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…

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

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 Spirit Filled Life: Not by Power or Might

The prophet Zechariah saw a strange vision of olive trees and lampstands, and heard a promise of a new temple. In this talk, Liam unpacks Zechariah’s vision and looks at what it means to build, not by might or power, but by God’s Spirit. Audio:  Listen or download. Here is a small-group practice to help…

Carson’s Three Sonnets on John 14

Flicking through some old notes, I stumbled across a few quotes from D.A. Carson’s The Gospel According to John, which incidentally is one of the best commentaries I’ve ever read. I particularly appreciated these three sonnets based on Jesus’ claim in John 14 to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. I I AM the…

The Spirit Filled Life: Order from Chaos

The Bible begins with the Spirit of God hovering over the chaotic waters and bringing forth order and life. In the first talk of our new series, Liam considers how the Holy Spirit empowers us to continue his work today. Listen or download To read more about the story of Pastor Mick Fleming from Burnley,…

God. With. Us.

I have a four-year-old daughter, who performed in her first school nativity last week. She played the role of Angel Number 1, which I suspect means ‘1 of many’ but I like to think it means ‘number 1 angel.’ Each kid gets one line to perform, and my daughter has been practicing hers for months….

Kingdom Come: Family (Mark 3)

Loneliness in an epidemic, which leaves us feeling empty, and points to our deep need for human connection. In this talk, Liam considers how the church is God’s plan for dealing with the problem of loneliness, by placing the lonely in families. Listen or download audio

The West Wing and the conundrum of unenforceable laws

I am currently rewatching The West Wing, whilst also reading Bearing God’s Name by Carmen Joy Imes, which, it turns out, is a pretty good pairing! In Take Out the Trash Day (Season 1, Episode 13), Sam Seaborn has heard about a town in Alabama that proposed to abolish all laws except the Ten Commandments….