Looking for a Saviour: Solar Power and Lorde’s spiritual quest

In the summer of 2017, we took a family holiday to France. One of the albums we played on repeat as we drove was Lorde’s Melodrama. It’s a beautiful, moody, layered, self-reflective, electro-pop album, and although not as commercially successful as her first album Pure Heroine, it’s my favourite of the two. And despite the…

A Conversation and a Clarification

Well, that was a bewildering experience… Usually my blog gets a couple of hundred hits a day, maximum. Last week I got half as many views as I’ve had in total since I started writing in 2014. And I think I also used the word ‘p**n’ more last week than in the rest of my…

Unintended consequences of failure porn

I’m seven episodes into The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and my feelings are more mixed than before. Not particularly towards the podcast itself. I have some questions about particular editorial choices in the more recent episodes, but I still feel it’s an important project, generally well-executed, and a valuable though painful listen. But…

The Business of Busyness: Prioritising and Posterioritising

Last week I received an email which, after a long, kind preamble saying “sorry to bother you, I know you must be incredibly busy…” etc, asked if I would pray for something that is going on in the author’s life. It made me wonder… and a quick word-search for ‘busy’ in my emails verified what…

Living Sacrifice: Leave Room for God (Romans 12:17-21)

When we are wronged, we can easily feel tempted to retaliate, defend ourselves and seek revenge. But Paul says there is a better way. In the penultimate talk of our series, I consider how and why we should resist vengeance, and what it means to trust in the justice of God. For more on this…

Parting reflections on preaching, from me and Paul.

This coming Sunday I am preaching my final sermon at Christ Church London. It’s already pre-recorded for our online service, and I’ll get to preach it live at two of our services. Having worked for this church for twelve years, it’s a strange experience full of mixed emotions. Helen and I feel full of excitement…

A Lesson on Listening: The Rise and Fall of David and Driscoll

My Bible in One Year (which is taking me considerably longer than a year!) has me struggling through 2 Chronicles. I’m nearing the end, and if I’m honest, I’m grateful! There have been beautiful moments and I’ve blogged about a couple of them. But all in all, I’ve found it hard going. And one of…

On masks, grey-areas, and petty, unsexy freedom

Sitting in a coffee shop yesterday – a novelty with which I am slowly and gratefully getting reacquainted – I overheard two people discussing the announcement that mask-wearing will soon be made a ‘personal choice.’ The conversation went: Person A: “As soon as that happens, I’m burning my masks! Can’t wait to get rid of…

Living Sacrifice: Fire and Fuel (Romans 12:11-12)

Following Jesus was never meant to be dull. But often challenging seasons can rob us of our spiritual vibrancy. In this talk, Liam considers how we can cultivate a vibrant spiritual life rejoicing in hope, being patient in trials, and constant in prayer. Audio: Listen or download Here is a small-group practice to help you reflect…

Yokes, Yolks, and Scorpions

I’m currently wading my way through Chronicles, and recently read 2 Chronicles 10, where Rehoboam took over the Kingdom from his father Solomon. It’s a tragic period of Israel’s history, where Rehoboam abandoned the way of his Father (whose life is depicted fairly positively in Chronicles; less so in Kings), rejected the wisdom of the…