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Posted: 5 days 1 hour ago

A third post in the 300th anniversary year of Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe , following on from one on the subject of contentment and a second on bondage of the...Read more

Posted: 1 week 4 days ago

The other day, I quoted from Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe , in this its 300th anniversary year.

Here's another excerpt that illustrates the topic of the "bondage of the will". This is the idea, in theology, that humans who sin but are...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 1 hour ago

Last weekend was the busiest of the year for Eurotunnel, as holidaymakers from France and across Europe head back to Britain for the start of the school year.

As a result, some delays are to be expected.

The staff at Eurotunnel did a very good job at communicating with their passengers. They sent text messages both 2 days beforehand and throughout the day, and responded rapidly...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 8 Sep 2019

The Antiques Roadshow has been running for 40 years. I’m not an avid follower, but you’re probably familiar with the format. They travel around different British towns with antiques experts, so members of the public can bring things to have valued.

There are inevitable disappointments. Something the owner thought was priceless turned out to be worthless. But then there’s the reverse,......

Preached On: 28 Apr 2019

Old fashioned ideas about God, that turn out to be very important.

Two weeks ago, we looked at guilt. Ezra 9 showed us what God is like, and what we are like. Guilt may be out of fashion, but it turns out it’s very important.

Today, we look at repentance. Also out of fashion.......

Preached On: 14 Apr 2019

Guilt gets a bad press today.

Many secular counsellors would say it’s unhealthy to feel guilty. We need to let go of our sense of guilt. And if someone is trying to process issues and problems in their life, the last thing they need is to be made to feel guilty for things they’ve done wrong.

The same thinking runs within the church. Christians have traditionally talked about......


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

From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
16/09/2019 - 12:01

Forty years ago, on September 16th, 1979, one of the most thrilling escapes of the Cold War took place from Communist East Germany, when two families, eight people in all, fled to freedom in West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. It took them one-and-a-half years, one failed attempt, and three balloons to complete it.

Peter Strelzyk, a 37-year-old electrician, and...

From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
17/09/2019 - 07:01

Sadly, letters to The Times need to be short:


Sir, Harry Wallop (“Going shopping? Here’s the proof that you’ve never had it so cheap”, Sep 13) wonders why university, theatre and healthcare have risen in price while women’s shoes, calculators and tennis rackets seem to have fallen. It’s called Baumol’s cost disease. As a society gets...

From the blog: Mises Institute
16/09/2019 - 15:30

Recorded at the Mises Circle in Seattle, 14 September 2019.

Elites in America spent the twentieth century lecturing us about the unquestioned virtue of democracy and voting. But they change their tune when the wrong guy wins. Donald Trump, Brexit, and the rise of right-populist movements in Europe all challenge the West's great sacred cow.

Hans Hoppe famously reconsidered the...

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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