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Posted: 3 days 15 hours ago

Last Sunday, at our all-age service, we looked at the visit of the Magi, as recorded in Matthew 2:1-11 .

(I know, 6 weeks early. There's a reason, but never mind).

8 years ago, I quoted from...Read more

Posted: 6 days 12 hours ago

Yesterday evening, I attended a General Election hustings organised by Churches Together in Sevenoaks and District. All 6 candidates for the Sevenoaks Constituency attended, and did a good job at tackling a range of questions fairly efficiently. The event was full, with most seats in the large nave of St Nicholas Sevenoaks taken. The tone was positive and engaging.

Coming away, I had a...Read more

Posted: 2 months 1 week ago

2 Corinthians 2:15-17 says this:

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 8 Dec 2019

I’d hate people to think that the things we talk about here on a Sunday are not relevant. That the Bible is not relevant. That Jesus is not relevant.

Of course, that’s far from true. Jesus is very relevant. So the Bible is very relevant. So what we talk about, week by week, is very relevant.

But sometimes things can seem a bit abstract.

This autumn, we’ve been working......

Preached On: 24 Nov 2019

Our subject this morning is the second coming of Jesus.

Jesus taught very clearly and many times that one day he would come back to this world. Here are a few quotations. John 14 , verse 3: If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself. He could not....

Preached On: 17 Nov 2019

Today’s reading is on a slightly awkward topic.

We Brits don’t really like confrontation. So a Bible reading where Simon Peter exposes false teachers within the church is slightly uncomfortable to listen to.

Maybe you’re thinking: Can’t we just focus on the good there is to do here in Kemsing? This all feels so negative!

Simon Peter clearly thinks he can’t just ignore......


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

From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
08/12/2019 - 12:01

A remarkable American who made a profound impact on history was born on December 8th, 1765. This was Eli Whitney, an inventor, engineer and manufacturer. He found fame not only as the inventor of the cotton gin, a device that separated the cotton fibres from the hard seeds, but also as the pioneer of mass manufacture based on putting together interchangeable parts.


From the blog: God Gold and Generals
08/12/2019 - 22:37
Yesterday we went to see Handel's "Messiah" with the Halle Orchestra and choir in Manchester. My cousin Paul's daughter Clara was singing in the choir. It was very moving experience for all of us.“Unto us a child is born; Unto us a son is given” sang the choirThese words come from the Bible and were written  by a man called Isaiah about 700 years before the birth of Christ. Isaiah foretold...
From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
08/12/2019 - 07:01

A stirring rally call in the lead up to the election. Labour is just promising the return of universalism. There are certain things that all should have at a minimum standard and those things should be supplied by the state. We’d even agree with the base theory - all should have civil liberty for example. It the what as in, what things should all have provided by the state that we...

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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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