Author Archives: tim

Mind

Who can tell me what Gillette’s strapline is? “The best a man can get”. Traditionally this has led to TV adverts with male sports stars, shaving with the latest incarnation of Gillette’s products, implying that this is what it means to be the best – handsome, popular, good at sports, driving off in a nice […]

The Messenger

I’m going to start with a confession this morning. I was rather distracted from thinking about what I was going to say this morning by Youtube videos. In my defence, it all began in a good place – I was doing some research into what the process of refining silver would have looked like in […]

How much?

Little Nutbrown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nightbrown Hare’s very long ears. He wanted to be sure that Big Nutbrown Hare was listening. Guess how much I love you” he said… … Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed […]

The One and Only

“I am the one and only” sang Chesney Hawkes in 1991, to great chart success. Sadly for him, it was, pretty much, his one and only hit. According to Collins dictionary, the phrase “The one and only can be used in front of the name of an actor, singer, or other famous person when they […]

A Tale of Two Cities

Some weeks as a preacher, it’s like the sermons write themselves. A nice, straight forward parable, a heart warming encouragement, something about God’s love. Those are the easy weeks. Recent weeks have not really been like that for me. Last Sunday morning at St Catherine’s we were looking at Jesus’ teaching on divorce. This morning […]

Show me the money?

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay Ain’t it sad And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me That’s too bad In my dreams I have a plan If I got me a wealthy man I wouldn’t have to work at […]

Relationships

So, I wonder who’s hoping I’m going to speak on, “let the little children come to me”. I have to admit, I was tempted when I first read the readings for this week. And continued to be tempted as I looked at the commentaries on the rest of the passages. And tempted some more as […]

Harvest Stories

Where has this year gone? It only seems a little while since we had our Rogation service here, as we dedicated the cleaned and conserved windows, and prayed over the land and the seed, asking for a fruitful year. I seem to remember that it was the first dry day after a period of incessant […]

All your ways

I wonder who you trust. I wonder how much you trust them, and with what. Let’s explore this a little bit. You’re all sat down now on chairs or pews. How much thought did you give to sitting on the thing you’re sat on? Many of you have been here before – you know that […]

Overflow

I wonder, does anybody here have a horse? Not very many. What about a ship, does anyone have a ship? No. What about a car, anybody here in a household with a car? Right, so let’s update James’ example a bit. What is the modern equivalent of the bit for a horse or the rudder […]