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,…

Kid-Friendly Hot Cross Buns with Orange Glaze

To help the kids celebrate Easter, various people from Christ Church London have created crafts and activities. You can download the programme and check them all out here! I was asked to make a video teaching people how to make hot cross buns. So here’s my attempt at making some with my 4 year old…

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…

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…

Reading While Black

‘I want to make a case that […] this unapologetically Black and orthodox reading of the Bible can speak a relevant word to Black Christians today. I want to contend that the best instincts of the Black church tradition – its public advocacy for justice, its affirmation of the work of Black bodies and souls,…

The Rabshakeh Strategy

I’ve been reading through 1 and 2 Kings recently, and last week I reached the story of the Rabshakeh in 2 Kings 18. It struck me that it is something of a parable for our age. The story is set when Hezekiah is king of Judah. He is a rarity – a good king in…