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Polls Say We’re a Generation Seeking Fame. Here’s Where That Will Lead Us

I recently asked my seven year-old nephew what he wanted to be when he grew up. With delightful honesty he said, “I want to be famous!” He’s not alone, of course. Lots of kids want to be famous, as did we at his age. But for some years now polls have revealed a growing hunger for fame among us adults. And that’s a problem. More…

When the World Sends You Garbage, Send Back Music

Cateura is a small slum in Paraguay, South America, built on a rubbish tip. Desperately poor, its villagers eke out a living by recycling and selling whatever they can find in the garbage. But from these unpromising conditions something beautiful has emerged. And it holds an important lesson for you and me. More…

Today We Push Out into New, Uncharted Waters. Don’t Be Afraid

A new year. A new decade. After counting down to Big Ben chiming, watching the ball drop in Times Square and seeing Sydney Harbour erupt in fireworks, today we begin a new chapter of our lives. This is a time of new possibilities and adventures, but also uncertainty for some as none of us knows all 2020 will bring. So, here’s something to hold on to as you journey forward, pushing out into these exciting, uncharted waters. More…

Stormzy, Coldplay and Kanye Reached for the Light this Year. This Christmas, We Can Too

British rapper Stormzy turns Glastonbury festival into a worship service. Kanye West announces Jesus is his king. Coldplay hope for a world of peace and perfection. It’s been a fascinating year in music. In a world growing more secular by the day, spiritual longing keeps breaking through – a longing Christmas fulfils. The Light of the World has come to interrupt our darkness. A very Merry Christmas to you. More…

The Best Books I Read in 2019 (and a Few Others)

Where would we be without books? What wonder and wisdom we’d miss out on, what delight we’d forfeit. And so I present to you this year’s edition of my Best Books list – the titles I read, those I had the honour of endorsing, the good, the not-so-good, and more. What were the best books you read this year? I’d love to know in the comments section. More…

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…