Listening

Listening to the Soul of Your Community [Video]

What does your community’s culture—its stories, songs and advertisements—reveal about its soul: its beliefs, values and longings? In this video I share the framework behind my writing, speaking and broadcasting, giving you tools to ‘read’ social trends so you can communicate better. More…

How to Talk to an Atheist (or a Christian)

I love it when Christians and atheists come together to talk. Recently I was invited to be a guest on Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable? radio show to dialogue with an ex-Christian named Rebekah. We heard her story, discussed some of the assumptions Christians make about atheists, then explored ways Christians and atheists can better converse together. Here are 5 points from that discussion. More…

6 Lessons from the Life of John Stott

Next to Billy Graham, perhaps no one has defined modern evangelical Christianity like John Stott. On Wednesday afternoon, July 27 2011, Stott finished his race – dying in the presence of friends, with Scripture being read to him and Handel’s Messiah playing in the background. Stott lived a remarkable life, left a remarkable legacy and set a tremendous example of integrity and faithfulness to millions. Here are 6 lessons we can learn from this humble man of God. More…

The Gift of Listening

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 the role pain played in their lives. Simon and I also talk about the gift of listening. When have you been profoundly helped, simply by being listened to? More…

Four Life Lessons from a Thousand Conversations

After five years hosting Open House, and another decade in broadcasting before that, I have met thousands of amazing people, heard a plethora of inspiring tales, and learnt a number of personally significant lessons about life. Here are four ‘life lessons’ on faith, dreams, change and transformation, gleaned from my conversations with Donald Miller, Brian ‘Head’ Welch, Nicky Cruz, Yazz, Ray Martin, Bryce Courtenay, Catherine Hamlin & more. More…