Forget not the Benefactor: Some personal reflections on tithing.

Yesterday I posted a reflection on tithing, prompted by this article from the BBC, ‘would you give 10% of your salary to charity?’ As it happens, I had already been thinking about tithing this week, before I came across the article, so I wanted to share a few personal thoughts.  I’d been thinking about tithing…

Tithing: Enjoying the Benefits and meeting the Benefactor

I used to work for the insolvency service, processing bankruptcy and liquidation cases. I remember one day being called into my boss’ office because he had been going through a client’s outgoings and didn’t understand one of the items: “He’s listed a monthly ‘tithe’. What is that? I think it’s a religious word, but I’m…

Love’s gonna pick you up

A few months ago, we watched Vivo as a family movie. If you haven’t seen it, it’s an animated musical, with songs by Lin Manuel-Miranda, in which ‘a music-loving kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for an old friend.’  In one of the songs,…

Walking in Fear and Comfort (Acts 9:31)

Last weekend I returned to preach at Christ Church London’s services in East London. Having been a pastor there for 12 years until we moved earlier this year, it was a little unusual to return as a guest speaker, but it was fun to be back! A.W. Tozer wrote: “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn…

Healing in his Wings (Luke 8:40-56)

This weekend I preached at Christ Church Manchester, and in the morning I spoke on one of (or rather, two of!) my favourite stories in Luke’s gospel: the healings of Jairus’ daughter and a lady who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. It’s a remarkable passage, which demonstrates the heart of God, the power…

Luke, Lots and the Lap of the God

November has arrived, and people are getting in the Christmas mood, just as the first batch of mince pies that hit the shelves back in July is tipping over its best before date. I’m still trying to hold off a little longer… but my resistance is being tested. Not by the lights, sounds and adverts,…

Night of the Living Dead

Ah, that weekend is approaching when those who have worked all year round producing bizarre latex products and tubes of fake luminescent blood, finally get to see the fruit of their labours for 48 hours or so. Slashed throats. Bullet holes in foreheads. Blood-stained t-shirts, and wild attempts to make vampires and witches ‘sexy’. I…

Passing Idols: Salt Bae, Moses and foodolatry

By now you have probably heard of Salt Bae and his £1,450 steaks wrapped in gold leaf. If you haven’t, you’ve not spent a lot of time on social media recently. And I suspect your life is better for it.  Nusret Gökçe, otherwise known as Salt Bae, is the chef behind the chain of luxury…