Mothered by God

Mothering Sunday, 15th March, 2015 Mothering Sunday is a tough day to preach on. We celebrate motherhood, and whilst my mother died some years ago she was a great mum, and I’ve been blessed by having a fine mother in law. Whilst I have no children, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in the…
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Being called to speak the Word of God

January 25th, 2015 – Conversion of Paul Both of tonight’s readings describe the calling of men to speak the word of God – a calling that God makes in two VERY different ways. For Saul, it’s a sudden calling of breath-taking drama – Jesus appears to him, he is blinded for three days, doesn’t eat…
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Are we there yet? – The coming of the Kingdom

December 14th, 2014 “Are we there yet?” On any journey involving children (and some adults, like me!) it’s likely that these words will be heard at any point after 15 minutes in to the journey. And then will be heard every 15 minutes until arrival… “Has he been yet?” Words that parents of younger children…
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Working through unbelievers – Isaiah 45:1-7

October 19th, 2014 In room 52 of the British Museum there is a barrel-shaped clay cylinder, dated around 538BC, about 9” long and 3” in diameter at it’s widest point – looking at pictures of it I’m reminded of a corn on the cob…. This is the Cyrus Cylinder, and there is a copy of…
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Feeding miracles – Matthew 14:13-21

August 3rd, 2014 When I was a teenager, I’m afraid to admit that I was an agnostic.  I guess these days I’d be called ‘spiritual but not religious’. I would hear of Jesus’s miracles and then, with the absolute certainty and fullness of knowledge that only a 14 year old boy can have I would…
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Ascension Day, 2014

Ascension Day, 2014 Sometimes you get theological insights in the strangest places. Last week I had a ‘Godfather Morning’ with my Godson, Ossie. We visited a Cupcake Shop in Hillsborough and whilst he demonstrated the use of a jam covered crumpet as a comedy moustache, his mum asked whether I had anything lined up to…
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When is a fast a feast?

Ash Wednesday Evening Service, 2014 Certainly not for me on Tuesdays. That’s the day on which I’ve been fasting since Christmas, in an attempt to get my weight a little under control. By Tuesday evening I’m eyeing up the calorific possibilities in used tea-bags… The question, ‘When is a fast a feast?’ may seem an…
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