January 26, 2016

 

 

 

The tree is down and the lights have been clumsily stuffed in a box (mainly as a treat for your future self who has to grumpily unravel them next year!) The new year's resolutions have been made and possibly broken.  The recovery from the turkey overdose has run ts...

November 13, 2015

This is the third in a mini series of posts as part of the preparatory thinking on an upcoming series on 1 Peter. Each blog post is simply a list of the questions which each chapter of 1 Peter raises for me. With this being the third in the miniseries it must mean we'r...

October 11, 2015

In preparation for our next teaching series on 1 Peter, I'm sharing some of the questions which each chapter of the book raises for me. As I said in my last post, listing the questions a passage raises is one of the tools I use when preparing a sermon. Therefore here a...

September 11, 2015

 

 

"I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions."

Elie Wiesel

 

Over the next few blog posts I'll be giving you a sneak peek into part of my mental process of preparing for sermons. I don't have a set routine but there are...

August 31, 2015

Do you like a nice rhyming couplet? Then you are in a for a treat here. Buckle yourself in and grab some popcorn.

 

We do not teach for the sake of gathering information. We create space where we can learn for the sake of transformation.

 

Let me come back to that in a...

August 27, 2015

In my last blog post, I discussed the idea of learning from the exiles. Specifically, as we move into postchristendom what can we learn from the exilic communities in the Bible as to how to live as faithful followers of God in a culture that may have different valu...

August 17, 2015

If you've spoken to me recently about church and the future there will be some key phrases which will keep popping up. (If you've not picked my brain of late then let me buy you a coffee and we can chat.) Some of the phrases which you will hear are "missional", "ou...

July 25, 2015

"Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls."

Ingmar Bergman


I love films.

 

I love God.

 

At times in the churches history (and in some places its present) t...

July 2, 2015

Scripture Union have just released a new interactive game called Guardians of Ancora (www.guardiansofancora.com) but that’s not what this blog post is about. I searched for this game on Google Play but what popped up first were apps for the film Guardians of the Galaxy...

May 1, 2015

Our world tells us a story of death. It says there is nothing. It says that we are just piles of dust.

 

It says that there is no greater plan. There is no greater being. We are a mistake of the cosmos. We exist by chance. And all we are is piles of dust.

 

It tells us the...

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