Defend & Contend

‘Defend and Contend for the Faith’ Letter of Jude I was wondering if anyone here has heard of The Great Wall of China? Apparently it’s quite a big wall, and famous. Its origins go back to as early as the 7th century BC. The 7th century BC is the era of the Prophet Jeremiah. And... Continue Reading →

Why Frankincense?

A Christmas Day Sermon: One of my favourite things to do is burn frankincense. I started this whilst living in Egypt and enjoying it in the Coptic churches. All the way through the Old Testament, the priests would burn incense. And somehow this represents before God the prayer of the people. Even today in many... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Nain?

‘What’s in a Nain? -  Raising the Widow’s Son  (Luke 7:11-17) Every detail in the Gospel stories carries various degrees of meaning and clues. What’s in a Nain? Nain is a very small town just about 14/5 miles south of Nazareth. Both towns overlook the notorious Valley of Jezreel. ‘Jezreel’ a combination of two words: ... Continue Reading →

Touching the Hem

A short devotional reading of Mark 6:53-56 They landed in Gennesaret - on the NW side of Sea of Galilee, just south of Capernaum. This is the historic land allocation of the Tribe of Naphtali. In Deuteronomy (33:23), the blessing of Moses to this tribe reads: “And of Naphtali he said, ‘O Naphtali, sated/abounding with... Continue Reading →

Palm Sunday Symbolism

Palm Sunday Pause for Thought on BBC RADIO DEVON 28 March 2021 (begins at 1:54:05) Palm Sunday is about Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem. The Donkey is representative of a peaceable kingly power. The whole act is a deeply symbolic action. And as the hooves clickety-clacked on the ground - ancient prophesy was being fulfilled.... Continue Reading →

Jesus Christ is Still King and His Gospel is Still True

Sermon preached at a Taunton Churches Together Sunday Service on 15/11/2020. On the evening of November 5th, my wife, pregnant daughter and her husband, and our 4 year old daughter, were in the garden having a fire-pit bonfire. We had German sausages cooking; marshmallows warming. Sparklers, and one or two thimbles of beer. We were... Continue Reading →

About Jesus…

Having just read G. K. Chesterton's The Everlasting Man, so much stood out as, frankly, pure genius.  However, these few lines were among many that were just stunning, and I hope they inspire you to read this incredible journalistic and dare I say, playful, account of history, religion and the fact of Jesus of Nazareth.... "'The first rational... Continue Reading →

He Gave Them…..

A brief quote from a brilliant piece by Stanley Hauerwas a few years ago here: "Jesus was crucified because he embodied a politics that threatened all worldly regimes based on the fear of death. And so Easter has profound political consequences... ...He gave them a new way to deal with offenders - by forgiving them.... Continue Reading →

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