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Posted: 5 days 5 hours ago

3 times in the book of Revelation we get this phrase - “Who was, and is, and is to come”.

“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne” ( Revelation 1:4 )

“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says...Read more

Posted: 1 week 5 days ago

I'll put this up here, because this may be of help to someone else at some point, but I'm a bit tentative about doing so.

In working on preaching from Revelation chapter 1, I found it helpful to make an audio recording of the Greek of that chapter. Once I'd got to know any vocabulary that I had to look up at first, it gave me an easy way to become more familiar with the chapter, at the...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 5 days ago

One of the most glorious truths is the real hope that God offers his people. It's a real, substantial hope of a future on a renewed earth, with renewed bodies, free of suffering, with God himself living among us.

Where might we look in the Bible to see this renewed-earth future promised?

So far we've looked at 1 Corinthians 15...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 28 Aug 2016

Many of you will remember the experience of falling in love for the very first time. You can’t get enough of the other person. Their voice. Time with them. Everything’s wonderful. Your friends comment that you’ve got a fresh spring in your step, a smile on your face.

It’s wonderful. But there’s a problem. It rarely lasts. Not with that delightful, initial rosiness, the fire, the......

Preached On: 24 Jul 2016

“Who do you think you are to speak to me like that?”

I’m sure you find yourself thinking that from time to time. Someone asks you to do something, offers you some advice. It’s not entirely welcome. And then you start to think: “Who is this person who’s talking to me? Why should I do what they say? Do they even know me well enough to give me this advice, or to boss me around?” “Who do......

Preached On: 17 Jul 2016

The past few weeks have been bewildering. Since the referendum, never mind a week, it’s felt like an hour is a long time in politics. It’s been unsettling, driven by two questions we can’t easily answer. “Who’s in charge?” David Cameron, Nigel Farage, Roy Hodgson, Chris Evans, all resigning, and Jeremy Corbyn’s position looking uncertain. An alien invasion was easily thwarted the other week.......


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

From the blog: Blog & Mablog
27/08/2016 - 16:53

As we continue to meditate on the importance of self-control, and its relationship to other forms of free governance, we have to do more than consider control of appetites and emotions that we know to be a problem. We also need to exercise self-control when it comes to suppression of false virtues.

One of the false virtues of the modern evangelical church is the “virtue” of softness....

From the blog: Blog & Mablog
27/08/2016 - 17:13

Part of living together is learning to deal with the fact of death. In the early years of our congregation, we had almost no funerals. The reason we had few funerals in the early days of the church is that we were all babies. Now we have had a number of funerals, and given how many of us have been worshiping together for many years, that number is only...

From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
28/08/2016 - 07:01

If the NHS is not working as we would wish it to work (and there're few who would argue that the current situation is perfect) then obviously there's an argument that the way that the NHS works should be changed. Which brings us to two surprises, the first that the head of 38 Degrees agrees with us on this matter. The second that he doesn't see the obvious answer:

Politicians have failed...

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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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