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Dec 31, 2020 Sheridan Voysey
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Author and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey draws on both personal experience and Christian faith to explore the greater meaning to be found in the world around us. Reflecting on the themes of Joy, Wonder, Meaning, Belonging, Compassion, Callings, Seasons, Change, and Hope, this uplifting, thoughtful, and affirming audiobook will inspire readers of all ages and life stages. Please enjoy these FREE chapters then visit www.sheridanvoysey.com/reflectaudio to get the full audiobook.
Topics: Audiobook, Gift Book, Reflection, Meditation, Devotional, Christian
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Jul 18, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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Only twelve people have set foot on that bright grey planet we gaze at each night. Charlie Duke was the tenth. In this fascinating interview, you’ll hear him describe the experience in gripping detail. What's it like to be strapped into a violently shaking projectile that blasts you into space, with myriad possibilities of you dying in the process? What’s it like riding lunar buggies and playing ‘Moon Olympics’ on that powdery surface? Listen in. It’s just a shame he left his boots up...
Topics: Moon, NASA, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16
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Jul 9, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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More and more of us are single. In the United Kingdom, over a third of the adult population of England and Wales are single, more than half of 25–44 year olds, and singleness is increasing in every age group with 50–64 year olds growing the fastest. Some embrace the single life with joy, others don't, and both society and church can send mixed messages about it. It's time to rethink our attitude to singleness. It is neither a curse to be pitied or a condition to be cured but a status with...
Topic: Singleness
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Jun 25, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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A few weeks ago I spoke at a secular conference for childless couples—an audience of men and women wondering what to do with their lives now they may not become parents. After I'd spoken, a woman approached me in tears. “I've been wondering all day why I came," she said, "but now I know. I needed to hear about Phoebe." How ironic that it was a story about an unborn child that made all the difference. But what's true of Phoebe is true of you too.
Topics: Identity, Childlessness, Psalm 139, Infertility, Down syndrome
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May 20, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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When you can't become who you want to be, you can still become who you're meant to be. And the person you're meant to be is so much bigger than you've dreamed. In the last few weeks I have done dozens of radio interviews across the US, UK and Australia sharing lessons like this from my book The Making of Us . Here is one of my favourites. In this far-reaching conversation, Susie Larson and I discuss the difference between primary and secondary callings, how fixating on our past achievements can...
Topics: The Making of Us, Calling, Life Purpose, Identity, Susie Larson
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May 14, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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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.
Topics: Love, Christianity, Service, Calling
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Mar 7, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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John Smith, legendary Australian minister, commentator, activist and founder of the God’s Squad Motorcycle Club has died after a long battle with cancer. He addressed the United Nations, nearly faced execution in the Philippines, founded numerous charities and spent much of his life with outlaws and the marginalised, but in his early years was anything but the radical. In this  Open House  interview I recorded with him in 2007, you’ll hear how the once buttoned-up youth became a...
Topics: John Smith, God's Squad, Outlaw Bikers, Christianity
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Mar 7, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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What makes us who we are? How do we adjust when things don’t go as we hoped? Can we recover if we make a choice that’s less than perfect? In  The Making of Us  I explore these questions and more by telling a story of two friends walking through the rugged beauty of England’s north, asking questions and talking about their lives. May I read some of this story to you? Here are two sample chapters. To get the full audiobook, plus a bonus photobook, visit www.themakingofus.com
Topics: Calling, Purpose, Life Purpose, The Making of Us, Identity, Meaning
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Feb 22, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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One autumn morning not long ago, I walked to an Oxford cafe, took a window table on the third floor, and pulled out my journal. I wanted to craft a statement - a creed of sorts - that would pull together what I'd learned while writing my new book  The Making of Us . Something that captured what matters most in life. Something to read regularly to guide me forward. After many scribbled phrases and crossings out, I arrived at this: The Creed. You'll find the full text in the closing chapter of...
Topics: Purpose, Calling, Meaning, Life Purpose, Manifesto
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A troubled home life. Feelings of insecurity. A longing for love. Self-hatred. For Malcolm Duncan these feelings developed into a destructive morning mantra he would repeat in the mirror throughout his earliest years. Then one night he had an encounter with God... at a rock concert of all places... that changed everything. Malcolm's story shows what can happen when we stop repeating lies about ourselves and start believing who God believes us to be.
