Author Archives: tim

Advent hope

I wonder what you are looking forward to. Christmas? A holiday? Seeing friends or family? A medical procedure that you hope will make life easier? Maybe there isn’t anything. You are finding life hard, and seeing hope or joy in the future is just beyond you. Perhaps when you look forward all you see is […]

King of the Jews

Do you ever see a road sign when you’re driving along and think, “Thanks for letting me know but what am I meant to do about it?” I mean, if I see a road sign with a 30 on it, then I know what that means – I’m meant to drive at no more than […]

Remembrance 2022

I wonder what you think when you see All Saints church building. Maybe you don’t think very much at all. But just consider it a moment. Imposing, square, stone, set well in its grounds, overlooking the town, as if it’s been here forever, and always will be. But, of course, it hasn’t been here forever. […]

All Saints Day

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Over the last couple of months we’ve been exploring discipleship together. We’ve asked ourselves the question, “how close am I to Jesus?” We’ve thought about […]

Who do you say I am?

“Who do you think you are?” This used to be an aggressive question designed to take someone who was taking liberties down a peg or two. Nowadays it’s more commonly associated with the television programme of the same name, in which celebrities investigate their family trees to uncover interesting links between their lives and the […]

Job – All of it

This evening we are diving into the story of Job. We’ve had two readings from the book of Job, but actually we are going to take the opportunity to look at the whole of the book. Even for one of our longer, Dive, sermons, this is quite an undertaking, and we’re not going to be […]

Helpful Hands

As many of you will know, we are spending some time this autumn thinking about discipleship, which means following Jesus and learning from him. A summary of what we’re exploring is in this leaflet about discipleship, prepared by the Mission and Discipleship Action Group. If you don’t have a copy please do pick one up […]

Helpful Habits

I wonder if you have a favourite book, TV show, film, piece of music, or piece of art. That thing that you go back to time and time again. It doesn’t matter that you’ve read it, or listened to it, or seen if before. It doesn’t matter that you know the characters, or that you […]

Close and Centred

A few weeks ago I began our exploration of discipleship, and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. We talked about the ideas of following and of learning – that being a disciple of Jesus means to follow Jesus and to learn from Jesus. I gave a bit of an overview of how […]

Sheep and Goats

Before we dive into the text that we are focussing on this evening, let’s take a step back and look at the context in which Jesus originally shared it. The first thing to note is that this is the end of one section of Matthew’s eye witness account of the good news of Jesus. If […]