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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 2 weeks 22 hours ago

This coming Sunday is Remembrance Sunday.

For readers not in the United Kingdom: World War I hostilities ended on 11th November 1918. Many communities had lost a large proportion of their young men, so war memorials were erected in each community with the names of those who died in the war. On 11th November 1919, they were remembered. Ever since then, on 11th November, or on the Sunday...Read more

Posted: 4 weeks 1 day ago

Premier Christian Radio just posted a question on Facebook:

A quarter of Church of England services do not have a single child in the congregation, increasing fears of a gradual ‘extinction...Read more

Posted: 2 months 3 days ago

I hit an annoying trouble using the "Stroke Outline" feature of Photoshop Element 14. I then solved it. So I'll share it here for the benefit of others who encounter the same issue.

Stroke Outline

"Stroke outline" allows you to do something quite simple: You can colour in the outline of a selection. You can choose the colour, the thickness in pixels, and whether the outline will be...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 19 Nov 2017

Sometimes, the world appears to be utterly chaotic. Evil can appear unchecked. It can seem as if there’s no-one at the driving wheel, no-one at the controls. History is one big runaway train.

It may well have felt like that to the Jews who were living in Babylon in the 6 th century BC. They’d been taken there by king Nebuchadnezzar, and they tried to make a life for themselves. But as.....

Preached On: 12 Nov 2017

A sermon given on Remembrance Sunday 2017.

2017 has had us worried at times. We’ve watched the tensions between the United States and North Korea ratchet up. The fear that any actual war could turn nuclear is very sobering.

North Korea wants its place on the world stage, and flexes its muscles to try and get there. Existing world powers don’t want their place threatened. The......

Preached On: 29 Oct 2017

This is the most important service we hold each year – our quarterly combined services. It’s such a precious thing to come all together, to worship God as one church. There are good reasons why we don’t do it every week, but it’s vital that we come together, once in a while.

Indeed, the two PCCs have been going through the process of formally merging our two parishes. It is......


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

From the blog: Anglican Ink
21/11/2017 - 15:13

[M]y trust in the honour and spiritual integrity of the [Provincial House of Bishops] is irrevocably broken

From the blog: Anglican Ink
21/11/2017 - 14:37

Church statement says the delay in publishing the report due to the need to correct errors of fact

From the blog: Mises Institute
21/11/2017 - 17:00
By: Thorsten Polleit

Indicators for financial market "stress" have reached their lowest levels in decades. For instance, stock market volatility has never been this low since the early 1990s. Credit spreads have been shrinking, and prices for credit default swaps have fallen to pre-crisis levels. In fact, investors are no longer haunted by concerns about the stability of the...

You'll also find me in a few other places online, such as …

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
  • FrenchTravel.UKA forum site for British people to discuss everything to do with visiting France and wider afield in Europe. This spawned from some heavily discussed blog posts on this site, and is now just getting going as a discussion site in its own right. Visit FrenchTravel.UK

Social Media

I use social media more to follow others and to keep in touch than I do to post information of my own. Nevertheless, occasionally I'll post things. Find me on:

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