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Some outtakes or summary from Sunday’s talk with our church family……. From the brilliance of Jonathan Edwards – the puritan, not the triple-jumper! As a young adult mid 1800’s – Jonathan Edwards set down on paper a series of thoughts and practices to help cultivate growth in grace. These resolutions are immense, and Edwards would re-read this […]


“You said, how much?!” is what I called my talk from Matthew 20 today. I was cornered again by the impact that grace makes. Heres the audio file. The parable of the vineyard workers is a deeply unlikeable & profound gospel challenge! The kingdom of God, is not founded on the quality of the people in it, […]


yep, plain old trust! Its the heartbeat of it all. So here’s some of the core of what I’m seeking to unpack today. Here’s the audio of this raw, heart-felt preach.  For when you and I trust in God, there is no reason to fear. I love the way Henri Nouwen speaks of it, “Through the […]


The pattern of Christmas Eve brings us close again to the beauty and mystery of John 1 v 1-14. For ‘in the beginning was the Word.’ In the beginning was communication. God’s unspoilt desire that we might know each other. God is always in communion. Three in one, infinite and personal ; sharing in love […]


Gift giving this Christmas. Yep that was the unoriginal theme I explored! This was my offering this year in our school festival. The theme of Christmas gift-giving for me corners on the Luke 2 v 11 scripture:- “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the […]

Advent 3

Increasingly I love a decent written-down prayer! I’m drawn to the repeated challenge of the Psalms. And Psalm 146 is part of our lot today. Like many of the Psalms around, it offers the unavoidable words of invitation:- “Praise the Lord!” Praising God is more than just thanking God. It’s adoration of who He is. […]

Advent 1

Today this finds us in Matthew 21 v 1-11 Here’s my advent talk outline. Here we have a donkey. Really nothing more grand?! The first truly public acknowledgment of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah and He comes, as anticipated in a way that seems, frankly, a little bit silly. If God can use a stinky little […]


Today’s reading is from Luke 21 v 29-33 It’s a less-than-obvious one, and not an easy one! Preferences abound, in life, in community, in food and in our churches. So would it be jaffa cakes or fig rolls if you had free pick?! Here is the invitation to know what is going on. As the budding […]


At church, I’m teaching an overview of Nehemiah today, as part of our ‘Called to be!’ series. Nehemiah’s an all-time favourite for me. There’s so many big and important personal themes in this. Trust, prayer and action are so powerfully seen in Nehemiah’s life. Through the Holy Spirit, that’s possible for you and me too! […]


Psalm 73 v 26 is one of the verses of my life! “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” One of the talks I’m giving tomorrow, is from the back of Ephesians 6. It’s a big invitation. For this is the will of […]

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