When is a sourdough starter ready?

Originally posted on doughies:
The readiness of a sourdough starter, for baking or otherwise, depends greatly on the age (hours since refreshment) of the starter in it’s perpetual cycle of refreshment. Here’s a…

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

A light, easy, if somewhat-two-dimensional read, with a great twist…

Feuerbach, Ferry and Wilson on Christianity and Physicality

A tantalising juxtaposition of three quotes on Christianity and ‘the physical.’

Learning to Live / A Brief History of Thought, by Luc Ferry

A review of Luc Ferry’s engaging history of philosophy.

Two Tips for Preaching from Derek Rishmawy

Derek Rishmawy offers two great tips on sermon preparation: manuscripting and practising out loud.

Simplify Your Diary

Why do we get so busy? And what can we do about it? A talk on Jesus\ example in Mark 1. (mp3)

Three Books on Busyness

Three books I would recommend on the subject of busyness.

Burnt aubergine, roasted pepper and goats’ cheese stack

A simple recipe: a stack with a base of burnt aubergines, roasted peppers, caramelised onions, and grilled goats cheese.

Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain

A review of Anthony Bourdain’s memoir and insight into the world of the professional kitchen

Easter Saturday: Crying Out For Rescue

An Easter Saturday reflection on the despair, irony and hope in Psalm 88

Gethsemane and the Half-Blood Prince

On Sunday I preached on the Garden of Gethsemane, one of the darkest and most psychologically intense passages of Scripture, as Jesus looks into the face of death, pleads with the Father to… Continue reading

Holy Week: Gethsemane (Matthew 26)

In the final hours before his arrest, trial and execution, Jesus found himself alone in a garden, wrestling in anguished prayer. This talk looks at the events in Gethsemane and considers what it was that made Jesus’ experience so unique (mp3)

Easter Reflections

Next week I will be blogging a series of reflections on the story of Easter. Find out more about what to expect.

God and Guinness

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with this short film about the legacy of the Guinness Family.

Two Sourdough Recipes: A Mill Loaf and a Rolled Oat Boule

Two sourdough recipes I’ve particularly enjoyed making recently: a mill loaf and a rolled oat boule.

Charis, by Preston Sprinkle

The Old Testament is a kaleidoscope of grace and Charis by Preston Sprinkle beautifully depicts grace-story after grace-story after grace-story…

Revisiting Revelation: What would I change if I taught it again?

In 2012 I taught a series on Revelation. In the light of recent world events, if I were to go back and redo them, here’s what I would change…

The Way: New Wine

In this talk, we look at how the biblical writers used the metaphor of wine to speak about the promise of new creation, and how practicing communion is a powerful way of immersing ourselves into God’s story. (mp3)

Theology Matters: 4 – Purpose: Luke and John

Each of the gospels tells the story of Jesus in a particular way, for a particular purpose. In this session, we look at Luke and John and try to work out why they emphasise certain themes and what particular points they are trying to make about who Jesus is and what he has come to do. (mp3)

The Mystery and Irony of Matthew 27:42

A brilliant quote from D.A. Carson on the taunt of Matthew 27:42.

Theology Matters: 3 – Purpose: Matthew and Mark

Each of the gospels tells the story of Jesus in a particular way, for a particular purpose. In this session, we look at Matthew and Mark and try to work out why they emphasise certain themes and what particular points they are trying to make about who Jesus is and what he has come to do. (mp3)

Unbreakable: What the Son of God Said About the Word of God, by Andrew Wilson

A short review of a very short book on a much longer book! Andrew Wilson’s “Unbreakable: What the Son of God Said About the Word of God.”

Theology Matters: 2 – Genre

What are gospels anyway?! Why do we have four of them? And why are there differences between the accounts? This is the second in a series of seminars on the gospels. (mp3)

Fry, Dawkins, and picking on someone your own Sizer!

On celebrity atheism, straw men, embarrassing bed-fellows and some ground rules for healthy debate.

The Gospels: Reading List

A suggested reading list on the gospels.