Back in 1990, I had the privilege of leading worship on the first international Integrity Music album, All Nations Worship. It was recorded at Waverley Christian Fellowship (now CityLife Church) and produced by Tom Brooks. Many songs by Australian composers were included and the singers and choir were from a variety of churches around Melbourne. … Continue reading ‘All Nations Worship’ Revisited
Answers. We all love them. A test completed. A problem fixed. A riddle solved. A decision made. Confusion clarified. Resolution. The end. What about questions? Here are some good questions to ask yourself from time to time. Who am I? What do I value? Why am I here? What gives life meaning ... for me? … Continue reading Today’s Questions
I would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year. I have really appreciated your interest and support throughout 2022. It has been a good year with much to be thankful for but another crazy one in many ways - with continued uncertainty around the … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
In the final episode of this series, Nicole Conner shares some suggestions for applying the principles of narrative therapy to your own life, including discerning your dominant story. https://youtu.be/fZGwS-MJ3Zg For more information or to get in touch with Nicole, visit www.definingstories.com.au.
In this episode, Nicole Conner shares an example of the usefulness of narrative therapy in responding to the presence of anxiety in a person’s life. https://youtu.be/8H4l28JVSsU Visit www.definingstories.com.au for more information.
In this next conversation with Nicole Conner, we talk about the power of externalization. In all of our lives, we are not the problem; the problem is the problem. Externalizing prevents us from forming our identity around a problem story and enables us to deal with it more objectively. The 'table of life' is a … Continue reading The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Externalization and The Table of Life
In this conversation with Nicole Conner, we discuss various problem stories and what we can do about them. https://youtu.be/gSQuDtNb6AU
In this second conversation with Nicole Conner, we discuss the power of stories in our lives, where they come from, and how they influence us. In addition, we consider the idea of questioning our stories and potentially changing these powerful narratives that we live by. https://youtu.be/-dI4_xIw0ks
Today I begin a series of conversations with my wife, Nicole Conner, on the topic of 'The Stories We Tell Ourselves'. Nicole has a Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work from Melbourne University and she has her own narrative therapy practice called Defining Stories. Over the last few years, Nicole has been able to … Continue reading The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Narrative Therapy
The statistics are in from the 2021 census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS: source]. Only 43.9% of Australians now identify with its most common religion - Christianity. This is down from 50% in 2016, 60% percent in 2011, and 71% not long before that. That's what I would call a 'free fall' - … Continue reading What is Happening to Christianity?
I hope you enjoyed our 16-part series of Soul Food with Mark Conner on the important topic of relational intelligence. Life is all about relationships. As we enhance our sense of connection with the people in our life, everybody wins. The topics covered in this Relational Intelligence series were: Listening. Emotional Intelligence. Empathy. Authenticity. Love … Continue reading Relational Intelligence
One of the characteristics of wise people is that they are open to feedback. Feedback from other people can give us needed insight not only into our own lives but into any issue or challenge we may be considering. If you reject feedback, you will hinder your own personal growth. All of us have things … Continue reading Soul Food Episode 46 – Feedback
One of the keys to good relationships is learning to be ‘lovingly assertive’. Yes, it really is possible to be both ‘loving’ and ‘assertive’. Some people tend to be ‘under-assertive’. They can’t set boundaries or limits. They can never say “no” ... or at least not without feeling guilty. They are easily manipulated by stronger … Continue reading Soul Food Episode 45 – Assertiveness
Have you noticed that humans have an inbuilt longing for connection with other people? Of course, good relationships and friendships don’t just ‘happen’. They have to be cultivated and nurtured intentionally. Each of us has various circles or levels of friendship. • Acquaintances – these are the dozens and maybe even 100s of people you know but … Continue reading Soul Food Episode 44 – Friendship
Have you ever had a conflict? Maybe a better question would be, “When was your last conflict?” As we do life with other people it is inevitable that conflicts and disagreements will occur. How successfully we resolve those conflicts will have a big impact on our lives. In most conflicts, there are wrongs on both sides. The … Continue reading Soul Food Episode 43 – Apology