• This Book Smells

    This Book Smells

    This is the third novel I have read by Louise, and each one underlines my belief in her as a truly exceptional writer. This book, however, should come with a... Read more

    Posted on 14 August 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Whale 3 Ways

    A few months ago, I was approached by Fuelcast, a new ministry aiming to bring a Bible-based, devotional video to subscribers' inboxes every weekday. Prior... Read more

    Posted on 03 August 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Sixty Nine Reasons

    Sixty Nine Reasons

    On the 69th birthday of the NHS, here are sixty-nine reasons to be thankful: 1. For every hand held 2. For every restless researcher, in pursuit of an elusive... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Time to Talk

    Time Talk

    In August last year, I was still finding my way around a new town. After 19 years in West London, I was starting to adjust to a new life in West Berkshire. My... Read more

    Posted on 17 June 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • An Extended Invitation

    Extended Invitation

    Pictured below is Jo Swinney's new book next to a hedgehog house in my garden. Please note that it is a hedgehog house and not a hedgehog home - since it... Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2017 SPIRITUALITY
  • Virtual but Not Virtuous?

    Virtual Virtuous?

    When Simon Reed wrote the foreword to my book Journey earlier this year, he included the following: Richard is himself the embodiment of what this book is all... Read more

    Posted on 11 June 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Specs Not Blinkers

    Specs Blinkers

    Today is Pentecost Day. Thousands of churches will mark today as the occasion when the Spirit of God is poured out on the faithful who turn their hearts and... Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Out of Egypt

    Some time over 370 years ago, a group of Baptist believers started meeting in Newbury. After meeting for some years in a room above what is now the Camp Hobson... Read more

    Posted on 26 May 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Tweet, Untweet

    Tweet, Untweet

    In the light of Monday night's terrorist attack in Mancheste r, Twitter was doing all the things it at which it is both best and worst yesterday. On the positiv... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • More Than Binary

    More Than Binary

    Anticipating a bigger conversation... Not long after moving to Newbury last Summer, I fell in love with Joseph Hillier's sculpture ' binary conversation '.... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • What Can I Do Today?

    When I was little, my father would occasionally produce an (increasingly dog-eared) book called 'What can I do today'? It was full of ideas in response to that... Read more

    Posted on 04 May 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Indefatigable Hope…

    Indefatigable Hope…

    Earlier today my wife and I sent this update out to many far and near. ______ As most of you are aware, Fiona has suffered some serious health problems in recen... Read more

    Posted on 21 April 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Teaspoons and Tears on the Disciple’s Way

    Teaspoons Tears Disciple’s

    Yesterday I finished teaching all six sessions of the Disciple's Way course at Newbury Baptist Church. Each session has been taught twice, to different audience... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Thou Robot

    Thou Robot

    Over the past few weeks I have been holding a conversation with Luke Radford, Tech Consultant Futurist on developments in future technology. You can read the... Read more

    Posted on 06 April 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Photostentialism


    I am an inveterate photographer. Habits set over the years mean that I invariably think how a scene might be photographed even if I have no camera on me with... Read more

    Posted on 06 April 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Going for a Song

    If you don't remember 'going for a song', then I shall need to tell you that it was the forerunner of popular antique shows like 'bargain hunt' or 'cash in the... Read more

    Posted on 01 April 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Troubled by Silence

    Troubled Silence

    When I first came to faith, Amy Carmichael's vision was something which often seemed to be quoted in mission sermons. I have not thought of it for years.... Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • No Silver Parachutes

    Last week I found myself in an Elizabethan mansion house surrounded by social workers, foster carers and two trainers. Over the next three days I would learn ho... Read more

    Posted on 27 February 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Throop, Erf, Glig-glug

    This Sunday I found myself, unusually, adding to a sermon on the very morning when I preached. I knew it would be a tough one. I knew I would need to explain... Read more

    Posted on 15 February 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Enjoying the Mess

    Enjoying Mess

    When I was inducted to the role of minister at Newbury Baptist Church on October 1st, the children and young people of the church presented me with an olive... Read more

    Posted on 06 February 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY