I was recently reminded of this paragraph from David Foster Wallace’s novel The Pale King: ‘The next suitable person you’re in light conversation with, you stop suddenly in the middle of the conversation and look at the person closely and say, “What’s wrong?” You say it in a concerned way. He’ll say, “What do you…
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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…
God’s Tattoo (Isaiah 49)
If God had a tattoo, what would it be? This talk, from our Baby Dedication Service, reflects on Isaiah 49 (mp3)
The Waiting Wall
A preaching illustration about sin and the stuff we keep hidden inside.
True Freedom (1 Peter 2:13-17)
What is true freedom and how should we use it? This talk on 1 Peter 2 looks at the nature of freedom and how we can use our freedom to serve our world. (mp3)
2014: The Sights, Sounds, Tastes and Hs
A selection of things I enjoyed and am grateful for from 2014.
Joseph: The Transformation of Judah (Genesis 44)
A talk on Genesis 44, the masks we wear, and how the gospel can set us free. (mp3)
Magical Realism and the Imminent Frame
A brilliant essay from Deborah Bowen on the subversive power of magical realism in a supposedly secular age.
Everybody Worships: David Foster Wallace on Idolatry
David Foster-Wallace on worship.
What does it cost to follow Jesus? (mp3)