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…

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…

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…

Solomon, Rehoboam and Jeroboam: Hero or Pharaoh?

I’m currently reading my way through 1 and 2 Chronicles, having just completed 1 and 2 Kings. I’ll level with you; it’s not my favourite stretch to read! And whenever I come across a line saying “more details about this king can be found in the Book of x” I thank God that book didn’t…

A Library of Liturgies

The Apostle Paul wrote that we should, ‘Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests’ (Ephesians 6:18) Sometimes it’s hard to know how to do that. I can find myself facing a particular situation and realising that I don’t know where to start. I don’t know how I feel…

God only knows?

Jesus said that no one knows the date of his return except the Father. But does that also include the Spirit?

Whose hand?

‘This hand is your hand.This hand is my hand.Oh wait, that’s your hand.No wait, it’s my hand!’ Joey Tribbiani In Acts 4, Peter and John have been released from prison. They return to the gathering of believers, tell them of the wonders God has done, and then together the church prays. It’s a powerful prayer,…

World Environment Day: Watch, Listen, Read, Pray, Act

Today is World Environment Day, a day for encouraging awareness and action to protect our planet. Probably the best thing each of us can do today is get outside and enjoy the world around us! It’s a glorious day (at least from where I am typing) and I tend to find that I am more…