Theology Matters: 11 – Why Did Jesus Die?

Why did Jesus die? What were the Roman and Jewish charges against him? And what was his own intention? (mp3)

On Poppies and Pacifism

Should someone committed to non-violence commemorate Remembrance Day? And if so how?

Theology Matters: 10 – The Coming of the Son of Man

What is the ‘coming of the Son of Man’? When and how will it happen? And what should we make of Jesus’ end-of-the-world language in Mark 13? (mp3)

The Dilemma of Labelling Non-Violence

Two quotes that explore the dilemma of labelling non-violence

Theology Matters: 9 – Signs

Why did Jesus do so many miracles, and what can they teach us about his self-understanding and his ministry? (mp3)

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“Every day, we change the world, but to change the world in a way that means anything, that takes more time than most people have…”

MultipliCity: Antioch (Acts 11:19-30)

How can we build churches that effectively serve our city? And what lessons can we learn from the church at Antioch? (mp3)

Death by a Thousand Photos

Some reflections on photography, technology and the morbid irony in our craving to make things ‘unmissable.’

The Winery Dogs – Hot Streak

Hot Streak is an apt title for The Winery Dogs’ second album. They are on a roll!

The Fox and the Fleas

How does a fox rid itself of fleas? An illustration of the cross.

Nigel Allcoat: The Divine Substitute?

A judge pronounces a sentence and then steps down from the bench and pays the very fine he has just handed out. A common metaphor for the gospel, brought to life this week in the story of Magistrate Nigel Allcoat. But before you rush to squeeze it into your Sunday sermon, here are two thoughts…

Who’s Afraid of Judging Books by Their Covers?

I did something stupid. And on the off chance it may make you feel better about yourself, I thought I would share it. So apropos of nothing… here goes:

Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Sourdough

If you fancy baking something a little different for Sourdough September, why not try my chocolate, cherry and almond sourdough!

The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber

A review of Michel Faber’s latest novel, about an English Pastor sent to a distant planet to teach the inhabitants about Christianity.

Moses: Spies in Canaan (Numbers 13-14)

What is faith? And how can it help us overcome fear? This talk looks at the story of the spies in Canaan in Numbers 13-14. (mp3)

‘Chinese’ Cinnamon Buns

Chinese cinnamon buns… a recipe for revenge!

On Translation and Trojan Horses

Previously I argued that jargon words operate like suitcases. But the nature of a carrying device is that it can be used for transporting bad things as well as good (hence regular looking suitcases get destroyed in train stations all the time, for fear that they may contain bombs!)

Something Understood: Bread of Life

Another post on the intersection of bread and spirituality… This week Radio 4’s Something Understood programme looked at the importance of bread in our physical and spiritual lives.

In favour of jargon (sort of!)

Should we entirely eradicate jargon from our preaching? I say no…

Ashley Madison and the art of Darkness Management

Three responses to the Ashley Madison hack, and why news articles are answering the wrong question…

Brian Houston’s 30 Rules For Preaching

30 challenging and insightful rules for preaching from Hillsong’s Brian Houston

Prayer for Calais

A short reflection and prayer about the situation in Calais.

Yeast of Eden

Is there any clearer ‘Echo of Eden’ than the Artisan Food Movement?
A few thoughts on a theology of food.

Nehemiah, the Beatles and a Frivolous Venn Diagram

Just in case you’ve ever wanted a way to sum up John Lennon’s love life and Nehemiah 6:2-3 in three words…

Moses: Lifting Hands in Prayer (Exodus 17:8-16)

In this talk, Liam looks at how Moses overcame the Amalekites through prayer and action, and considers how we should respond to the battles that come our way (mp3)