Life Mission

Touched by God Through a Truck Driver’s Hands

One surreal morning some months ago, Merryn and I woke to the news that her father had been taken to hospital following a serious car crash, and my father had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. To complicate matters, my dad is also my mother’s full-time carer, and they all live in Australia. With both parents now needing care, and us so far away, some stressful days followed. But then a man named Helmut stepped into our lives. Here’s what happened next. More…

Life has Three Journeys. The Second is the Hardest, But it Can Transform You

In his insightful little book The Second Journey, Gerald O’Collins divides life into three phases. The first is from childhood to adulthood, the third from old age to death. In between is the ‘second journey’: a path of great restlessness, questioning and even disillusionment that can nonetheless transform us for good. Here’s an overview of the Second Journey and what can result when it’s travelled well. 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…

Focus Your Life for the New Year with These Three Questions

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been in a reflective mood as the New Year begins, contemplating all you’d like to achieve in 2016. I’ve spent the last few weeks pondering not just my goals for the year ahead, but re-thinking my life mission and what I’d like to achieve in my time on earth. Here’s three great exercises that can help you do something similar. More…

042 Three Ways to Focus Your Life, with Tony Campolo

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None of us want to reach the end of our lives and feel we’ve achieved little. Listen to my conversation with speaker, sociologist and prolific author Tony Campolo as we talk about his life, work, influences, and the three things we can do to focus our lives and leave a profound impact on others. More…

024 A Simple Rhythm for a Profound Spiritual Life

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Have you ever noticed that Jesus, at first, didn’t call his earliest followers to pray, do justice, heal the sick or share the gospel? Instead, he called them to do two things and two things alone. Here they are. If we grasp this simple rhythm, it will result in a transformative spiritual life. More…