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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 20 hours 37 min ago

From time to time, I want to run a simple website on a server as cheaply and simply as possible.

That usually means running on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) with as little memory as possible. It therefore means not using a web hosting control panel such as cPanel, because that comes with its own RAM requirements (usually, 1 GB as an absolute minimum) and may have license fees as well...Read more

Posted: 1 week 18 hours ago
Stan and Ollie

It's a rare treat to watch a film while it's still showing in the cinema. Normally it's DVDs or terrestrial TV rights for us. But as a long-time Laurel and Hardy fan, Stan and Ollie was one not to miss.

And boy was it one not to miss.

Their films are well known, as is the era when they made them - mostly under Hal Roach Studios. Stan and Ollie tells the less...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 18 hours ago
Archaeological Remains at Jericho

On Sunday at church, we looked briefly at Joshua 6 , the fall of Jericho.

I say briefly. This was an all-age service, and we're running through a Bible overview at these monthly services. So my rule of thumb is that the talk should be followable by someone aged about 7, whilst having...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 20 Jan 2019

Many people find this list of names dull. But in other contexts we find lists fascinating. It all depends on whether you have a connection or not.

Some of you will remember listening to the day’s football scores on the radio, before the days of ready internet news. Manchester City, 2; Crystal Palace, nil, expertly read by James Alexander Gordon. People would listen, fascinated, to the.....

Preached On: 13 Jan 2019

It’s easy to wonder if God will achieve his purposes.

In the second half of last year, we worked our way through 1 Corinthians. Chapter 15 was just magnificent! Amazing views of the future God has promised all who follow the Lord Jesus. A future when our bodies are renewed, transformed to be glorious like Jesus, perfect for enjoying the renewed world God will give us to live in.......

Preached On: 23 Dec 2018

Being a Christian changes so many things. It affects every area of your life.

What is the single most important thing we do? What’s at the heart of what it looks like to live as a Christian?

Is it our church services: the songs we sing, the prayers we say, the bread and wine we share?

Is it our charitable work, helping the needy as best we can?

Is it the......


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

From the blog: Mises Institute
22/01/2019 - 04:57

Condemnations of consumerism are nearly ubiquitous in modern media and popular culture. Anyone who has seen "A Charlie Brown Christmas," produced in 1965, knows the drill. Every time we see Charlie Brown choose an "authentic" Christmas — by buying a small, natural Christmas tree instead of a showy pink mass-produced aluminum one — we're reminded it's important to not sell out to corporate...

From the blog: CloudLinux
21/01/2019 - 16:25

A new updated MySQL Governor version 1.2.37 is now available for download from our production repository.


mysql80, libmysqlclient.so.21 support; MYSQLG-297, MySQLG-301: old authorization procedure for mysql80; MYSQLG-293: added logrotate config for governor-mysql; MYSQLG-306: fixed an error logging from --dbupdate; MYSQLG-300: CageFS force-update after MySQL Governor...
From the blog: Blog & Mablog
22/01/2019 - 02:00

“The Bible tells me the Church is my mother (Gal. 4:26), and that I am to honor her (Ex. 20:12). But the Scriptures also tell me that I am not to follow what she says if she has been hitting the gin cabinet again (Acts 7:51), which in certain ages she has sometimes done” (Papa Don’t Pope, pp. 38-39).

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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

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