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Posted: 1 day 41 min ago

The Gossipy Parrot by Shen Roddie, a story that our children used to love: Godfrey, the parrot loved to make trouble. He used to tell tales on the other animals - "Gorrila says that bee has stung his own bottom." "He does, does he?", says bee - and off he goes to get even. One day the lion decided to...Read more

Posted: 4 days 21 hours ago

I'm bookmarking this here for my own future reference.

There's an important article by New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson entitled Homosexuality & The Church: Scripture & Experience . It is published by Commonweal Magazine , which says...Read more

Posted: 1 week 22 hours ago

This is the third in a series of blog posts looking at the decision faced by that Church of England General Synod this week: do they, or do they not, take note of the report by the House of Bishops (GS2055) on human sexuality.

Part 1: When it comes to the boundary of...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 19 Feb 2017

If Jesus is so great, why do more people not follow him?

It’s a good question. The Jesus we read about in the Bible certainly is great. He could heal the sick. He could raise the dead. His teaching kept the crowds spellbound.

And yet, even in his own day, only a very small group were his genuine followers. And today, the number of Christians is growing all the time, but you’d......

Preached On: 29 Jan 2017

It’s easy to think that Jesus of Nazareth is fairly unimpressive.

To the unbeliever, he was a man who taught some great things, maybe did some miracles, but whose life was tragically cut short. He didn’t know how to play politics, so his enemies caught up with him.

Even for we Christians. We love Jesus, but it’s hard to feel we do him justice. There must be more to him than it.....

Preached On: 22 Jan 2017

Why doesn’t everyone follow Jesus?

If Jesus is the person we believe him to be. If Jesus is the person he claimed to be. If Jesus is the person the gospel-writers portray him to be. Then surely everyone would follow him!

He could heal the sick, control the weather, and raise the dead. He could hold vast crowds for hours, spell-bound with his teaching, while the boffins wondered....


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

From the blog: Mises Institute
25/02/2017 - 03:45
By: Jp Cortez

In 1850, French economist Frédéric Bastiat published an essay that is misunderstood, or more often, unread, titled, “That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen.” Bastiat brilliantly illustrated, through the parable of the broken window, the destructive effects of unintended consequences that result from government intervention in the economy....

From the blog: Adam Smith Institute
25/02/2017 - 07:01

That the Laffer Curve exists is a mathematical certainty. The difficult question is where is the point that tax revenue starts to fall as rates rise, where would lower rates produce more revenue? 

What complicates this is that each and every tax, in each and every different economic set up, will have a different rate at which this is true. For example, the EU's own investigation...

From the blog: Blog & Mablog
24/02/2017 - 18:53

The field of cyber-archeology is both exciting and promising. As more and more ancient servers are being discovered and the contents translated, the more we are discovering about ancient customs and laws. In addition, we are discovering that many ancient tales had another side to the story. Here is an excerpt from the personal blog of Amnon, son of David.

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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

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: