Spirituality

An Anxious Woman in a Faded Floral Dress

George Bernard Shaw once said that if you want to see how a society thinks, look at what it searches for. In this 6-part video series I explore a variety of social trends and suggest that four questions are bubbling up from the Australian soul, questions which I believe hint at a spiritual search. More…

How Pain Can Lead us to God

For some people, pain is the reason why they can’t believe in God or spiritual things. But for others, pain is the very thing that prompts their search for ‘something more’. In Episode 2 of this article and podcast series on the book Unseen Footprints, we explore the role pain has in spiritual searching. Includes a reflection exercise on recalling your spiritual ‘inciting incident’. More…

Becoming Attentive to God

Person hiking in a valley - pic by Danka Peter

If God’s unseen footprints walk in and out of our lives, how can we begin to discern and follow them? Here is Episode 1 in a special series of articles and podcasts on the themes of my book, Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life. We’ll explore unseen realities and conclude with a guided reflection exercise on becoming attentive to God. More…

Unseen Footprints

Simply by observing the world and the people in it, we may catch unexpected glimpses of the divine. Unseen Footprints is a reflective walk through pain, yearning, and doubt; a journey that highlights the ways God whispers to us through our surroundings. If you are searching for a deeper reality, follow Sheridan Voysey’s lead and “open your eyes” to the things that are right in front of you. You may just discover God was there all along. More…

Who are Today’s Secular Priests?

In a secular age, who are our priests? When religion has been dismissed, who do we turn to to find guidance for our lives? Here is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, More Than This: Searching for God in a Secular Age. As it turns out, many of these new ‘holy’ men and women are right in our lounge rooms. More…

If the Beer is Talking, What’s it Saying?

Perhaps it was growing up as a city boy. Or perhaps it was not growing up in a mainstream Christian denomination. Whatever the reason, until recently I had never experienced a Harvest Festival. Then I went to one and was reminded how we are all dependent on God for what we eat, are responsibe for those who go hungry, and how a pint of beer offers a simple lesson on life. More…

What I Found at Swiss L’Abri

In 1955 Francis and Edith Schaeffer established L’Abri (French for ‘The Shelter’) in the cosy Swiss skiing village of Huemoz. Established as a safe place for seekers of truth to bring their questions about life, faith and belief, L’Abri centres have now spread around the world. The L’Abri community holds some wonderful lessons for those of us interested in faith and spirituality. Here’s what I found when I visited this month, and how you can implement something similar in your life. More…

Open House Volume 2 Free Chapter: Nancy Heche

Imagine you’re a mother of five with twenty-five years of marriage under your belt when your husband is diagnosed with AIDS – the shocking result of his homosexual secret. In this free chapter from Open House Volume 2, Nancy Heche (mother of actress Anne Heche) shares her journey from betrayal to forgiveness. More…

A Basket Full of Stars: How to Communicate with Colour and Creativity

What does it take to become a colourful, creative communicator in your writing and public speaking? How do you craft a message that sparkles in the mind of your audience? In this 44 minute audio seminar I cover the 4 phases of creativity and the 6 creative elements that will help your writing and speaking shine.
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Four Questions on the Nation’s Soul [Podcast]

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. More…