Cateura is a small slum in Paraguay, South America, built on a rubbish tip. Desperately poor, its villagers eke out a living by recycling and selling whatever they can find in the garbage. But from these unpromising conditions something beautiful has emerged. And it holds an important lesson for you and me.
Ever since writing Resurrection Year I've received hundreds of emails from people sharing their broken dreams and heartaches. In some, I've noticed a subtle belief that their trials are divine retribution of some kind—a punishment for their mistakes or wrongs. If you've ever felt the same, you're not alone. But the feeling needs to be
British MP Jo Cox's murder yesterday sent the nation into shock, halted the EU referendum campaign, and sparked spontaneous vigils last night. It came just days after another history-making tragedy, the Orlando shooting. The loss of a young wife, mother, politician and humanitarian, applauded by all as a woman of astounding compassion, and those lost
Researchers into resilience say we bounce back from adversity better when we can turn our weakness into strength and our pain into power. It's a nice thought, but how can it happen? Here are four ways I've seen God do it by seeing pain as a challenge to be fulfilled, a gift to be embraced,
You’ll find him in Christian bookstores, on ‘Christian art’ sites and all over Facebook. He may hang on your friend's lounge room wall, or even on your own. He is kitsch Jesus. But while he may remind us of how sweet and gentle he is, kitsch Jesus has a problem. Here he is in pictorial
Merryn and I have just returned from a holiday to southern Italy. It was a trip filled with both beauty and decay. Yet even in the decay a subtle beauty was found - a 'broken beauty' which can help us see our own lives in a new way. Here are 30 photographs to show you
Can anything good come out of painful 'wilderness' experiences like grief, unwanted singleness, infertility or failure? I believe so. In this talk I explore how God makes the wilderness a place of surprising revelation, provision and discovery.
A few weeks ago I received a phone call from John Smith, the radical Australian minister, speaker and God's Squad motorcycle club founder. He told me my book Resurrection Year had moved him deeply. I asked him to put his feelings into words.
Why is God invisible? Why doesn't he 'appear' in front of us? Even when he does appear, he comes disguised as a pillar of cloud, a whisper, or a burning bush, and even Jesus - God in human form - wasn't instantly recognisable after his resurrection. So why does God so love to hide? In