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August 8, 2022
Questioning Christianity

Do you, or people you know, have questions about Christianity? Do you find it hard to ask questions? You are not alone. This seven part podcast series is designed to help. The episodes discuss" Faith and Proof", "Meaning", "Satisfaction", "Identity", "Morality", "Justice" and "Hopefulness". "Questioning Christianity with Tim Keller — for people who are interested […]

August 4, 2022
Pandemic Fatigue

In this lively 30 minute podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity, the presenters discuss with psychologist Dr Valerie Ling ways in which we can look after ourselves and others, when feeling jaded and low in spirit. "Feeling a bit blah mid-way through 2022… still?  In 2021, organisational psychologist Adam Grant named that pandemic feeling. […]

August 1, 2022
Prayers for Workers: When You’re Feeling Burned Out

We have probably all experienced burnout or know of others who have struggled with such feelings, particularly in the last couple of years and the COVID pandemic. Mark Roberts looks to Psalm 18 to help form prayers for ourselves and others in this situation. "We all face times in our lives, including our work lives, […]

July 26, 2022
When did not coping become the new normal?

Life can be very topsy-turvy, if not completely overwhelming at times. Yet, despite feeling off balance, as Natasha Moore finds, there can be useful experiences to evaluate, such as recognising that we are all fragile and dependant on others. She shares her perspective here. "Do most of us, post-lockdown, mid-2022, feel a bit like a […]

July 25, 2022
Leading Better with Bigger Questions

As a researcher, Meryl Herr is used to asking questions. However in her everyday conversations, questions do not always flow so easily. In this article she suggests how we might initiate really useful life questions with others. "I wonder if we’re all cheating each other by not asking big-enough questions—or at least the questions that […]

July 25, 2022
Caring for the Sorrowful

Glenn Hohnberg looks to the Book of Proverbs to help us navigate the path of grief with those who are experiencing loss. "'Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad.' (Proverbs 12:25) Those going through grief and loss—for whatever reason—feel anxious. The world feels less stable, less safe. Anxiety […]

July 25, 2022
The census shows Australians are becoming less religious but why have we chosen to live without God?

The ABC's international affairs analyst, Stan Grant, reflects on the declining numbers of those identifying as Christian in Australia. "While historically the West was founded on Christianity, the modern West was shaped by the break with God. People were sovereign. Liberalism prized the individual above all." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-03/census-religion-christianity-no-religion-god/101201640 Image: rsz_1pexels-rodnae-productions-8675096.jpg

July 13, 2022
So connected, yet why so lonely?

This short video notes how despite today's technology permits greater interaction between people, studies reveal that the numbers of us experiencing anxiety and isolation are rising. A call to look at the Christian message of relationship, as God the Creator intends, reveals how a sense of identity and human flourishing can be restored. https://www.thinkingfaith.asia/big-questions/loneliness-and-anxiety Image: […]

July 13, 2022
How to read a Christian book

In our journey as Christians, it can be helpful to read and consider resources offered in Christian literature. This can seem daunting, and some of us may not be sure where to start, or how to do this in a reflective fashion to assist our spiritual growth. In this article, Jean Williams provides 11 helpful […]

July 6, 2022
7 Tips for Becoming a Better Encourager

We all know how it feels to be discouraged, and yet we often feel ill-equipped to support others through such experiences. Lindsey Carlson reminds us that the letters of St Paul, the Apostle, can guide us in such ministry. "Discouragement is a key strategy utilized by the enemy to distract, dishearten, and defeat followers of […]

July 4, 2022
The Day of Small Things

How do we manage the emotional impact of tragic news reports from around the world? How can we help or make a difference? Meredith Van Der Klip offers some useful practical advice to help navigate troubled times. "God says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise the day of small things.” In the face of large-scale tragedy, […]

July 4, 2022
Women Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Time

In the last sixty years or so, the lives of women have embraced many changes. They have gained freedom to make decisions about relationships, family, careers. Considering possibilities and making choices can be overwhelming, particularly if considered in the frame of a current worldview. Kara Martin reminds us that God values all spheres of work, […]

June 21, 2022
Carrying On: Examples from the Work of Meg Jay

In this final article of her series looking at how those in their twenties view their lives, Jacqueline Isaacs cites the work of clinical psychologist Meg Jay. Jay sees many clients who wonder what they have to show for their twenties. However good support and an understanding of the shift of pace in life at […]

June 20, 2022
The Slow Down: The Second Stage of a Quarter-Life Crisis

Jacqueline Isaacs continues her series for those in their twenties, who may be experiencing burnout and wondering what happens next. "The idea of climbing a staircase is tiring. We can all relate to how exhausted you feel after climbing a flight of stairs and realizing there is another, and then another. What triggers the quarter-life […]

June 20, 2022
When You Don't Even Realize How Discouraged You Are

Written for Christians, this article assists in recognising ways in which discouragement may present in the everyday, not only in failed outcomes, but also in our behaviour. Helpfully, we are reminded where strength and encouragement are to be found. "The truth is, most of us don’t like the look of discouragement. It feels embarrassing. Why? […]

June 17, 2022
The First Stage of a Quarter-life Crisis

Part of a series of articles for those predominantly in their twenties, this piece describes an aspiring lawyer's experience of burnout. "...I had no idea how to slow down. Busyness functions like an addiction. When you stop, you have to face your thoughts, which terrifies most of us. So to cope you have to keep […]

May 16, 2022
Should I Take a New Job If It Requires Moving?

Charlie Self offers prayerful ways in which the Holy Spirit can help Christians discern where God is leading them. "I may have an opportunity to take a new job and a significant promotion. But it would mean that we (wife, 4 year old, 2 year old, and me) would have to move about 1,000 miles […]

May 4, 2022
A Holistic Understanding of Creative Goodness in the Workplace

This is a podcast discussion excerpt between Missy Wallace and Brandon J. O'Brien from Redeemer City to City. Christians are encouraged to consider what is meant by the public sphere, and how churches might equip their members to demonstrate Christ in many different realms of work and influence. "The Global Faith & Work Initiative is […]

April 22, 2022
Happiness is becoming more unaffordable, researchers say. But there are still some things money can't buy

How do you score on happiness and satisfaction charts? Melbourne Institute's long-running Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey collects data on relationships, work, income, health and education. With results that show declining happiness among Australians, this article notes factors that can contribute to our sense of well-being. "Lisa Williams, a social psychologist […]

March 22, 2022
A Holistic Understanding of Creative Goodness in the Workplace

In this podcast excerpt the contributors discuss an understanding of the term "the public sphere" and consider how missional Christian living can be reflected in that space. ".....everything for leaders needs to be carried out through the lens that people care deeply about their work. So if you're a pastor, if you're a church, if […]