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NASA Sent a Message to the Universe. Here’s What Came Back

This week NASA released some fascinating facts about its Voyager 2 spacecraft. Launched forty-two years ago, the ship has given us iconic pictures of Saturn and Neptune along its 10 billion mile journey. Late last year it left our solar system and now drifts in interstellar space. Its batteries will die in 2025. After that, scientists say it will stay in orbit for billions of years—an ‘ambassador from Earth to the Milky Way.’ An ambassador carries messages. This one does too—more than we may at first realise. More…

Friends, the World is Asking More From Us

It’s been eight years since Merryn and I started life as a childless couple, six years since our story was first told in Resurrection Year, with many people and their stories encountered since. I’ve seen that childless couples, and many others, hunger for hope and deep Christian community… but are struggling to find it. Here’s what we can do. More…

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Here’s What Survivors Want You to Know

Diana is a hair stylist and public health advocate. Chestnut hair, warm smile, she’s good at her job and caring towards others. She’s also a five-time suicide attempt survivor. Hers is one of many stories I’ve heard in preparation for today—World Suicide Prevention Day. Having spent time on the end of a crisis line, I thought I knew a bit about the subject. But there was so much more for me to learn. Here’s what people like Diana want you and me to know—and it’s good. More…

How to Stop Work From Taking Over Your Life

Checking email at all hours. Catching up on work every weekend. Feeling like you should be doing something productive when you rest. If you’ve been caught up in the modern malady of overwork you’re not alone. In this warm conversation with Mary Hynes, host of CBC Canada’s Tapestry program, you’ll hear us explore how society has come to idolise work (it’s not about money), why playfulness is next to godliness, the simple daily practice that’s helped me interrupt the hyper-productivity cycle, and more. More…

Being Heard is the First Step to Healing

‘Being heard is the first step to healing.’ These words from Patrick Regan sum up well the TV conversation you’re about to see. In this TBN UK interview Patrick and I discuss the importance of sharing your emotions, why telling someone to ‘man up’ or ‘have more faith’ doesn’t work, how to understand God’s role in suffering, and how to see beautiful things emerge from your disappointment. I hope it brings you some encouragement today. More…

Whatever Your Job is Today, Treat it as a Caring Profession. Here’s Why

For most of us the phrase ‘caring profession’ probably brings to mind jobs like nursing, teaching and social work. But this list is far too small. Remove the ‘care’ element from other occupations and people get diminished, especially the most vulnerable. I discovered this afresh recently when I talked to Sarah, whose everyday life becomes hell when you and I fail to care about the work we do. Whatever your job is today, treat it as a caring profession. Here’s why. More…

Star Dust and Lunar Buggies. An Interview with Charlie Duke, the 10th Man on the Moon

This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first step on the moon. Only twelve people have set foot on that bright grey satellite we gaze at each night. Charlie Duke was the tenth. In this fascinating interview, you’ll hear him describe the experience in gripping detail. What’s it like to be strapped into a violently shaking projectile that blasts you into space, with myriad possibilities of you dying in the process? What’s it like riding lunar buggies and playing ‘Moon Olympics’ on that powdery surface? Listen in. It’s just a shame he left his boots up there. More…

Time to Rethink Our Attitude to Singleness

More and more of us are single. In the United Kingdom, over a third of the adult population of England and Wales are single, more than half of 25–44 year olds, and singleness is increasing in every age group with 50–64 year olds growing the fastest. Some embrace the single life with joy, others don’t, and both society and church can send mixed messages about it. It’s time to rethink our attitude to singleness. It is neither a curse to be pitied or a condition to be cured but a status with divine dignity. Here’s why. More…

What a Little Girl Named Phoebe Can Tell Us About Ourselves

A few weeks ago I spoke at a secular conference for childless couples—an audience of men and women wondering what to do with their lives now they may not become parents. After I’d spoken, a woman approached me in tears. “I’ve been wondering all day why I came,” she said, “but now I know. I needed to hear about Phoebe.” How ironic that it was a story about an unborn child that made all the difference. But what’s true of Phoebe is true of you too. More…

Bring The Making of Us to Your Small Group With This FREE Leader’s Guide and Personalised Video

Are you part of a reading group, book club or church small group? I hope so, as I believe they’re a powerful tool for personal growth. Having discovered that people are using The Making of Us in such groups, I decided to write a 7-session Leader’s Guide to help facilitate discussion. And then I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to record a personalised video for your group too? Both are FREE and available for you now. More…