A Christian Perspective on the World Today

Episode 127 - Who's the true Messiah?

The major world religions seem so different from one another, but it turns out that each of them is awaiting the return of a Chosen One who will mark the end of the world's history as we know it. Are they all talking about the same prophetic figure, or not? Image credit: Phovius_Unsplash

Episode 126 - Racing on Empty

If you feel trapped in a cycle of achievement, hurry and meaninglessness, you'll be able to relate to Iona Rossely's story. Even a speed-skiing accident at 160kph was only a part of what it took to get her to slow down and begin to look for what she really wanted. Image: Supplied

Episode 125 - Is 2020 a crisis point?

“Round and round we go.” It can feel like that sometimes, not only in the context of history but also in our personal lives. How many times can the same mistakes be repeated? Is there an end point? Dr Brad Kemp says there is. And it’s not too far away. Image: Unsplash_Griffin Wooldridge

Episode 124 - Lessons from a firstborn baby

Motherhood is about teaching your baby—how to eat, walk and eventually talk. But what can a baby teach you back?

Episode 123 - Ashley's Nothing New 2020 Challenge

Ashley Stanton decided 2020 would be a year without purchasing brand new fashion apparel. 9 months in, she tells of the the surprising results.

Episode 122 - I don't want Covid to end

Once social isolation came into full force, we found ourselves taking long walks in the late afternoon. I said to her, “I don’t want Covid to end because I don’t want to go back to answering telemarketers.” She replied, “I don’t want Covid to end because I don’t want to go back to getting three kids to three different schools every morning.” And so the conversation went, back and forth, as we watched our kids pedal bikes that had been boring to them only a week before. Image: Jessica Rockowitz_Unsplash

Episode 121 - Origin stories matter

"Where do I come from?" It's a question that goes beyond awkward biology lessons with your children. What you believe about your origins has implications for your identity, purpose and hope for the future. Image: Jose Aljovin_Unsplash

Episode 120 - Prepare to launch

Previous generations had their life course mapped out for them: if you were a woman it was marriage and motherhood; if you were a man it was taking on your father's trade or profession. But today, we find ourselves paralysed by the avalanche of options presented to us, along with messages to "follow your heart", "find your calling" and "fulfil your potential". What's the best way forward? Image credit: Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash

Episode 119 - Finding my hero

Hollywood's penchant for female superheroes reflects a cultural moment where the "strong, independent woman" has almost become cliche. Who do you look to for inspiration? And would it surprise you to find influential and heroic women in the Bible?

Episode 118 - 7 Deadly Viruses

Think back over the pandemics humanity has faced during the past century. There's a pattern in the causation. So if pandemics are essentially predictable and avoidable, what do we need to do in order to avoid a next time? Photo: Unsplash_Todd Cravens

Episode 117 - Vaping: the healthy alternative?

So you're trying to give up smoking and you've noticed the steady growth in popularity of vaping in recent years. Should you make the switch? Probably not, says Maurice Swanson of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health. Photo: Unsplash_Don Delfin Almonte

Episode 116 - Vegan bodybuilder

After winning a number of bodybuilding competitions in various countries, at age 52, New Zealand man Dusan Dudas was faced by a health crisis and decided to go vegan. So was that the end of his protein-fuelled bodybuilding career? Far from it. Image: Mark Smith_Unsplash