3. Strengthening Relationships

054 Overcoming the 4 Forces That Destroy Relationships

When people ask me what personal discoveries I made reading the Sermon on the Mount every day for a month (then two months, then three), I mention the fact this famous speech is ultimately about resilience, that praying the Lord’s Prayer can be a powerful daily exercise, and that I was surprised how practical his teaching on relationships is. Jesus exposes the four main forces that destroy relationship and gives practical direction on how to overcome each one. Here’s an overview. More…

053 If You Were to Write Your Life into a Short Story, What Would it Say? Here’s Mine

When you’re an author doing media for your a book, it’s an honour to have a journalist ask you questions that reach beyond the press release. That’s what Amy Boucher-Pye did for me recently in preparation for a magazine article. ‘If you were to write your life into a short story, what would it say?’ she asked. Here’s what I came up with and why I believe it’s a valuable exercise for you to try too. More…

Introducing My New Book Project: Resilient!

I’m excited! Very excited in fact. Today dear friends I announce to you my next book project called ‘Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life’. It’s all about developing inner strength to weather life’s storms and flourish. The book releases worldwide on Wednesday October 21. There’ll be a short film series too, plus some free goodies for you. And it all came about from an experiment… More…

Resources for the Christian Couple Facing Infertility

From the day a couple discovers conceiving naturally will be difficult, they are thrown into a complex world of options, opinions and decisions. Is IVF an ethical route to take? Should we foster or adopt? What about donor eggs or sperm, or surrogacy? Here are some resources that may be helpful for you or your friends. More…

041 The 5 Love Languages with Gary Chapman

I recently went to Australia to be with my mother as she started chemotherapy. I went on that trip hoping to provide some practical help, and I did. But my mother really wanted something else. As you’ll hear in this interview with Dr Gary Chapman, the reason why is love languages. And they affect more than just our relationships with others. More…

Searching for Love? Look Beyond the Sexy Abs & Stilettos

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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 up close. More…

040 Rethinking Celibacy for the Single Christian

What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘celibacy’? Monks, nuns, robes and rosary beads? The forced lifestyle of the ‘dateless’ or a relic of yesteryear morality? According to author Christine Colon, celibacy isn’t just about sex and singleness isn’t a life stage to be endured until the real thing (marriage) comes along.

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Resurrection Year FREE Chapter: Making Love in Paris

Read chapter 7 of Resurrection Year FREE. The ‘wilderness’ season of infertility and loss is behind us, Merryn and I are into our ‘Resurrection Year’, and here we learn some lessons on what to be grateful for while wandering the streets of Paris. More…

In a lonely world, where can I find love?

In a lonely world, where can I find love?

In a lonely world, where can I find love? In this 5 minute video I look at trends like single-person households in Australia, the phenomenal rise of social networking sites, and ‘sexting’ as signs of our deep longing for love. More…

The Meaning of Life? Here’s a 5th Option

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 three ways. More…