Rank #1: Peter Cousens
On this episode of ‘The Inspiration Project’, Brendan Corr talks to actor, director and musician Peter Cousens about serving others through performing arts, and how losing everything financially led Peter to a deepened faith.
Peter Cousens Episode Summary
- Peter discovering his "happy place" at 16 years of age.
- Musical theatre was part of Peter's family heritage.
- Music gives Peter a heightened sense of the universe.
- How you can serve others through the performing arts.
- How losing everything financially led Peter to a deepened faith.
- A moving story of Peter praying in the middle of the night.
- How theatre can change peoples' lives.
Dec 02 2020
Rank #2: Elissa Deenick
On this episode of ‘The Inspiration Project’, Brendan Corr talks to Associate Professor Elissa Deenick who works at the Garvan Institute where she is the head of Immunity and Inflammation. Dr Deenick talks about going to a Christian School, where her interest in science originated and following Jesus.
- How an interest in the human body led to immunology.
- How studying science at a Christian school led to her becoming a scientist.
- Science explores the natural world; God created the natural world.
- How Christianity makes more sense of the world than other religions.
- What was it like as a young Christian studying science at a secular university?
- Pursuing the truth no matter the cost.
- What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
- Where true peace is found in an uncertain world.
- How Christians should view vaccines
Oct 14 2020
Rank #3: Kate Bracks
On this episode of ‘The Inspiration Project’, Brendan Corr talks to Kate Bracks the winner of the 3rd season of MasterChef Australia. Kate shares why she decided to go on MasterChef and how God played an important role in her winning the show.
Kate Bracks Episode Summary
- What was Kate doing before her MasterChef experience?
- Why food is so important to Kate
- The process leading up to being a contestant on MasterChef
- How God has been part of Kate’s life even while on MasterChef
- What is Kate’s purpose in life?
- What it was like being a Christian in that heady world of reality TV
- Kate not calling The Dalai Lama “His Holiness”
- Life after MasterChef
Oct 13 2020
Rank #4: Ken Ham
On this episode of ‘The Inspiration Project’, Brendan Corr talks to Ken Ham about debating Bill Nye, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum and how Ken handles personal attacks from those who don’t understand what he believes.
Ken Ham Episode Summary
- What was it like for Ken to grow up in an Australian Christian Family?
- What influenced Ken to become a teacher?
- “It's only what's done for Jesus that lasts”
- Why Ken still teaches at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum
- What does Ken see as the possible contention between faith and fact and the need to prove the things of God?
- How Ken handles personal attacks for what he believes
- What is the complimentary side of knowing the Word and having a personal relationship with God?
Oct 13 2020
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Rank #5: Claire Madden
On this episode of ‘The Inspiration Project’, Brendan Corr talks to Claire Madden about what led Claire into the field of Social Research particularly focusing on Gen Z’s, how faith plays a role in her life as a social researcher and is there still a generational gap in our society today.
Claire Madden: Episode Summary
- What is Claire’s particular focus area?
- How do social demographers come up with fantastically obscure labels?
- What were the characteristics of Gen Zs that captured Claire’s interest?
- Is there still a generational gap in our society today?
- Do younger generations have less place for God in their shared lives?
- Are there Gen Zs and Millennials in church?
- Who is setting today's cultural narrative?
Oct 11 2020
Rank #6: John Ford
On this episode of ‘The Inspiration Project’, Brendan Corr talks to John Ford about what failure has taught John about life and faith and about working with some of the leading global companies.
Sep 10 2020
Rank #7: Mark McCrindle
On this episode of ‘The Inspiration Project’, Brendan Corr talks to Mark McCrindle about what led him to work in the field of social research and how generations respond differently to faith, COVID-19 and technology.
Sep 10 2020
Rank #8: Nick Farr-Jones
Nick Farr-Jones was captain of the Wallabies that won the Rugby Union World Cup in 1991, the Bledisloe Cup in 1992 and defeated the Springboks in 1992. He was capped 63 times for Australia, including 36 as captain. Nick completed a Law degree at the University of Sydney before practicing law while pursuing his amateur rugby career. In 1992, he became a Member of the Order of Australia, in 1999 was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame and in 2001 was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through Rugby Union. After hanging up his boots, Nick has worked in investment banking and funds management for Societe Generale and Taurus Funds Management, respectively.
Jul 08 2020
Rank #9: Michael Spence
Dr Michael Spence is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney. Under his leadership, the University has risen to 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for graduate employability. An alumnus of the University, Dr Spence has a BA with first-class honours in English, Italian and Law. He is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. In 2017, Dr Spence was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for leadership of the tertiary education sector and to the Anglican Church of Australia. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 2007.
Jul 03 2020
Rank #10: Clare Steele
Originally from the Blue Mountains, Clare studied a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering at the University of Western Sydney before also earning her Master of Divinity from Sydney Missionary & Bible College. She had a diverse career working in corporates like Accenture and Macquarie Bank as well as in local preschools and churches before starting as the CEO of Compassion Australia in 2020. Immediately before taking up the position with Compassion, Clare was the Chief Operating Officer of Anglican Deaconess Ministries, a role she held for three and a half years. Clare is married with three children.
Jul 03 2020