens when we keep trying to get a harvest from an exhausted life? More…

Are You Running to False Places of Safety?

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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…