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Podcast #057: Patrick Sookhdeo and understanding Islam

On this podcast we continue our conversation with Patrick Sookhdeo and his journey with Christ in a hostile British environment in the 1960s and 1970s. Patrick  is currently Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity as well as the International Director of Barnabas Fund. The latter is an interdenominational Christian charity that supports Christians who face discrimination because of their faith. It was established in 1993 and channels aid through national Christians to more than 60 countries around the world. He campaigns for the abolition of
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Podcast #056: Patrick Sookhdeo – An immigrant story

The 1960s in Britain are popularly associated with black and white television, The Beatles, a sexual revolution and England winning the football World Cup in 1966. But what was it like for those who came as outsiders to England at that time? One such person who came in 1959 at the age of 12 with his family was Patrick Soohdeo. Patrick  is Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity as well as the International Director of Barnabas Fund. The latter is an interdenominational Christian charity that
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Podcast #055: How to talk about dying well

Now that sounds like a difficult subject! We all shy away from talking about it and yet what could actually be more important? On this podcast we return to our conversation with the author John Wyatt and explore the subject of what it means to die well. Do join us in this 35 minute conversation when we explore: How to prepare the space to talk The importance of asking open-ended questions such as ‘What is your understanding of what is going on medically?’… ‘What are you afraid of?’…..’What are your
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Podcast #054: Broken But Blessed

We live in a world that celebrates success, achievement and strength. Crowds flock to watch or hear about the fastest, strongest, most beautiful and accomplished men and women of the world. However, there is another deeper and more lasting perspective.   I was recently at a conference for Christian doctors and had the unexpected privilege of meeting Rebekah Domer. She is the author of the book,  “Broken but Blessed: Journeying from Pain to Peace with Unlikely Guides.” Rebekah is a hospice chaplain who currently works at St. Michael’s Hospice in
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Podcast #053: What is your life purpose?

That is certainly a deep question to ask! Most people spend more time planning a two week holiday than the purpose of their one precious life.  In our third and final conversation with Kary Oberbrunner we explore this rich and fascinating subject from his book ‘The Deeper Path’. For a 2 minute preview see the video below: On the podcast we unpack the following inspiring quote: “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play; his labour and his leisure; his mind and
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Podcast #052 What Is Your Secret Name?

That may well seem a strange question to ask. It comes from my conversation with Kary Oberbrunner (who I introduced in Podcast #051). Kary has released the second edition of his book, “Your Secret Name: An Uncommon Quest To Stop Pretending, Shed The Labels and Discover Your True Identity.” You can get a flavour of our conversation from the 2 minute video conversation with Kary below (apologies for the lighting changes towards the end and yes I do need to tidy up my office!): On the podcast we learn about
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Podcast #051: Living Life To The Full With Kary Oberbrunner

What does it take to live a full life? Rather than think about that in an abstract or theoretical sense, on today’s podcast I interview someone who I am proud to say has become a mentor and good friend, Kary Oberbrunner. The 2 minute video below will give you a flavour of our podcast conversation:  Kary lives in Columbus, Ohio, is married to Kelly and together they have three children. He is an author of ten books, a coach and public speaker. He helps individuals and organisations clarify who
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Podcast #050: More about the strange adventure we must all take

As we continue our conversation with John Wyatt on his book ‘Dying Well’ on this podcast we look at the specific temptations and fears that can come to occupy our minds at the end of life. In podcast #049 we looked at the positive opportunities and expectation that dying well can bring. On this podcast discussion with John we unpack the following challenges at the end of life: Doubt and questioning the presence of God. How the antidote to doubt is honesty which can lead to a deeper more honest
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Podcast #049: The strange adventure we must all take

Its not the subject of polite conversation and yet it is relevant to us all. What does it mean to not only live life well, but also to die and end this life well? On this podcast we welcome back John Wyatt. John is Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge University. He is married to Celia and and they have three grown-up sons. John has written extensively on the subject of medical ethics and his latest book is
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Podcast #048: Finding meaning and direction

The pace and rate of technological change over the last few decades has been extraordinary. We have the potential to be  and do things faster, better and more efficiently in ways previous generations could never have dreamed possible. But there is also a sense that there has to be something more than just what we see around us. One writer, Tom Wright puts it in terms of four areas of concern in our culture. In these areas just being or doing faster, better or more efficiently is inadequate: – the
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Podcast #047: Healthy relationships

As we continue in our conversation with the author Andy Parnham we come to the subject of healthy relationships. How do they work and how do we restore them when they go wrong? We know from our own experience that relationships are important, but the research of the psychiatrist Robert Waldinger goes as far as to say it is the number one strongest predictor of good health. Do come and join Andy Parnham and I as we look at: The following 5 principles for healthy relationships: 1. Prioritising people over things
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Podcast #046: The problem of longing and wanting more

Longing. Its something we all experience at one time or another, but find so hard to explain or define. On this podcast Andy Parnham and I discuss this “reaching out towards or yearning for something that you can’t describe but which draws you very powerfully with a mixture of joy and sadness.” The writer C. S. Lewis put it even more potently when he called this longing  ‘joy’ and described it as ‘an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction…… anyone who has experienced it will
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Podcast #045 Do you want to be happy?

That seems an almost ridiculous question. Of course you want to be happy! Our world is obsessed with wanting to be happy. But what do we actually mean by happiness? Especially in our complex, challenging and chaotic world where we have so many things that promise happiness, but often fail to deliver what they promise. Do join Andrew Parnham and I as we continue to unpack this important subject from his book, “Lasting Happiness: In Search of Deeper Meaning and Fulfilment.” Together we explore: Health and wellbeing as a means
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Podcast #044 Lasting Happiness

Happiness! Who doesn’t want it? A recent google search on ‘how to be happy’ turned up 626 million results. Compare that to typing in ‘Donald Trump’ and you get 237 million items or ‘Brexit news’ where there is just 90 million! We all want to be happy. But what do we mean by happiness? I can be happy eating an ice cream and I can be happy meeting a long lost friend. But those two experiences are clearly very different. How can I find a happiness that leads to deeper
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Podcast #043: What makes a good doctor or nurse?

If your mother, father, brother or sister was rushed into hospital what kind of doctor or nurse would you want them to see? The answer to that question has been a passion 0f Dr John Geater for many years. So much so in fact that it led him to, with others, set up the organisation PRIME – Partnerships in International Medical Education. In 2006 John received an MBE for his contribution. Do join John and I as we discuss: How the foundation of his relationship with God, his wife Jane
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