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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…

What is the Gospel and What’s Your Role in it? Introducing the Awakening Project

Christians talk a lot about ‘the gospel’. We talk about hearing the gospel, believing the gospel, sharing the gospel with others. But what is the gospel?

When I went onto the streets to see who could tell me, I got answers like:

  • It’s something to do with the Bible and church…
  • It’s about God and love, and means different things to different people…
  • It’s a style of music, right?

If I was to ask the same question in a church I’d probably get a more detailed answer. The Gospel, someone would say, is that Jesus died for our sins and by believing in him we can spend eternity with God in heaven. But is that it? Forgiveness and More…

You Are Known By Name

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I have an embarrassing habit of forgetting people’s names, even of people I’ve known for years (it’s pretty bad—you’ll laugh.) Since names are more than mere words, it’s a weakness I wish I could beat. Thankfully there’s Someone who knows you by name, and who will never forget it. More…

You’re Both So Different? That Could Be What Makes Your Marriage Work

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After 21 years, I sometimes look at my wife Merryn and wonder how our marriage works. I’m a writer and speaker, Merryn is a statistician. I work with words, she works with numbers. I want beauty, she wants function. And that’s only the start of our differences! Here’s what’s helped us stick together… 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…

On Death Row for 28 Years. Here’s How Anthony Ray Hinton Stayed Joyful

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In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was charged with a double-murder, found guilty by a jury, and sentenced to death. But he was innocent. His sentence was overturned only in 2015—nearly thirty years later. What’s most astounding about Ray’s story is that he faced those 28 gruelling, unfair years with joy. How? More…

I’ve Been Working on a Secret Project. Time To Tell You About it

Okay, I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog recently. And in life in general. I feel like a recluse who has finally stepped outside after years holed up in a little room being passed meals through the cat flap. The reason: I’ve been pouring my heart and soul into a new book. A book that dares to suggest that when life as we know it ends new adventures can begin, and that when identity is lost we can discover who we really are. A book that’s taken over four years of reflection and two years to write. It’s time to tell you a bit about it.

It will release in March 2019. I have so much more to tell you.

But what a challenge it’s been to write. 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…

Got Some Goals for the New Year? Great. Just Don’t Forget This

Woman holding a January Calendar

I can be a real dreamer. There’s always a book, a media project, a life ambition waiting in the wings. So when BBC Radio 2 asked what my hope for the new year was, my mind automatically went down the path of goals and ambitions. But something wasn’t right. There’s more to life than career goals… More…

The Best Books I Read in 2017 (all 30 of them)

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It’s that time again: my annual roundup of best books read in the past year. Memoirs, love affairs, spiritual crises, faith and philosophy, the search for contentment, church life in small town America, and – of course – more Marilynne Robinson. If you love exploring life, love and spirituality, in both fiction and non-fiction forms, this list is for you. More…