Topics: Self Esteem, Self Image, Personal Development, Personal Growth
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Jan 8, 2019 Sheridan Voysey
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According to the experts, writing in a journal can help you reduce stress, increase creativity, solve problems, and manage conflict. I’ve also found it to be an incredibly helpful tool for making sense of our personal histories. In this season of New-Year reflection, here are four key themes a journal can help you track to bring clarity to your experience.
Topics: Journalling, Memoirs, Meaning of Life
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Dec 19, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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I was struck with wonder recently on a cold, rainy night in London, when I came across a dozen angels—made of thousands of pulsing lights, hovering above Regent Street. It’s the most jaw-dropping Christmas display I’ve seen. It got me thinking about what that very first Christmas was like, and the sense of awe that’s central to the story.   
Topics: Angels, Jesus, Christmas
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Nov 27, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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The surprising thing about talking publicly about childlessness, is the level of abuse that's come alongside the messages of gratitude. While many have thanked me for bringing it into the open, an equal number have seen fit to get nasty. I could let it get to me, or I could hit back – but I’ve found a better way to respond…
Topics: infertility, male infertility, internet trolls
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Nov 20, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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Last year I took part in a piece for a breakfast TV show. As the cameraman and I were driving to the filming location, he told me a story. "Last night some mates and I were in the pub," he said, "and the conversation turned to depression. It turns out some of the guys are on antidepressants. We could never have had that conversation a decade ago. We’d have been too afraid of looking weak." The cameraman and I agreed much progress had been made in men being able to discuss...
Topics: Masculinity, Men, Infertility, Childlessness
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Nov 8, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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Some days I wonder why I’m a Christian. In a secular age, it isn’t great for your career; in some countries, following Jesus can sign your death sentence. With so many spiritual alternatives, why believe? I got thinking about this recently. A memory of a close call in the Dominican Republic helped bring my reasons down to two.
Topics: Belief, Faith, Religion, Jesus
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Oct 16, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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Political antagonism is growing across the globe. Some have called this culturally polarised time the ‘age of outrage’. In taking a stand for our chosen cause, we’re losing civility. Based on the life of Jesus, Here’s some ways we can stay civil and respectful in the face of our differences.
Topics: civility, culture wars, respect
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Sep 18, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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There is a cost to giving. At it's worst that cost is burnout—the emotional (and often physical) collapse of someone who has spent too long pouring out without filling up. Psychiatrist Robert Coles wrote about the hazards that come with a life of service and giving. It was the warning signs of burnout that really grabbed my attention. 
Topics: burnout, fatigue, work life balance
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Aug 20, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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I have an embarrassing habit of forgetting people's names, even of people I've known for years (it’s pretty bad—you’ll laugh.) Since names are more than mere words, it’s a weakness I wish I could beat. Thankfully there’s Someone who knows you by name, and who will never forget it. 
Topics: Identity, God, Calling
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Aug 14, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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After 21 years, I sometimes look at my wife Merryn and wonder how our marriage works. I’m a writer and speaker, Merryn is a statistician. I work with words, she works with numbers. I want beauty, she wants function. And that’s only the start of our differences! Here’s what’s helped us stick together…
Topics: marriage, relationships, personality
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Modern Christianity has been criticized at times for being about little more than “a ticket to heaven”. But it’s so, so much more. Heaven is where God is, and since God is everywhere, heaven isn't just 'up there' but touches earth too. Here’s some ways we can glimpse heaven's reality now…
Topics: Heaven, God, Serendipity
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Jul 17, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was charged with a double-murder, found guilty by a jury, and sentenced to death. But he was innocent. His sentence was overturned only in 2015—nearly thirty years later. What’s most astounding about Ray’s story is that he faced those 28 gruelling, unfair years with joy. How? 
Topics: Justice, Freedom, Joy
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Jan 2, 2018 Sheridan Voysey
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I can be a real dreamer. There’s always a book, a media project, a life ambition waiting in the wings. So when BBC Radio 2 asked what my hope for the new year was, my mind automatically went down the path of goals and ambitions. But something wasn't right. There's more to life than career goals...
Topics: NewYear, Goal Setting, Character
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Nov 8, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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'You reap what you sow' is a powerful principle describing the way much of life works. Plant a seed of goodness, kindness or faith, and a harvest of it will follow later. But the metaphor assumes the seed is sown into healthy soil. What if it's not? What happens when we keep trying to get a harvest from an exhausted life? 
Topics: rest, sabbath
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Oct 17, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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Our new puppy Rupert Reginald McScruffy is quite the celebrity: people stop us in the street, he’s got fans on social media, and now even the BBC wants to follow his progress. Yes, he's gorgeous. But he does have his foibles; and one in particular that can teach us about what happens when we run to false places of safety.
