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The Why, What and How of Christian Growth

This is the script from the sermon that I preached at Emmanuel Church in Keighley, yesterday. It’s longer than most of my blog posts – sorry about that. It also has a number of typos and things carried over from the script, apologies if that bothers you. 2 Peter 1:5-9 Introduction It goes without saying […]

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A Sermon for Easter

We can’t condone what Judas did, but we can understand it.

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Love and Lust

Thoughts on love, lust and a positive vision for life, from the Sermon on the Mount.

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Which Story Are We Living In?

There are two competing narratives which explain and describe life on earth; the problem is that Christians we forget which one they are living in!

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The Jesus Who Rose Again

Dead people stay dead. But if one person didn’t actually stay dead, then the whole world is a different place to the one we think we are living in.

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Jesus Who Was Born

Jesus wasn’t born in a nice unit in a modern hospital. He was born in a fairly primitive building, perhaps lit by smoky oil lamps. His mother was an unmarried teenage girl, in a town far away from her family and friends. I’ve no doubt that the women of the village gathered round to help the strange girl who found herself giving birth a long way from home. That’s what happens in relational societies. When Jesus came into the world, he was a funny colour and if he didn’t start screaming immediately, a woman no-doubt smacked his bum to get his lungs working and some air flowing.

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Don’t Just Listen

Here is my sermon from Christ Church Flackwell Heath on James 1:22-25. This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. Things change on the web and it is impossible for us to keep up to date […]

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Belonging to the World Church

I recently had the pleasure of preaching at Portswood Church in Southampton for their world mission Sunday. We looked at a passage to which I seem to be returning with great regularity, these days; Acts 8. For some reason, our podcast player doesn’t seem to be working, but you can download the talk here. This […]

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Christian Life

Running the Race of Faith

Here is my sermon from this morning’s service at Christ Church Flackwell Heath This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. Things change on the web and it is impossible for us to keep up to […]

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Barnabas

This is a sermon I preached at Chinnor Congregational Church at a service celebrating the work of my colleague Ann Long. Ann was the Wycliffe administrator who took care of Sue and I before we went to Africa, and years later became the head of HR while I was director in Ivory Coast and latterly, […]