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21/02/2018 16:42

Falling towards God

Once every four years I get captivated by the astonishing spectacle of the Winter Olympics: There is the spectacular sight of ski jumpers launching themselves off a hill where the aim is not merely to survive but travel as far as possible; then there is the breath-taking lunacy of careering down a...
14/12/2017 09:29

Waiting for God

Imagine playing a simple word association game and saying the first thing that comes into your mind to go with the following words: bacon and ….; fish and …..; Morecombe and …; salt and …….   How many answered: bacon and eggs; fish and chips; Morecombe and Wise; salt and vinegar? Put another...
06/11/2017 13:35

10 Tips for Spiritual Discernment

“I’ll pray about it and get back to you!” Have you ever said this? I certainly have. There are times when people have asked me if I would consider a particular role, or someone has asked me to comment on a particular situation. Rather than rushing in with an answer it seems wise to take some time,...
28/02/2017 13:37

How did they mess up so badly?

How did they mess up so badly? It was supposed to be the most important moment of the night. The Academy Awards, or Oscars, that recognise excellence in cinematic achievements, turned into a bit of a fiasco at what was supposed to be the most significant moment. The flagship award for ‘Best...
13/10/2016 20:53

It's good to talk!

                 It was back in the 1990s when BT launched a new advertising campaign with the slogan: “It’s good to talk”. At the time their market share was very high and they were without a significant competitor but they wanted to change attitudes....
15/08/2016 10:22

Can we learn anything from the 'Pokémon Go' craze?

Have you “Gotta catch ‘em all”? Are you Bulbasaur, Charmeleon or Pikachu? Can you throw a PokeBall? Have you any idea what I am talking about? If you do, then maybe you are one of more than 100 million people worldwide who have downloaded the Pokémon Go app to their phone. Even if you haven’t, you...
28/06/2016 15:58

Living in light of the referendum.

This is a rough draft of the sermon I preached on Sunday following the result of the referendum in which the UK decided to leave the EU   On Thursday night, I went to bed about 11ish with the prediction of a close vote in the referendum but that it was expected that we would remain in the EU...
27/06/2016 16:39

Bible Study for small groups

Introduction I was asked a question on Sunday: “Could you write a Bible Study to help us think through the events of the last few days?” My initial thought was, “How on earth do I do that?” There is no specific Scripture that we can turn to in order to gain a Biblical perspective on what it means...
28/05/2016 15:43

Reflecting on the 'Celebrity Death Epidemic'

Terry Wogan - just one of the celebrities to die this year   The first few months of 2016 have seen an unusual number of people die who were household names: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett, Victoria Wood and Prince, to name but a few. Back in February,...
28/03/2016 15:55

Rebuilding trust in leadership

I picked up a book this week that raised a very interesting question on its back cover: “What does it mean to provide leadership in a church that once shaped culture, but is now fast becoming a minority subculture?” There are many avenues of thought that we might go down in reflecting on such a...

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