Tag Archive: art

Light Breaks In

It’s no coincidence that lights play a huge part in how we celebrate Christmas; the whole story is about light breaking into darkness. (mp3)


The Proper Place

Andy Crouch broke my TV. And I’m grateful.

God’s Tattoo (Isaiah 49)

If God had a tattoo, what would it be? This talk, from our Baby Dedication Service, reflects on Isaiah 49 (mp3)

Can Art Change the World? Thoughts from Coltrane and Vonnegut

A couple of quotes on art’s (in)ability to change the world.

The Waiting Wall

A preaching illustration about sin and the stuff we keep hidden inside.

2015, in sounds, sights, words, tastes and experiences

A review of the best things I’ve listened to, watched, read, eaten or experienced in 2015.

Hamlet, two ways

Comparing two approaches to Hamlet. Which is more truthful? And which is more beautiful? And what does that have to do with preaching?

Athens: Recommended Reading

Some recommended reading on Greek Philosophy and engaging with culture.

MultipliCity: Athens (Acts 17:16-31)

What does Paul’s preaching in Athens teach us about communicating effectively in a way that connects with our culture and context? (mp3)

Two Tips for Preaching from Derek Rishmawy

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

Composition and Common Grace

James Rhodes writes on the legacy of Beethoven, and I ponder on the theme of Common Grace.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a brilliant epic novel

Joseph: The Dreams of Youth (Genesis 37:1-11)

What does the story of Joseph have to teach us about how (not) to handle our dreams? (mp3)

Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 1

Why has nobody rebranded Christianity? And how did a symbol of weakness and defeat become a source of hope for so many? (mp3)

Repainting Christ: A Challenge To Preachers From Cecilia Gimenez

“The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic”