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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 6 days 19 hours ago

From 1984 to 1988 I was fortunate to attend St Andrew's School, Turi , in the highlands of Kenya. The school had a pleasant climate. At an altitude of c. 8,000 ft, it was often still very warm, but the cooler nights meant that the school had what we used to call "real grass". Contrast much of the lower lying parts of Kenya, where the grass is brown in...Read more

Posted: 1 month 2 days ago

I was reading part of Luke chapter 1, and was struck by the fact that Luke tells us that it was the angel Gabriel who visits Zechariah and Mary. Why did that strike me? Well, lots of angels appear in the birth narratives, and we’re not given their names. So why name this angel?

Compare the following:

An angel persuades Joseph to proceed with his planned marriage...Read more
Posted: 1 month 2 weeks ago

Christian, I'd like to ask you a question: When did you last change your mind?

Last week I wrote a post looking at the question of remarriage after divorce . That may not be a topic that interests you, and it was quite a long post, so maybe you didn't read it. But it was an example...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 21 Jan 2018

What do you make of the person of Jesus? To many he was little more than one of the great figures of history. A good teacher, who said some memorable and wise things. Some doubt he even existed. To Christians, he’s much more than a good teacher. He’s our Lord and our God. Our Saviour and our King.

To work out what you make of him, you’d need to look at the evidence. It’s something many....

Preached On: 14 Jan 2018

What did you make of that reading? It’s a strange story. One that some people find hard to relate to.

We’re looking at it because today we return to Matthew’s Gospel. A year or so ago we got to the end of Matthew 13 , and today we pick up at the start of......

Preached On: 17 Dec 2017

A talk from 9 Lessons and Carols in 2017.

The world can be a dark place.

It’s been quite a year. I searched the internet for newspaper headlines from 2017. I got many screens full, from all over the world.

Here are some:
Suspected cop killer shot dead.
British meat in horse hormone scandal.
Carnage at pop concert.
NHS cuts 15000......

Blogroll

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

From the blog: God Gold and Generals
21/01/2018 - 11:33
Ron Chernow’s new and monumental (i.e., very long) biography of Grant is a fascinating read of one of the greatest of all Americans, a man often overlooked and unfairly maligned both in his lifetime and since. I have always admired Grant but discovered though this book a whole new side to his greatness and especially to his leadership capabilities. Chernow is explicit in his attempts to...
From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
21/01/2018 - 07:01

For a number of years now we've been trying to beat into the general consciousness something very important about life expectancy figures. No one, ever, measures the age at which people born in a particular place die. What is measured is the age at which people living in a place at the time of their death die. This is an important distinction.

Retirement towns (say, Bournemouth, just to...

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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
  • FrenchTravel.UKA forum site for British people to discuss everything to do with visiting France and wider afield in Europe. This spawned from some heavily discussed blog posts on this site, and is now just getting going as a discussion site in its own right. Visit FrenchTravel.UK

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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