Topics: Repentance, Fear, Transformation
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Sep 26, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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My life has been anything but a straight path. I’ve been nightclub DJ, a youth worker, a radio host, an author, a speaker; I’ve had spiritual crises, burnout, and broken dreams; and life’s curve balls have often landed me where I least expected. It used to trouble me. Until one day, out hiking, I noticed something…
Topics: Calling, Pilgrimage, Direction
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Sep 12, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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My friend Mick works on the Africa Mercy - a floating hospital ship, helping the poorest people in developing nations. When TV crews visit, they shine the spotlight on the ship’s amazing medical staff. Rarely do they point a camera at Mick’s area of work. It’s – ahem - less than glamorous. But without him, the whole thing would stop…
Topics: Calling, Spiritual Gifts, Teamwork
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Jun 27, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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When was the last time you had a truly special meal where you left the table changed, uplifted, fulfilled? You came burdened but left lighter (at least emotionally). Your soul was filled, not just your stomach. We need more of these sacred meals. But what is it that makes a meal truly sacred? A few key ingredients come to mind.
Topics: Festive Food, Sacred Meals, Slow Food
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Jun 19, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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What a gift it is to do work you love. To get paid for using your talents, and contribute to society. And since we spend so much of our lives working, it makes sense to seek a fulfilling career. But have we gotten things unbalanced? When work becomes our primary source of personal fulfilment—it leaves us vulnerable...
Topic: #faithandwork #career #fulfilment #meaningoflife #purpose #worklifebalance #jobsatisfaction...
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Apr 11, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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In his famous painting ’The Light of the World’, Holman Hunt depicted Jesus in a white robe holding a lantern, knocking gently on a door that represents our heart. With blond beard, flowing hair and serene face, the Saviour is presented as a meek, mild soother of souls. Nice image—but the Holy Week of Easter really messes it up.
Topics: Holy Week, Easter, Jesus
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Apr 4, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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My Great Grandmother Alice was one brave woman who can teach us a thing or two about facing our problems. Her husband Walter was a good man, but with one vice: he liked his drink too much for her liking. Here’s the ingenious way she dealt with it.
Topics: Great Grandma, Living Dangerously, Persuasion
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When William Paul Young sat down to write a story for his children about a man who meets God in a forest shack, little did he know it would become a publishing phenomenon—and now a movie. In 2008 Paul dropped by the Open House show, to chat about the book’s meaning, the personal story behind it, and to answer his critics.   
Topics: The Shack, William Paul Young, Suffering
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Jan 23, 2017 Sheridan Voysey
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God has a dream for the world. We don’t know exactly what this dream will look like, but we've been given a glimpse: a world of healed wounds, of radiant beauty, of restored harmony, of peace, environmental restoration. And it's a dream that can inspire our dreams too. 
Topics: Dreams, Purpose, God's Plan
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Nov 23, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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I once went to hear the Dalai Lama give a public talk. He spoke on the importance of compassion, then took questions from the audience. The last question came from the MC: “Your holiness—what is the meaning of life?” The audience leaned in as he stared at the ground, quietly thinking about his answer...
Topics: Purpose, Meaning, Meaning of life
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Sep 28, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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When I raised the topic of angelic encounters with my social media friends, I was expecting some nice stories about lights in the sky and kind strangers. Instead, their remarkable stories opened my eyes. Perhaps angels don’t so much come to us as beings with wings, halos and white robes—but dressed as people just like us …
Topics: Angels, Spirituality, Supernatural Encounters
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Sep 6, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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It was fifty years ago this week when the sci-fi pop culture phenomenon Star Trek, first hit TV screens. While it would be best described as secular humanist in outlook, that hasn't stopped religious themes slipping into Star Trek's storylines, sometimes quite overtly. In fact, its most beloved character has done some very Christ-like things.
Topics: Star Trek, Pop Culture, Christ Figures
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Aug 31, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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The human heart craves beauty. It’s why we visit art galleries, gaze at photographs, seek out the window seat, give flowers to the sick. And it’s why I was so deeply overwhelmed one memorable day in the lagoon on Lord Howe Island... Natural beauty restores, refreshes, inspires. Here’s the reason.
