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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 1 week 23 hours ago

As I've prepared to move on from leading the churches of Kemsing and Woodlands, I've needed to think what I want to say as I leave. What words of farewell, of fare well, would I leave our church family with.

I settled on Acts chapter 20:13-38. As I explained (see below), these were Paul's...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 4 days ago

Each quarter for the past 12 years, I've written a one-page article at the front of The Well , the magazine our church produces for the whole village community and distributes free of charge to every household.

Here is the "vicar's letter" from the most recent Summer 2021 edition.

Dear Friends

“And now the end is near, so I face the final curtain.” So begins...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 6 days ago

A few days ago, I posted the transcript and a link to the video of my presentation, explaining my reasons for leaving the Church of England, and for moving to join Trinity Church Scarborough as their Associate Minister.

That presentation was given on a Wednesday evening to our church family,...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 28 Mar 2021

Perhaps like me you long for good times to return again: the opportunity to take a holiday whenever, wherever you wish; the opportunity to meet with friends, any number of people, indoors or outdoors; the opportunity to forget face masks, to sit closer than two meters to somebody from another household. Perhaps you long for good times to return.

If you do picture for a moment the Jews.....

Preached On: 13 Dec 2020

We’ve reached today the end of the book of the prophet Malachi, written about the year 400 b.c., two and a half thousand years ago. You will remember that the Malachi prophesied in the city of Jerusalem that had been rebuilt after the people had returned from their exile to Babylon. The temple and the city walls were rebuilt, but then nothing much had happened for over a hundred years, and the....

Preached On: 6 Dec 2020

Let me begin by asking you a question. What do you think being a Christian is like? On balance, when you weigh up the pros and cons, is it in your advantage to be a Christian? Is it a good thing or is it overall a bad thing to do?

I take it many of us here would say, most of us here would say, it’s a good thing. That’s probably why you’re here. But it’s worth asking the question. It’s.....


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

From the blog: Blog & Mablog
31/07/2021 - 02:00

“If someone is so dependent on coffee that they can’t be a Christian in the morning until they have had some, then there is a problem”

Devoured by Grace, p. 41

The post Not a Means of Grace appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

From the blog: Mises Institute
30/07/2021 - 23:15

Professor Bradley Birzer from Hillsdale College joins the show to dissect Russell Kirk's famous 1981 essay condemning libertarians. Is libertarianism necessarily utopian and unworkable, as Kirk suggests? Is it hubris to imagine we don't need the state—or even God—to prevent social chaos? Do libertarians have more in common with Communists than conservatives? Or was Kirk simply attacking an...

From the blog: Blog & Mablog
31/07/2021 - 02:05

“What I plead for is, that in all your desire to create good sermons you should think no sermon good that does not do its work.”

Phillips Brooks, The Joy of Preaching, p. 95

The post And It Is the Work of Reaching Men appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

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 and Woodlands ChurchesThe two churches in west Kent where I'm the vicar / minister / pastor. Visit kemsingandwoodlands.org

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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