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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 19 hours 57 min ago

Paul Barnett has written a very helpful, carefully applied, commentary on 1 Corinthians.

Discussing...Read more

Posted: 1 week 19 hours ago

The other day I was asked why we spend time in church (during sermons) talking about issues that may not be relevant for us today.

Unpacking the Question

On the face of it, it's a good question.

If I look out at the church family here, I can think of many subjects that speak directly into needs we know and feel. Maybe there are issues about unemployment, family life, over-...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 20 hours ago

500 years ago, William Tyndale lost his life in his campaign to give the English people one Bible in their own language. Today, we're spoilt for choice, with many excellent English translations of the Bible.

In any church where the Bible is read in public (which is, I hope, all of them), a decision has to be taken as to which to use. The right decision will vary from location to...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 20 May 2018

Arrogance is ugly. We don’t like it when people get above their station.

We hate it in our political leaders. We hate it the world of work. One office I worked in, middle managers were the most annoying people to work there. Promoted one step above the rest of us, they then thought they owned the place. And we should hate it in the church, hate it in ourselves.

Because, yes,......

Preached On: 13 May 2018

It is extremely awkward when adults behave in a childish way.

I’m sure you’ve all looked at someone being thoroughly selfish, unable to cope with getting their own way, and thought to yourself: “How childish!”

I’m sure you’ve all also got drawn into some petty squabble or other. Something on the same level as who’s got more than their fair share of the back seat of the car. I......

Preached On: 29 Apr 2018
Introduction: Divisions

I love these opportunities we have to come together to worship. Three congregations, that normally meet on two different sites, worshipping our one Lord Jesus together.

Church unity is a precious thing. Too often, churches are divided.

The early chapters of 1 Corinthians are an impassioned plea by the apostle Paul to the Corinthian church: Please don’t......


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

From the blog: Blog & Mablog
24/05/2018 - 17:05

I told you I would keep you updated on the cancer news front, and so here it is. Yesterday Nancy and I met with my surgeon for a post-op visit, and with another doctor (after the tumor board had met) in order to determine what to do next, if anything. The good news is that we decided that follow-up radiation was not necessary. We will obviously monitor things carefully, but in the meantime we...

From the blog: CloudLinux
24/05/2018 - 15:02

Additional kernel modules for CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid are now available for download from our production repository.


CLKRN-273: rebuild additional kernel modules against the latest stable kernel in order to maintain their compatibility.

Update command:

CloudLinux 7:

yum update kmod-*

CloudLinux 6 Hybrid:

yum update...
From the blog: Postmark
24/05/2018 - 16:25

We now disable all the third-party scripts that collect data about users visiting our website if the user has Do Not Track enabled. This includes analytics and A/B testing services, as well as less obvious data collectors like live chat.

In this post we’re going to cover how Do Not Track works, and how you can implement support for this setting on your own websites.

What is Do Not...

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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