Topics: Nature, Beauty, Creation
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Aug 3, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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'Who can you call in the middle of the night when everything has gone wrong?" When I first heard this question some years ago it shook me to the core. I didn't have an answer. Even recently, I've found myself in need of deeper friendships. So I did some thinking and came up with a few keys to building friendships that really, really count...
Topics: Friendship, Making Friends, Encouragement
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Jul 19, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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We’ve all had days we’d rather not see our reflection in life's big metaphorical mirror. Catching a glimpse of our true selves can sometimes leave us unimpressed. I had one of those moments one day at a 'driver survivor' rest stop in Australia. I'd rather not tell you, but I've already shared it on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought, so it's out now---and sharing can be good for the soul...
Topics: Self improvement, Confession, Self awareness
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Jun 17, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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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 or injured in Orlando, can leave us questioning the existence of a good and loving God. Here is the message I shared on BBC Radio 2 this morning....
Topics: Hope, Terrorism, Jo Cox, Orlando Tragedy
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Jun 8, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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It was late, the club was packed, and I was one of the featured DJs. The night would be both a disaster, and one that would change the course of my life. It’s just one of the many stories in my new audiobook of Unseen Footprints… Download your free chapters!
Topics: Search for meaning, Audiobook, Turning points
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May 23, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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If you’re a journal-keeper from way back, you’ll probably nod in sage agreement at the 7 Great Benefits of Journaling in this podcast. But if you’re thinking “Oh, journaling? Tried that! Never again!”—please, stick with me. This might help you rethink your approach. I’ve included 8 tips to get you started, and a sneak peak into what I write about in my own journals…
Topics: Journaling, Writers
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May 17, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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I saw an ad the other day. The headline read, 'Be born again.' It was for a plastic surgeon. It's not the first time advertisers have promised eternal life. Levi's jeans once did the same. And yet, science has proven what Jesus taught centuries ago: material things will never satisfy spiritual needs...
Topics: Materialism, Secular Spirituality, Consumerism
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May 11, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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When I was asked to speak on mental health for BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought segment, I consulted my brilliant Facebook community. They shared deeply and with insight on just how we can be more accepting of those who suffer this way. The starting point? See people as bigger than their illness.
Topics: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Identity, Friendship
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May 3, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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Miracles can be hard for the modern mind to accept. And I can be sceptical myself about 'miracle' stories. I've heard too many that proved to be bogus or didn't last. But Dr Sean George's story is remarkable. Medically documented and verified, it's one miracle I can believe. And it happened through the power of one simple, little, silent, heartfelt prayer...
Topics: Healing, Modern Day Miracle, Medical Mystery, Raise from the dead
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Apr 13, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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You know those happy coincidences or unexpected discoveries that take us by surprise? We call it serendipity. Not all serendipity is chance, accident or coincidence. A good deal of it is in fact divine. Like my miraculous little encounter as I stood, with aching legs and blistered feet, among the back pillars of Durham Cathedral.
Topics: Serendipity, Guidance, Spirituality
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Apr 4, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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Fans adore Joel Osteen’s positive-thinking sermons. Critics say he’s more self-help guru than gospel preacher. When I sat down with Joel at the 2009 Hillsong Conference, I met a meticulously styled man with a friendly smile and courteous spirit. I put the critics' concerns to him, got some answers, left thinking well of Joel, but also with a bunch more questions.
Topics: Joel Osteen, Megachurches, Theology
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Mar 24, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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Imagine walking into a cafe, ordering a flat white and a piece of cake, sitting down at a table while they're brought to you, and then, after enjoying your morning tea, you go to pay the bil... and discover there isn't one. The coffee and cake is free—a gift to you from the cafe owners. And it will be free again tomorrow, and the next day. Such a place exists, and it reminds me of the very Easter message itself...
Topics: Easter, Holy Week, Generosity, Gospel
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Mar 15, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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When BBC Radio 2 asked me to talk about guilty pleasures, it wasn't my obsession with 80s soul and funk music, or my tendency to eat Nutella from the jar, or the sneaky flavours I sometimes add to my coffee, that was my deepest concern. It was my habit of sitting in coffee shops for hours with journal and pen. Read on for an exploration of those things that weigh on our conscience... and the things that really shouldn't make us feel guilty at all. 
