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…

How to Reach your Context

What is contextualisation and how should we do it? A recording from a recent online hangout for The Broadcast Network (video)

The Waiting Wall

A preaching illustration about sin and the stuff we keep hidden inside.

Hamlet, two ways

Comparing two approaches to Hamlet. Which is more truthful? And which is more beautiful? And what does that have to do with preaching?

Nigel Allcoat: The Divine Substitute?

A judge pronounces a sentence and then steps down from the bench and pays the very fine he has just handed out. A common metaphor for the gospel, brought to life this week in the story of Magistrate Nigel Allcoat. But before you rush to squeeze it into your Sunday sermon, here are two thoughts…

On Translation and Trojan Horses

Previously I argued that jargon words operate like suitcases. But the nature of a carrying device is that it can be used for transporting bad things as well as good (hence regular looking suitcases get destroyed in train stations all the time, for fear that they may contain bombs!)