Living Sacrifice: Four talks on Romans 12

Last week Helen and I had the privilege of speaking at a weekend away for Wheatley Community Church. It was such a fun weekend getting to know them better, and serving them. We were certainly grateful for the way they welcomed and embraced us as a family, and I also loved the opportunity for me…

Joseph and Restoration (Genesis 42-45)

On Sunday I had the privilege of preaching at Oxford Community Church, continuing a series on the life of Joseph. We looked at Genesis 42-45, this long stretch in which Joseph is reunited with his brothers after 22 years. But rather than revealing his identity to them immediately, he puts his brothers through a series…

God’s Holy Love (Isaiah 6)

For some of us, those two words don’t naturally seem to fit together; holiness and love. The idea of God’s holiness can feel daunting or scary, whilst the idea of His love may feel far more warm and inviting. So it’s tempting to see these as two aspects of God’s character which are at war…

Rooted in Blessings

What does ‘blessing’ mean in the Bible? What relevance do the blessings and promises given to Abraham, Moses, David and others have for us today? And how do God’s promises strengthen and encourage us in the good seasons and the difficult seasons? These are a few of the questions I got to answer in a…

The Gift and Call of Unity (John 17:20-26)

On Sunday I had the privilege of teaching at Oasis Church Birmingham, which marked both my first visit to Birmingham, and my first attempt at preaching whilst sitting down!  We looked at Jesus’ prayer in John 17.20-26, in which Jesus prayed for his church to be one, and we considered the gift of unity and the…

Light in the Darkness

On Sunday I had the privilege of speaking at a Carol Service at our new church, Oxford Community Church. I spoke on the subject of light in the darkness. It was a great fun morning, singing carols and celebrating hope! If you fancy checking it out you can do so here. The talk starts around…

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 A.W. Tozer wrote: “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn…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…

The Hand of God (Sermon)

It was great fun being up in Manchester at the weekend, kicking off the new year of Christ Church Manchester’s School of Theology, and also getting to speak at their service in Gorton on the Sunday. Here’s my sermon, if you’re interested. It’s one I’ve given before, looking at the church’s prayer in Acts 4…