Topics: Guilty Pleasures, Morality, Guilt
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Mar 8, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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In a world where there is brokenness and decay at every turn, how can Christians be a voice of hope? How can we ensure our words, messages, conversations and art bring hope that is inspiring yet practical at the same time? At the 2015 Premier Digital Conference, I spoke on the topic of creating hope, by comparing the works of three different artists: one who focusses on overt sentimentality, one who specialises in despair, and a third who uses redemption to turn the ugly into the beautiful…
Topics: brokenness, decay, broken beauty, art, hope, redemption
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Mar 1, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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Although Merryn and I tried to start a family for 10 years, and sought God diligently the whole time, one of the most perplexing things about our journey was God’s silence. We heard him speak on other things during that time, but never on our pursuit of a family. It was hard. Biblical heroes experienced this struggle too. So if you’re facing the silence of God, you’re not alone. But just because God is staying silent, doesn’t mean he is absent. Here’s 3 helpful questions to ask...
Topics: Spirituality, Prayer, God, Christianity
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Feb 23, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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It's a leap year, and we've got a 'spare day' on the way—next Monday, February 29. But imagine I waved a magic wand and gave you an extra day, every week? How would you use it? Your answer will probably uncover what you most need or value. When the producers of BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought segment asked me that very question, I wasn't happy with my honest answer—but a better alternative soon revealed itself...
Topics: Time, Leap Year, February 29, Retreat, Work
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Feb 16, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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It's one thing to read the Bible with our eyes and our mind—and another thing to truly engage our heart. But if the Bible is one of God's main ways of communicating with us, it makes sense to learn to read it deeply. Here's some keys to reading God's word that I gleaned in an interview with Quaker theologian Richard Foster. He talks about the importance of reading with both the mind AND the heart...
Topics: Bible Reading, Meditation, Spiritual Formation, God's Word
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Feb 8, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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How can you stay strong when the storms of life hit? To find out, plug in your headphones, and start a 90-day AUDIO journey with me through Jesus' Sermon On the Mount.  After weeks of recording and editing, I'm excited to release the 'Resilient' audiobook —an unabridged recording of my devotional that will recalibrate your callings, relationships, spiritual practices, and life choices to help you build resilience.  Each episode is only 3-4 minutes long, making it perfect for daily listening...
Topics: Resilience, Podcast, Resilient Book, Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, Spiritual guidance
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Feb 3, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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In Scripture we find God speaking through peals of thunder, pillars of cloud, flaming bushes, even donkeys. He used prophets, angels, the beauty of creation, the coming of Jesus. God is surely a communicating God.  But in the 21st century, how might we expect him to speak to us personally about our everyday, modern, Western lives?   Here are seven ways… 
Topics: Gods Voice, Hearing From God, God Speaks, Guidance, Divine Guidance
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Jan 26, 2016 Sheridan Voysey
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Each of us has some important decisions to make over the course of our lives. Should we marry? If so, who? Should we take that new job? Move cities? Which career path should we choose? If we believe there is a God who is interested in our lives and wants to guide these decisions, we have more questions to ask: How does God speak? What ways does he use? And how can we be sure it’s really his voice we’re hearing?
Topics: Hearing God's Voice, Prayer, Spirituality
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Dec 11, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Frank Sinatra will forever be remembered for the song My Way, even though he hated it. The same thing happens to celebrities and politicians all the time as one song, controversy or policy failure becomes lodged in public memory. But there is more to them than that. And there is more to you than others see. In fact, there's more to you than you can imagine.
Topics: Celebrity, Fame, Identity
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Dec 8, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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It's easy to feel insignificant in a world that values power and popularity. It's easy to feel weak in a world with so much violence. In this keynote talk I share the stories of a KKK leader, a black preacher, a seventh-century farmhand, and one of my own humiliating moments (ouch!) to suggest that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is the ultimate guide to resilient living. When he's in the picture the insignificant become blessed, the small become great, hate becomes love, and weakness becomes...
Topics: Resilience, Jesus, Christianity, Sermon on the Mount
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Dec 3, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Cynical, nihilist, commitment-phobic, dispassionate. Perhaps no age-group in history has had more negative labels attached to it than Generation X: that often ignored 'middle child' generation between the Baby Boomers and Millennials. As a Gen-Xer myself, I want to shout "We're better than you think!" But as I share in this BBC Radio 2  Pause for Thought  segment, while many Gen-X stereotypes are exaggerated, one in particular is true. Thankfully, however, there's a remedy for...
Topics: Generation X, Culture
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According to research, most French Islamists come from non-religious families. They are former secularists who are drawn into jihadist religion searching for meaning and purpose for their lives and a grand cause to live for. This is a desire every human being has - a desire secular society fails to fulfill - which leaves jihadists and others free to fill the void. But there's an even more radical way to meet this longing.
