• 1795 Days

    1795 Days

    I have never quite got my head around the concept of 'light years' - although I think it is a way of measuring enormous distances in such a way as to seem... Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • You Did What to Your Bible?

    What Your Bible?

    I was brought up in a household with books. Often to the amazement of my school friends - there were shelves and shelves of them. There were new paperbacks and... Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • More Than a Rainbow

    There is something inexplicably captivating about rainbows. A couple of days ago I was privileged to see this one arcing majestically across the Vale of the... Read more

    Posted on 11 October 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Fruit and Nuts

    One of the elements which we have lost form the preaching and storytelling of Jesus is the extent to which they were drawn from his immediate setting in time an... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Out of the Mouths…


    Yesterday was my induction service as Senior Minister of Newbury Baptist Church. It was a lovely occasion - joyful, humbling affirming and visionary all in... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • To Believe, Serve and Lead

    It is now 11 months since I first began negotiations with Newbury Baptist Church about the prospect of becoming their new minister. In between then and now a... Read more

    Posted on 30 September 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Hand-stitched Narrative

    In other hands, this book would be a disaster. It would be a gritty and depressing read slipping into the grey mists rolling off the Humber. In the hands of a... Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Cleared for Launch

    Exactly one month from today, almost five years after it was first written, Littlest Star launches. Various review copies are already finding their way across... Read more

    Posted on 21 September 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • The Calculus of Prayer

    I have now been in my new role as minister of Newbury Baptist Church for twenty days. There are at least 150 people in the church I need to get to know. There... Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • New Broom


    In the three weeks since I started in my new role at Newbury Baptist Church, there have been a number of small, visual changes. Two old hymn boards, no longer... Read more

    Posted on 18 September 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Not a Cheap Imitation

    Cheap Imitation

    Hand-craftedMost readers of this blog will know that I have recently moved. Within the last two months I have packed and unpacked well in excess of 100 boxes. Read more

    Posted on 06 September 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Harvest of Stars

    Harvest Stars

    The growth of an ideaToday marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life as a minister. This morning I shall sit down at a new desk in a new church,... Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Spring Harvest in Wales

    Spring Harvest Wales

    … not that oneJust before my new ministry at Newbury Baptist Church begins, I have been spending a few days in the Black Mountains, outside Abergavenny. It is... Read more

    Posted on 30 August 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Not to Be Sniffed at


    A review of Autumn , by Melissa HarrisonLike the editor of his book, I have always loved Autumn. Justin Hayward’s mournful song was often on my teenage playlist... Read more

    Posted on 26 August 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Of Hearts and Oceans

    Hearts Oceans

    A review of Open Hearts by Kate BullWhy would you read a book about surgery for congenital heart defects in children? The short answer to that question is... Read more

    Posted on 19 August 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • On All Fors


    A recurring themeThose of you who call into this blog regularly will recognise the image below. When I closed my office door in Teddington Baptist Church for th... Read more

    Posted on 14 August 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Newbury Calling

    Newbury Calling

    The shock of the newThe last time I posted on here it was on the eve of my final sermon in a church where I had served as Minister for 19 years. The service... Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Last Words?

    Last Words?

    A sermon to summariseWhen I am training first time preachers, one of the issues with which we have to contend is eagerness. In itself, of course  – it is an... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Curiosity is Not Enough

    Curiosity Enough

    Lessons from ThomasOver the years that I have been a Christian, the disciple Thomas has been subject to an almost total re-imagination. Times without number, I... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Better Than Bananas

    Better Than Bananas

    Written on the heartYears ago, I heard a sermon on building the church entitled ‘building with bananas’. The preacher’s contention was that building the church... Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY