Earlier this year, before Covid made things complicated, I attended a thanksgiving service for a much-loved member of our church. We lost Eileen to cancer at just 68 years of age. As the service began, more chairs had to be put out to accommodate the number of people arriving. And it led to a lesson learned
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
In this touching guest post, US writer Christina Hubbard shares her risky experiment of bringing estranged family members together for Christmas at her home. "What I feared was our history of back-handed hurtful comments," she writes. "As I made preparations, I questioned if opening my home and my heart to this family of strangers would
I recently went to Australia to be with my mother as she started chemotherapy. I went on that trip hoping to provide some practical help, and I did. But my mother really wanted something else. As you'll hear in this interview with Dr Gary Chapman, the reason why is love languages. And they affect more
Scan the magazine racks at the checkout today. Look at their endless tales of who has found love, lost love, gambled love, become too fat for love. In the glossies love is defined as desire, attraction and thrill alone—all sexy abs and stilettos. But there is another kind of love. It's one I have seen
What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘celibacy’? Monks, nuns, robes and rosary beads? The forced lifestyle of the 'dateless' or a relic of yesteryear morality? According to author Christine Colon, celibacy isn't just about sex and singleness isn't a life stage to be endured until the real thing (marriage) comes along.
Read chapter 7 of Resurrection Year FREE. The 'wilderness' season of infertility and loss is behind us, Merryn and I are into our 'Resurrection Year', and here we learn some lessons on what to be grateful for while wandering the streets of Paris.
In a lonely world, where can I find love? In this 5 minute video I look at trends like single-person households in Australia, the phenomenal rise of social networking sites, and ‘sexting’ as signs of our deep longing for love.
In this moving 7 minute film, Jean Vanier tells the story of Pauline, a woman who arrived at his L'Arch community suffering from epilepsy, paraplegia, and anger due to decades of humiliation. As Jean explains, Pauline needed more than professional help. She needed to be loved, listened to and helped to discover that 'she is
Recorded at the Mural Hall of Australia's Parliament House for the Christian Schools Australia National Policy Conference, this was my most enjoyable keynote presentation for 2009. In it I examine social trends like Mind-Body-Spirit festivals, life coaching, voluntourism, ‘secular confessionals’ and more to discern four spiritual questions asked by today’s Australians.