Topics: Islam, Islamism, Terrorism, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Meaning, Purpose
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Nov 18, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Friday's horrific attacks in Paris, claimed by ISIS, have left us shocked, saddened, grieving for the 150 families who've lost loved ones, the hundreds more with loved ones injured, and scrambling for solutions to jihadist terrorism. I believe Jesus has something powerful to say to the problem, but his words need to be carefully understood before being applied.
Topics: Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, Terrorism, Turn the Other Cheek, Nonviolence
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Nov 10, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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I've never had much of a taste for beer. I know some see beer as such a societal menace, it's not worth talking about too. But keep this in mind: the first breweries were started by Christians to provide a healthy alternative to either drinking dirty water or getting drunk on gin, and the very existence of beer speaks of the generosity and creativity of God. I explored this in a BBC Radio 2 segment recently. Take a listen.
Topics: Beer, God, Harvest, Harvest Festival
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Nov 2, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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When people ask me what personal discoveries I made reading the Sermon on the Mount every day for a month (then two months, then three), I mention the fact this famous speech is ultimately about resilience, that praying the Lord's Prayer can be a powerful daily exercise, and that I was surprised how practical his teaching on relationships is. Jesus exposes the four main forces that destroy relationship and gives practical direction on how to overcome each one. Here's an overview.
Topics: Relationships, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Resilience
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Oct 27, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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When you're an author doing media for your  latest book  (got  the freebies  yet?), it's always an honour to have a journalist or broadcaster take time to craft questions that reach beyond the press release. That's what Amy Boucher-Pye did for me recently in preparation for a magazine feature. 'What spiritual practices do you hold dear?' she asked. 'How do you let go of a broken dream?' 'How do you personally hear God speak?' I  love  these kinds of questions. Then Amy asked...
Topics: Meaning, Life Story, Storytelling
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Oct 20, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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A couple of years ago I started an experiment. I decided to read Jesus’ famous speech, the Sermon on the Mount, every day for a month. The experiment stretched to two months, then three, as the Sermon took hold of me. I made six discoveries which are outlined in my new book Resilient, out today!
Topics: Resilient, Resilience, Books
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Oct 13, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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It is prayed each Sunday in churches. Some of us grew up reciting it daily in school. It can suffer from both neglect and mindless repetition because of its familiarity. But when prayed slowly and with intent, it is possibly the most powerful prayer one can pray, touching every area of our lives. In this post and podcast I explore the Lord's Prayer and share an exercise to help you get the most out of it.
Topics: Prayer, Lord's Prayer, Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, Resilient Book, Resilience
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Oct 6, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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No one wants to live in poverty, but our increasing affluence has led to other problems. We can want too much, be pulled in too many directions as a result, and lack clarity of mind and purpose. In this post and podcast we'll look at Jesus's remedy to materialism, explore 10 ways to simplify our lives, and hear from collaborative consumption expert Rachel Botsman on how to buy less and share more.
Topics: Simplicity, Simplify, Materialism, Consumerism, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Resilient, Resilience
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Sep 28, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Autumn is a time of beauty, of harvesting and of shedding the old. I think it has something powerful to tell us about our careers and callings too: autumn isn't just a time of productivity, but of completion and transition. It asks us to consider if our work is done and it’s time to move to something new. 
Topics: Autumn, Seasons, Seasons of Life, Career, Calling
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Sep 22, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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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, a story to be shared, leading to a tribe to be served.
Topics: Resilience, Christianity, Faith, Pain, Suffering, Strength, Healing
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Aug 31, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Researchers into resilience are agreed: there are mental, emotional, social, and spiritual factors that help build inner strength in us. In my forthcoming book 'Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life' I share how I discovered these factors in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. In this accompanying ebook, I invite you to explore five practices implicit in Jesus’ teaching. Get your copy now. It's FREE.
Topics: Resilience, Resilient, Christianity, Sermon on the Mount, God, Jesus, FREE
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Aug 24, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Richard Foster is one of the most significant spiritual writers of our day. The author of bestselling books like 'Celebration of Discipline' and 'Life with God', his life is dedicated to helping us live deeply in a superficial world. In this rich and personal interview you'll hear Richard share his formative experiences, his spiritual highs and lows, and give some wonderful insights on living a ‘with-God’ life that results in joy.
Topics: Spirituality, Christianity, Bible, Scripture, Richard Foster, Personal Growth, Spiritual Formation,...
