Where is my life heading? What does the future hold? All of us ask such questions. In this 6 minute video I look at the popularity of life coaching, Mind-Body-Spirit festivals and the Dalai Lama as ways our 'secular' societies are searching for spiritual guidance.
In his book The Future Files, futurist Richard Watson outlines five current world trends, one of which he calls a ‘renewed search for personal meaning’. In this 8 minute video I look at the rise of workplace spirituality, voluntourism and consumerism, and suggest that they are part of what Richard Watson is talking about.
George Bernard Shaw once said that if you want to see how a society thinks, look at what it searches for. In this 6-part video series I explore a variety of social trends and suggest that four questions are bubbling up from the Australian soul, questions which I believe hint at a spiritual search.
Throughout the 1990s Andy Sorenson was one of the most in-demand Christian artists in Australia. Then he slipped away from the live music scene. There were a number of reasons why—the more serious of which you’re about to discover in this interview. Watch as Andy talks about the sexual abuse he encountered as a child
Just before I left Australia for the UK I was privileged to be interviewed by Simon Smart at the Centre for Public Christianity. In this short 7 minute video Simon asks me about my time hosting Open House, in particular: some of my favourite interview guests, a surprising guest, guests who displayed unusual wisdom and
On Sunday March 27, 2011, I handed over the Open House radio show to its new host, veteran journalist and Sky News presenter Leigh Hatcher. As this video shows, the moment marked a new beginning for me, for Leigh, and for the Open House program. The night was filled with laughter, lessons, gifts, tears and
William 'Paul' Young's book The Shack has been a publishing phenomenon. Originally written for his kids, the book went viral and has since sold millions. Its tale of Mack losing his daughter Missy and meeting God to discover an answer to suffering has been hailed by many as life-changing. The book has also caused much
In part 2 of my extended interview with The Shack author William 'Paul' Young, Paul shares the personal story behind the book, including some details not published elsewhere: his childhood abuse, his later addictions, his drive to please people and God to find affection, and the event on January 4 1994 that turned his life
In part 3 of my interview with The Shack author William P Young, Paul and I discuss the need to go back to the place of our pain and grief to find God, why Paul portrayed God as 'Papa', Jesus and 'Sarayu', the misconceptions about God The Shack tries to address, and why God is
In part 4 and 5 of my extended interview with William P Young, author of the phenomenally popular book The Shack, Paul and I explore some of the criticisms that have been levelled at his book. In this segment you'll hear Paul respond to some of the criticism, in particular whether his portrayal of God