The Freedom of Truth

One of the things I love about Jesus is the way in which he used a variety of different ways of teaching people. There are the stories and parables he told, which catch your imagination and make you chew away to get at the marrow, so that the working it out becomes part of the […]

Investing in the Kingdom

Ethical investment has been quite a big thing for the Church of England. The church’s financial managers do quite a lot of work to ensure that the investments made by the church are in line with the moral and ethical values of the Bible, and occasionally are embarrassed by press reports that they’ve missed one. […]


Abandoned. It’s a funny word, isn’t it. It’s one of those words with a range of meanings, all with the same root, but some meanings are very negative and some are really positive. To be abandoned is one of the worst and most lonely experiences that a person can go through. To abandon yourself to […]

Restoring Preaching

Every day, at exactly the same time, Margaret would go to the bathroom cabinet, open it, and take out a huge bottle of castor oil. Then she would head to the kitchen to get a tablespoon. At the sound of the drawer opening and the silverware rattling, Patches, her Yorkshire terrier, would run and hide […]

Restoring Strength

When we get back from holiday earlier in the week there was a pile of post on the doormat, all needing to be sorted out. I wonder how you feel when you see a letter on the doormat. Some are marketing bumph and go straight in the bin. Some look official: on the bright side […]

One Spirit

I wonder if anybody knows how many days there are to Christmas? It’s 168 days. We are now closer to next Christmas than we are to last Christmas. Has anybody already started their Christmas shopping? None of those really organised types who get stuff in the Boxing Day and New Year Sales for the following […]

Self-ish or Other-ish

Over the last week or so I have been doing a fair amount of thinking and reflecting on the way in which, in the Christian worldview, the flourishing of the individual and the flourishing of the community are inextricably related. Yesterday morning was our All-In service. You can see the handiwork of our young people […]

Thy Kingdom Come – in Wellington

Who’d be a King? Not Prince Harry if the reports this week are anything to go by, in fact according to interviews he has given, not many of the Royal family themselves. In some ways, I can see his point. I’m not sure I’d welcome the amount of scrutiny and lack of privacy that goes […]

Bones and Breath

Last week, Susie started us thinking about our gift-giving God, and that great gift that has been given to us, Jesus. I particularly liked the image of trying to hug someone who isn’t a hugger, and it all gets a bit awkward, and how sometimes that describes how we react to God’s gifts to us. […]

Are you thirsty?

What is it about kids and water? That day when they come home from nursery and tell you that they’d done something really special that day. They’d had the water guns out. But there was one rule. No squirting people. They’d cleaned the garden furniture, sprayed the walls of the shed and watered the plants, […]