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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 2 months 2 weeks ago
Alan Stibbs commentary on 1 Peter

This blog is many things, but one of them is a kind of commonplace book where I can jot things I want to find later, but done in a public blog because the things I want to find later may help others too.

IVP (Inter-Varsity Press) has produced two series of short and readable commentaries on each book of the Bible. First came the "Tyndale" commentaries, then later they produced the "...Read more

Posted: 6 months 3 days ago

As I've prepared to move on from leading the churches of Kemsing and Woodlands, I've needed to think what I want to say as I leave. What words of farewell, of fare well, would I leave our church family with.

I settled on Acts chapter 20:13-38. As I explained (see below), these were Paul's...Read more

Posted: 6 months 2 weeks ago

Each quarter for the past 12 years, I've written a one-page article at the front of The Well , the magazine our church produces for the whole village community and distributes free of charge to every household.

Here is the "vicar's letter" from the most recent Summer 2021 edition.

Dear Friends

“And now the end is near, so I face the final curtain.” So begins...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 3 Oct 2021

Have you ever felt hemmed in? Your problems are so vast, there is no way out you can see, so that you just feel claustrophobic? Trapped. Squeezed.

If so, this Psalm is for you.

Under pressure. Pressure pushing down on me. Pressing down on you, no man ask for. Under pressure that burns a building down. Splits a family in two. Puts people on streets. It's the terror of knowing......

Preached On: 28 Mar 2021

Perhaps like me you long for good times to return again: the opportunity to take a holiday whenever, wherever you wish; the opportunity to meet with friends, any number of people, indoors or outdoors; the opportunity to forget face masks, to sit closer than two meters to somebody from another household. Perhaps you long for good times to return.

If you do picture for a moment the Jews.....

Preached On: 13 Dec 2020

We’ve reached today the end of the book of the prophet Malachi, written about the year 400 b.c., two and a half thousand years ago. You will remember that the Malachi prophesied in the city of Jerusalem that had been rebuilt after the people had returned from their exile to Babylon. The temple and the city walls were rebuilt, but then nothing much had happened for over a hundred years, and the....

Blogroll

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

From the blog: Mises Institute
21/01/2022 - 18:30

With the prices of everything rising at historic rates, no issue is shaping politics more right now than inflation. Unfortunately for Americans, Republicans in Washington appear no more serious on the Federal Reserve than the Biden Administration.

What lessons can be learned from the past? How might the Biden Administration respond? What can be done on the issue? In this Radio...

From the blog: Mises Institute
21/01/2022 - 18:00

When we ask ourselves the question, “Can states survive without fiat currency?” the answer is clearly yes.

Original Article: "Ending Fiat Money Won't Destroy the State"

This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
22/01/2022 - 11:59

M&Ms cartoon characters are being updated to “commit to gender-balanced leadership teams and an independent 'annual diversity audit' of the company's advertising.” However, their attempt to have their characters reflective of the modern assertive and diverse world will undoubtedly be criticized by some for failing to accord with the woke world as it actually is.

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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 and Woodlands ChurchesThe two churches in west Kent where I'm the vicar / minister / pastor. Visit kemsingandwoodlands.org

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