An Advent Kind of Blue

This time of year it's all go! Sunday evening it's our church carol service and I'm just settling down to do some video editing and talk crafting with Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' smoothly spinning from the record player. Seems the right vinyl of choice having sneaked in a chapter or two over breakfast of … Continue reading An Advent Kind of Blue

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Back to the Blog – Catching Up

Just realised that I haven't posted here at all this year! Useless. Must get back to it. Much of my posting this year has been on our church website: http://www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk This has been significantly redeveloped over the year and now features much of my faith based online writing. It seems pointless to copy it here - … Continue reading Back to the Blog – Catching Up

Tear Down the Wall!

Church newsletter article 10.12.17 This will be one of the last newsletters of the year, a year in which the news has been dominated by borders and boundaries: Trump’s promised wall between the US and Mexico and the banning of visitors from Muslim countries, missiles fired across the border from North Korea, the Brexit debate … Continue reading Tear Down the Wall!

Back to the Books

Having got my research application sent off for ethical approval, it was good today to be able to turn once more from form filling to reading and thinking. Started to read through The Mission of Preaching: Equipping the Community for Faithful Witness by Patrick Johnson. Very promising start, looking forward to working through the rest … Continue reading Back to the Books

Whole Life Preaching

The DMin thesis I'm working on, arose out of the impact London Institute for Contemporary Christianity's (LICC) Life on the Frontline had on me and our church. At the course's heart is a very simple thesis, how can we resource the church to fulfill its every day mission serving God where each person spends most … Continue reading Whole Life Preaching

Review: Judas: The Biography of an Idea

Judas: The Biography of an Idea by Peter Stanford My rating: 4 of 5 stars A fascinating read, sifting through the Biblical references to try and gain a picture of Judas and then tracing through popular thought through the ages to see how this enigmatic figure had been seen in the public imagination. Whilst I … Continue reading Review: Judas: The Biography of an Idea

Dressing Up (Church Newsletter)

Here’s an article I wrote for our church newsletter, reblogged from the church website

Wormley Free Church

Once a week I open up the laptop, turn on Word and sit and stare at a blank document waiting for an idea to pop into my head to write the newsletter about. After a minute or two of nothing happening I will open up my web browser and check out a variety of sites for inspiration, the BBC News site being one of them. This is how I discovered the story of the Peruvian artist and photographer, Christian Fuchs.

Christian Fuchs lives in an apartment overlooking the Pacific. According to Jane Chamber, the write of the article, his walls are covered with portraits of his ancestors. Or so it seems at first sight. Look again and you’ll realise after a bit that they’re not, not quite. They are in fact images of him meticulously recreating old photos and portraits. Fuchs says it started as a child. He was…

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Have You Been Read Like a Book?

According to Oxford University’s online dictionaries, the phrase to ‘read someone like a book’ means to be able to ‘understand someone's thoughts and motives clearly or easily’. This saying took on an interesting twist for me today when I stumbled across the Human Library™ on the internet today. In this unusual library, you withdraw not … Continue reading Have You Been Read Like a Book?

Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?…

I remember as a child entering into a competition held by Radio Four in which people were invited to enter mini-sagas, 50 word stories. Fifty words doesn’t sound like many does it, anyone can come up with fifty words (to give you a sense of scale, the newsletter front page article is usually 4-500 words). … Continue reading Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?…