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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 4 days 15 hours ago

I often tell people that we need to listen to the gospel writers whenever we read the gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke or John are teaching us something by recording the things they do. We need to let them do that. The words Jesus spoke within the gospels were spoken to other characters in the narrative, not to us directly. Our job is not to apply those words to us, but to ask what the gospel...Read more

Posted: 1 week 4 days ago

A little while back, the Church of England's weekday lectionary spent some time in Hebrews 7 and Genesis 14 . So it was, that I found myself trying to explain as simply as possible why...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 4 days ago

Robin Lustig, former journalist at the BBC, most recently as presenter of The World Tonight, has written a superb blog post entitled Will the law stretch from Srebrenica to Saydnaya? . Go read it - it's not long.

He makes a simple point. War crimes from the Balkans conflict are currently...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 26 Mar 2017

Why do more people not follow Jesus?

That’s been the question we’ve been tracing through this chapter of Matthew’s gospel, chapter 13.

Today, Jesus has two final parables for us – one to put the final piece in the puzzle. One to give us the chance to step back and look at the chapter as a whole. We’re going to ask what all this means for our response to Jesus.

We aren’t....

Preached On: 19 Mar 2017
The cost of following Jesus

Verse 44: “He sold all he had”. Verse 46: “He went away and sold everything he had”.

To many people today, that is unthinkable.

The idea that we might give something up in order to follow Jesus – it’s madness.

The idea that we might give up everything we have in order to follow Jesus – well that’s just insanity.

Many people today are.....

Preached On: 12 Mar 2017

Sermon from the 2017 Memorial Service at St Mary's Kemsing, where people come to remember with thanks loved ones who have died.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord.”

So begins Psalm 130 .

The psalms are a collection of 150 songs and prayers for the people....


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

From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
26/03/2017 - 08:05

That's liberal in the American sense you understand, a wet left winger. As with Will Hutton here:

The internet celebrated its 28th birthday a fortnight ago. It’s an invention that ranks alongside the wheel, immunisation against disease and the internal combustion engine as a transformer of human existence. As an open information digital connector, it is an extraordinary force for...

From the blog: God Gold and Generals
26/03/2017 - 13:14
I am a huge huge fan of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and their parent Zacharias Trust. I cannot recommend their events and approach highly enough"Apologetics" (defending the rational basis of the Christian faith) is a close relation but distinct from evangelism (telling people the good news about Jesus)Yesterday I and some friends and families along with hundreds of others...
From the blog: Anglican Ink
26/03/2017 - 11:30

The Church of Nigeria cannot be held to ransom by any group; the Anglican Church belongs only to those who can operate within and submit to its constituted authority and structures.

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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