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Aug 14, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Here's your chance to get my new book Resilient for FREE, months before its public release
Topic: Resilience
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Aug 11, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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I’m excited! Very excited in fact. Today dear friends I announce to you my next book project called 'Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life'. It’s all about developing inner strength to weather life’s storms and flourish. The book releases worldwide on Wednesday October 21. There’ll be a short film series too, plus some free goodies for you. And it all came about from an experiment…
Topics: Resilience, Books
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Jul 27, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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God always seems to turn up in unexpected places. Here are five contemporary stories to show you what I mean.
Topics: God, Jesus Christ, Miracles
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Jul 21, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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By taking the risky step of sharing your pain with others, surprising community can result. But there's a time to share your suffering with others, and there's a time not to. Here's how to work out the difference.
Topics: Community, Christianity, Healing, Pain, Suffering, Counselling
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Jul 14, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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When you gather the courage to share your pain with others, the result can be unexpected community
Topics: Pain, Suffering, Hope, God, Christianity, Tribes
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Jun 4, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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If you had a time machine, where would you go? Would you travel to the future or the past? What would you want to see or do, and why? That was the topic BBC Radio 2 producers gave me to talk about recently. And it brought to my mind a surreal experience I had last year: seeing myself as a 17 year old again.
Topics: Time Travel, Teenage Advice, Wisdom
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Apr 22, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Imagine dropping grades in exams because your pen ran out of ink and you couldn’t ask for a replacement. Imagine hiding from friends you saw in the street because you were too afraid to say hello. That was author Beth Moran's life. In this interview you'll hear how she can now sit on a conference stage with me and speak. Inspirational.
Topics: Selective Mutism, Mutism, Writing, Christianity
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Mar 23, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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What makes you happy? According to my Facebook friends, things like the smell of baked bread, seeing adversity overcome, viewing the world through a child's eyes and sinking into soft pillows at the end the day take them to a happy place. Here's my list. I have a hunch these everyday joys point to something greater still.
Topics: Happiness, Joy
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Mar 17, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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As Saint Hilda helps a farmhand named Caedmon test his unexpected calling, we can learn how to discover our own God-given dreams and gifts
Topics: Gifts, Talents, Calling, Purpose, St Hilda, Caedmon
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Feb 26, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Where is 'home' for you—that place where you feel you most belong? Is it the house where you grew up? Is it your current home? Is it just being with your loved ones, wherever you are? As you'll read and hear, when the topic of 'home' was given to me by Radio 2 producers, it caused a bit of soul searching. The first thing I thought of was an eerie experience I had in my hometown, Brisbane.
Topics: Home, Belonging, Acceptance, BBC Radio, Pause for Thought
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Jan 14, 2015 Sheridan Voysey
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Welcome to 2015! If I was to choose a phrase I'd describe 2013 as a year of planting seeds of opportunity and 2014 as the year those seeds flowered. In this post and podcast I want to gather some of those flowers together (including freebies you may have missed) and give you a heads-up on what you can expect on the blog and podcast in 2015.
Topics: 2015, New Year, Goals
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Dec 16, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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Dreams. We all have them. As a teenager they keep us awake with excitement. As a 20-something they start shaping our decisions. By our 40s we may have seen them spring to life, or perhaps watched some die. The dreams of two families died in Sydney this week. Thankfully, God can recycle such tragedies into unexpected things.
Topics: Dream, Dreams, Broken Dreams, Hope, Students, Career
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Dec 8, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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The period leading up to Christmas is traditionally called Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation as we 'wait' for the Messiah's birth and prepare for his promised return one day. A recent experience helped me see that Advent also reflects the whole of our lives.
Topics: Advent, Christmas, Preparation
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Dec 1, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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We all know the 10 Commandments. Well, this week the producers of BBC Radio 2's  Pause for Thought  segment asked contributors like me to come up with an 11th Commandment. 'You're not supposed to add to these things, you know,' I said, before coming up with this idea. But not before discovering an endearing fact about early morning presenter Vanessa Feltz! 
Topics: Ten Commandments, 10 Commandments, Law, Gospel, Heart
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Dec 1, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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With Clare Balding to talk about the theme of hope. Sunday November 30, 2014
Topic: Hope
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Sep 29, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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Here was my task on BBC Radio 2 this morning: to speak as a Christian about a Jewish festival to a secular audience. No pressure! As Jews around the world observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this weekend, I tried to suggest that this Jewish holiday can remind us all, religious or not, about being reconciled with God and neighbour.  Here's the audio and transcript.
