• 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
  • After Brexit

    After Brexit

    Citizens of another kingdomAs pastor I need to preach to and care for remainers and leavers; the delighted and the disappointed. Read more

    Posted on 26 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • What Shoes to Wear?

    What Shoes Wear?

    Soles for soulsI have just been preparing my latest session for the preaching module in the Equipped to Minister course at Spurgeon’s College. Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Creative Subversion

    Creative Subversion

    A look at Jacob Frey’s ‘The Present’When I was researching my little book on Jonah, one of the most memorable descriptions of it was by Professor Yvonne... Read more

    Posted on 18 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Rip

    Grateful for the braveWe often talk about the brave as those who bear arms on others’ behalf,  who enter a burning building to save others, or who fight some... Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Of Moses and Matt

    Moses Matt

    Moses’ commencement speech Deuteronomy 4 v.25 – 31 If Moses had known the hymn “Abide with me”  he would have been humming it to himself a little sadly just now. Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Flag by Another Name

    Flag Another Name

    Made of different clothFlags will be flying high in London and across the United Kingdom this weekend. Many will fly them to mark the birthday of a monarch who... Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • What Does the Fox Say?

    What Does Say?

    A review of Foxes unearthed by Lucy JonesIf you are looking for the answer to Ylvis’ question, then this book is definitely not the place to look – since it is ... Read more

    Posted on 06 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Lean on Me


    Every lectern tells a storyAs a preacher, a lectern or pulpit becomes like a familiar friend.  It represents the place where you exercise your gifts and... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • DIY Blessings


    Tapping a source of goodnessYesterday evening I was continuing a series on the promises which provide the foundation for our Christian lives. Last night’s was... Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Day 52

    Deep breath requiredThose who have read this blog over the years will know that I have a particular fondness for the Old Testament character Nehemiah. Read more

    Posted on 26 May 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • From Eye to Eye


    No substituteLast weekend I spent a very pleasant Saturday morning with a group of people keen to be involved in different ways with leading worship and... Read more

    Posted on 25 May 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Selling Or Telling?

    Selling Telling?

    Need preachers be persuasive?This morning I shall spend three hours with volunteers from my church delivering some training on ‘Sunday ministry’. Read more

    Posted on 21 May 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Funny Thing Happened…

    … on the way to the pulpitWhen I was first taught to preach, I was told that illustrations should be like ‘the windows’ on a sermon. Read more

    Posted on 10 May 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Crisis in Chiaroscuro

    Crisis Chiaroscuro

    A review of ‘The Lightless Sky’ by Gulwali Passarlay with Nadene GhouriTo describe an English book by an Afghan man about a journey across Asia and Europe by... Read more

    Posted on 08 May 2016 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY