Vicky Beeching – Undivided: The power and danger of stories

I’ve mentioned Vicky Beeching a couple of times on this blog, most recently discussing whether it’s right to say ‘Change or Die’ about the church. Yesterday she released her new book, ‘Undivided’, which is her story of how she’s ‘come out’ as gay and Christian, and learned to embrace her sexuality. As I’ve started with…

Preaching, Rhetoric and Michael Curry

OK, OK, I know everyone is bored of talking about Michael Curry now. But I wanted to pick up on one thing which few people have really talked about – the delivery and style of his sermon, rather than the content. In my previous post I said that it was powerful, and Ian Paul has…

Royal Wedding Sermon: Michael Curry's Bad News

A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross. – H. Richard Niebuhr One of the biggest talking points of the royal wedding yesterday between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is – unpredictably – the sermon. Even The Guardian have got in…

The Emperor has no clothes

When I was a child I learned Hans Christian Andersen’s short story, The Emperor’s New Clothes. A couple of weeks ago I was at the library with Lydia and came across a children’s version of the story, and we read it together. Lydia really enjoyed it – and I did too. And it struck me…

Sermons available

I have decided to try and record sermons I preach, and these will be available on the sermons page. I won’t make a new post each time I upload one, but I may refer to them from time to time! I’ve just uploaded a sermon I preached this morning on Luke 17:20-37 from our Wednesday…

Introducing Friend Zone

I’ve been working on a new website for the last few weeks called Friend Zone. The idea has been brewing for a while now, but it’s something which I’ve only felt able to put into practice recently. Here’s a video of me explaining what the site is about: Why don’t you take a look?

Sex is burning the house down #MeToo

Sex is like fire. In the fireplace it keeps us warm. Outside the fireplace it burns down the house.¬†Ray Ortlund. Apologies if I’ve reminded you of a song by the Kings of Leon (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself fortunate). I came across the quote above recently and I found it…

The lost art of Catechism

Catechism¬†(n): an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, especially as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers. In our church we regularly run courses for people who want to find out more about the Christian faith. In the past we’ve run Alpha, and more…

Videos & the blog – update

I’ve just uploaded the last in my series on “How to grow as a Christian” – looking at the cross from Mark’s gospel. I apologise that my blog has become even more neglected over the last month, but I have been uploading videos weekly. If you want to follow these videos, the best thing is…