Topics: Atonement, BBC Radio, Yom Kippur, God, Christianity, Secular
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Sep 23, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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In this podcast you'll hear a 2006 conversation with  speaker, sociologist, Baptist minister and prolific author Tony Campolo  about his life, work, shaping influences, and how we can focus our lives to leave a profound impact on many.
Topics: Calling, Tony Campolo, Vocation, Mission Statement, Christianity
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Sep 12, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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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 than just our relationships with others.
Topics: Love, Marriage, Love Languages, Gary Chapman
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Sep 3, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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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 up close. 
Topics: Love, Dedication, Eros, Agape
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Aug 6, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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We know Hollywood as a place of glitz and glamour. But that's not how it started. When Harvey and Daeida Wilcox bought 160 acres of Californian valley in 1885 their vision was to create nothing less than a Christian utopia. Here's what happened next. 
Topics: Hollywood, Christianity, Utopia
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Jul 31, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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What do you think of when you hear the word ‘celibacy’? Do you think of monks, nuns, robes and rosary beads? Do you consider it the forced lifestyle of the 'dateless', or a relic of yesteryear morality? According to Wheaton College professor Christine Colon,  all  of our understandings of celibacy need a makeover: Celibacy isn't just about sex.  And singleness isn't a life stage to be endured until the real thing (marriage) happens.
Topics: Celibacy, Singleness, Sex, Sexuality, Christianity
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Jul 31, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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Sometimes an apology is not enough. That’s the difficult lesson I learnt from my friend Mike some years ago. When I was asked to discuss the topic of ‘Making Amends’ on BBC Radio 2′s  Pause for Thought  segment on 31st July 2014, I shared his story with presenter Vanessa Feltz.
Topics: Apology, Making Amends, Make Amends, Forgiveness, Confession
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Jul 22, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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So, you have a book burning within you. You want to write your memoir or autobiography. How do you mine your life for its gold and write something people will actually find valuable? In this post and podcast I'll share a little formula I've come up with to help you find and write your own authentic story.
Topics: Writing, Memoir, Autobiography, How to Write
Sermons & Religious Lectures
Jun 6, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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I've interviewed best-selling author-poet-humourist Adrian Plass a number of times. Now he's gotten his revenge! While co-leading a writers retreat recently, Adrian asked me a few questions about life, faith, writing and nerves while sharing his own special brand of humour. The result was a lot of fun.
Topics: Adrian Plass, Writing, Writers, Christianity, Faith, Sheridan Voysey, Scargill House, Humor, Humour
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May 19, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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Bob Marley was buried with a guitar, a Bible, and a bud of marijuana in his coffin. He was a Rastafarian most of his life before converting to Christianity just before his death. His life and beliefs were complex. But he inspired his audience with the biblical story of heaven.
Topics: Bob Marley, Spirituality, Justice, Bible, Heaven
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May 6, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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If you’re involved in art or writing, if you plant gardens or plan towns, if you like to cook, sew, play sport or do business you are involved in culture-making. In this interview with Andy Crouch you'll learn how to recover your creative calling as someone who shapes the world for good.
Topics: Culture, Calling, Vocation, Christianity, Art, Work, Justice
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Apr 29, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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A Jesus with straight teeth and blue eyes who cuddles his lambs while blowing kisses to sinners isn't much use to the world. Here's why
Topics: Jesus, Kitsch, Culture, Pain, Suffering, Christianity
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Apr 22, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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Throwing thousands of dollars away on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange. Calling Mother Teresa of Calcutta and asking for an internship. Planting community gardens in abandoned blocks. It's all in a day's work for 'ordinary radical' Shane Claiborne.
Topics: Shane Claiborne, Christianity, Mother Teresa, Justice, Progressive Christianity
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Apr 21, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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Each week 16 million people listen to BBC Radio 2. Now, not all of them were listening when I joined early morning host Alex Lester on Easter Monday to present the long-running Pause for Thought segment, but a few were! I was asked to talk about courage. Here's what I came up with.
Topics: Courage, Easter, BBC, Radio 2, Fear, Worry
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Apr 1, 2014 Sheridan Voysey
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It's time to talk about regret. Or more specifically, the fear of future regret. If you decide it's time to let your unfulfilled dream go, will you one day regret it? Read this touching letter from Renee. What advice would you give her? 
Topics: Regret, Disapointment, Grief, Adoption, Infertility, Dreams, Broken Dreams, IVF, Fertility