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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 3 days 2 hours ago

OK - I'll hold my hands up. The title of this post is misleading. I'm not going to give you an ABC on how to secure a Drupal site (maybe another day). I'm responding to a post on the Reseller Club blog entitled How to Secure Your Client's Drupal Website .

There is some good advice in that article, but...Read more

Posted: 1 week 5 days ago

A few days back, I set a maths challenge :

Prove that, for arbitrarily large N, the total number of gifts given up to and including day N is

( N (N+1) (N+2) ) / 6

I hope you enjoyed it. It's time for a solution:

Lemma: Number of gifts on Day N

First, we need a...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 5 days ago

While we're in the Christmas season, here's a Christmas-themed maths problem.

The Christmas season is the 12 days from Christmas Day (25th December) until the day before Epiphany (which is 6th January, so the day before is 5th). From that 12 day period comes the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas . Many of you will know it, but for those who don't:

The Song

It is what'...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 15 Jan 2017

I don’t know what your experience of family is.

Some people have the most wonderful family life. Others have proved all too painfully that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. In fact, maybe some of you feel that family is overrated.

When you get married, you find you’re part of two families, and that can make for even more fun. Join a church, and you’.....

Preached On: 8 Jan 2017

We’re one week into the new year. How are your resolutions coming along?

People plan all kinds of things. Giving up alcohol or chocolate. Getting up earlier. Exercising more. And 101 things that are very specific to you.

There’s one more. Many people plan to give church a bit more of a go in 2017. And maybe you’re one of them.

That’s a good thing. But you want to keep......

Preached On: 18 Dec 2016

Apparently Christmas has been hijacked.

It’s supposed to be about the birth of Jesus. It’s become all about giving presents.

I’m the vicar. I’m supposed to tell people to focus less on the presents, and more on the real meaning of Christmas.

I’m not going to do that! Because the real meaning of Christmas is all about giving presents. In fact, the more you grasp what......


A random sample from some of the people I read online, taken from the past 24 hours.

From the blog: God Gold and Generals
15/01/2017 - 19:00
It is hard to imagine from the perspective of 2017 but in the 1970s the "culture wars" were raging and my father was at the vanguard of those trying manfully to resist the impact of the 1960s "permissive culture". While as you will see below in some aspects he was perhaps a bit like King Canute as the tide flowed in around his feet - incidentally King Canute was doing this to prove to his...
From the blog: Blog & Mablog
15/01/2017 - 23:59

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this many moons ago, and just now listened to it again. Very edifying book, with some brilliant sections.

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The post Review: The Pursuit of God appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

From the blog: The Good Book Company
16/01/2017 - 08:00

"Let your disappointments be fuel for firing your prayers, and not the burden that dampens your love." (John Hindley, Dealing with Disappointment)

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Other Websites

I also maintain a few other websites:

  • Mandelbrot ExplorerThis is an easy to use, totally free, fractal explorer — explore the Mandelbrot Set and the Julia Sets, starting with one of 6 inbuilt colour schemes, but with a totally flexible layers-based way to colour your fractals exactly as you wish. There are many other features - visit the website to find out more. Visit mandel.org.uk
  • Books by Mary OakleyMy late grandmother compiled 5 little booklets of poems and prayers that helped her at various stages of her life. Visit the website to find out more about these booklets, or to order online. Visit lifetocome.co.uk
  • Kemsing with Woodlands ChurchesThe two churches in west Kent where I'm the vicar / minister / pastor. Visit kemsingwithwoodlands.org

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