Remembrance and Rehearsing a Different Story

Sermon – Remembrance Day 2017 : +May I speak …. The tension rose, the ringleader-guy’s face right in my friend’s face.. “right, lets have it, right now, right here, you and me” how did we get here – let’s go back! Many (many) years ago I helped lead a church youth group with the youth […]


Joy in Enough

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The Greatest Commandment


Is there anybody there? Bad tenants and a more humble church

Matthew 21:33-46 ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? My sister-in-law  recently decided she was going to buy a boat… ‘Ah how exciting, a boat!’ we said… ‘Well not like that, she said, something for a canal, she said Ah […]


Crossings, Connections and Compassion

There are, throughout France, Spain and Portugal, winding paths that cross fields, towns, industrial areas and woodlands, cut across major highways, railway lines and go right through shopping malls. They are not obvious, you have to follow small yellow arrows painted on lampposts and walls to find your way. Those who walk these paths are […]



Exodus 3:1-17. Matthew 16:21-end. The bible is odd isn’t it… sometimes when we look upon the words we might ask how they got there. How many times were the stories told before committed to writing, how many generations were they passed through? The story of Moses and the burning bush is one such occasion. We […]


The Canaanite woman and the conversion of Jesus

Matthew 15 v 21 – 28 Ten Marks of Consequence Take the paper and pencil that you chose as you arrived and I am going to give you 10 instructions, one at a time, about making marks on the paper. Please carry out the instruction in any way you choose and after each one we […]

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The Transfiguration

Luke 9:28-36: After university I went to Kenya as a CMS Volunteer, and worked in a technical training school in Nairobi. I met Rachel in Kenya, as she was another CMS (which became known among us as the Church’s Marriage Society, for obvious reasons) Volunteer. Rachel lived in a beautiful spot called Mugumo, just south […]


Ring The Bells

Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Ring the bells It’s good to be home. Rosemary and I got back yesterday after nearly 6 weeks covering the leave of absence of 2 Korean doctors at LAMB Hospital, Bangladesh, where we used to work some 30 years ago. Times have moved on, as they do. The project has […]


The yoke is sunny side up.

Gospel Sermon. Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 I wonder how you like your yolk – Sunny side up? Flipped? Anyone for the oil splashed across? But hold on, are speaking about a Yolk, or a Yoke?! (no yoke jokes please) A Yoke is a burdensome tool. A way to carry heavy loads or to pull working animals […]