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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 1 month 6 days ago

Yesterday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave a speech at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) conference in Manchester.

In many ways it was a very fine speech. He spoke out for the needs of the poorer members of society with clarity, compassion and awareness...Read more

Posted: 1 month 2 weeks ago
AVG

A few years ago, I posted about the anti-virus software provided by AVG. At the time, their free version was very popular, and maybe still is. My post was about them earning extra money from their free users by changing their privacy policy in a somewhat unsavoury...Read more

Posted: 2 months 2 weeks ago

Here's a problem with Microsoft Word that's bugged me for ages.

Quotation marks in Word

Sometimes I write a document in which I quote either another document (a book, for example), or report direct speech. I might do this with single-quotation marks (') or with double-quotation marks ("). It's useful to have the choice here, because you sometimes quote a document in which something...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 14 Oct 2018
Introduction: Christian Worship

What are we doing here this morning?

What happens when Christians come together, for what we call “church”.

It’s always good to have visitors with us. Maybe you go regularly to another church elsewhere. But if you don’t, I wonder what you think gets Christians to come here. As opposed to stay in bed. Play football. Go shopping.

Even those....

Preached On: 30 Sep 2018

I take it we all agree that love is important. If I told you that I’m going to try to convince you that love is important, you’d probably switch off. We know that already.

What’s not so obvious is what we mean by this. What is love? How is it important?

Nearly every world religion teaches that love is supreme. Whether it’s one of the 5 Sikh virtues. Whether it’s required by......

Preached On: 23 Sep 2018

Churches can easily become competitive places. People jockeying to be noticed, treated by others as the significant ones.

Or you get a two-tier system. There are the keen members, the spiritual ones. And then there’s everybody else, who feel less part of things.

Competitive. Elitism. We get enough of those two attitudes in the wider world. We don’t need it here as well. And yet....

Blogroll

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

From the blog: Mises Institute
18/10/2018 - 20:25

In this 18-minute talk, Malavika Nair presents the basics on what money is, its origins, and why it is so central to a modern economy. Delivered at the Mises Institute on 21 June 2012. 

From the blog: Children Desiring God
19/10/2018 - 12:00

What if you were to ask your teen the following questions:

What does the Bible have to say about using Facebook? Are you honoring Jesus as you participate in sports? Do you have a biblical view of doing your homework? Are you wise in the friends you choose? Why are the answers to these questions important for your life?

What kind of...

From the blog: The Good Book Company
19/10/2018 - 11:25

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

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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