Praises go up; blessings come down. Musings on Psalm 133.

I’ve been trying to grow in my appreciation for the Psalms recently, taking my time to savour them with the five Cs of coffee, crayolas, concordance, curiosity and commentaries. From time to time I may post a few of my thoughts. Here are some musings and scribblings on Psalm 133. Psalm 133 is labelled as…

“A truth I would surrender to”

I linked the other week to a video in which author and former environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth spoke about Christ and Creation, and expressed his surprise at having become a Christian. Today, I read this fascinating article in First Things called The Cross and the Machine, in which Kingsnorth unpacked in more depth his journey, and…

Five Cs to unlock the Psalms

I’ve often found the Psalms hard work. They can feel quite abstract, repetitive, and given their cultural context kinda hard to relate to. I know that is not everyone’s experience. For many, they are a favourite part of Scripture; a fuel for worship, and an aid to express emotions in prayer. And of course, they…

A Personal Update

After twelve years at Christ Church London, God is calling our family onto something new. Later this week, we will be leaving London and relocating to Oxford. We announced the news to our church on Sunday. You can watch a short interview at the bottom of this post, which we recorded for our online services,…

Good Friday: Seven Words from the Cross

The gospels record seven sayings, or ‘words’, that Jesus uttered from the cross, and they are beautiful. They are measured and deep, giving us incalculable insights into the very heart and purposes of God Himself. For the past few years at Christ Church London we have spent Good Friday reflecting on these seven words, and…

The Spirit Filled Life: Empowered for Mission

The resurrected Jesus stood before his disciples and breathed upon them, giving them the Holy Spirit. In this talk, Liam considers the significance of this strange act, and looks at how Jesus sends us out with his message of forgiveness. Audio:  Listen or download Here is a small-group practice to help you reflect on and…

Millican’s Law for Preachers

This week we concluded a five-week preaching course at Christ Church London, by reflecting on the emotional and spiritual life of the preacher. Over the years, I’ve learnt so many things about the practicalities of preaching, crafting sermons, the art of delivery… I have plenty more still to learn. But the most precious lessons I’ve…

BIOY: Milestones or Millstones?

Today I reached the halfway point of my Bible in one year plan. I started it in January 2018. At this rate, I should finish it in seven years. And then I’m due a sabbatical from the Bible, right? I have tried and failed to complete a BIOY plan many times. This is the first…

Seven minutes on Christ and Creation, from Paul Kingsnorth

A friend sent me this remarkable interview with writer, poet and former-environmental activist, Paul Kingsnorth. The whole thing is worth a listen, but the last seven minutes are especially interesting, where Paul discusses how his recent (and unexpected) conversion to Christianity has shaped his views on humanity and creation. Photo by Andrea Leopardi on Unsplash

Day Six

God made the heavens and earth, and over a series of ‘days’ He created everything there is – waters, land, sun and moon, plants, and animals. At every point He declared that what He had made was ‘good’. But then came the sixth day, when He made something entirely different. Humankind – male and female…