The Lord’s Prayer

Soon after I became a Christian, I was taught to make a daily commitment to praying ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ – the wonderful words of Matthew 6:9-13. I used the prayer to start or end more expansive prayers. I would employ lists to remind me of what I should be thankful for, what I should be praying about and whom I… Read more →

Sacred Jigsaws

Earlier in the year the designer Clemens Habicht produced 1000 COLOURS – a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. It is credited with being the most difficult jigsaw puzzle in the world. The puzzle has edges and corners, just like the jigsaws we all know and love. However, there’s no picture on the box of a fluffy dog, Swiss chalet or steam… Read more →

The Human Fly

Back in 1910 a man called George Gibson Polley made an unusual bet with a big group of people. He bet them a considerable sum of cash that he could climb, unaided, up the outside of a huge department store in Chicago. An enormous crowd gathered as he made his ascent – most felt certain that he would fall to… Read more →

Little Flock

It has been a joy studying the Gospel of Luke for the last few weeks. Luke wrote a great deal and, as you might expect with such a vast resource of Divinely inspired words, many stunning messages are inevitably left ‘un-preached’. I felt a little daring doing twenty-plus sermons and two full ‘terms’ on Luke. I wonder how people would… Read more →

Three Gifts

The festive season is upon us, once again. It seems amazing to me that a whole year has gone by since Eileen emailed me in Norwich and asked me to write my first ‘little something’ for the Christmas edition of The Messenger. And what a year this has been! Every close member of my family has embarked on a new… Read more →

The Broken Candle

When I was a young boy, I used to attend the church of St Peter and St Paul in Wantage, Oxfordshire. This particular church was a bastion of the ‘Oxford Movement’. It was, and might well still be, an example of the highest of High Church Anglicanism. During the six years that I attended, I developed love for hymn number… Read more →

Selfish Ambition

Jesus taught that we should not necessarily conform to the practices and patterns of the world around us. For example, the Disciples were challenged by Jesus to question their ambitions and act with ever-greater humility. He emphasised that they should seek to serve one another, rather than be served (e.g. Mark 11:42-45). The instruction was often ignored. Even at the… Read more →

Cricket and Evangelism

For all of you cricket fans out there, I have an unfortunate confession: I didn’t used to enjoy watching the game of cricket. It’s a shocking thing to admit to, I know. A few years ago, I was trying to land my first teaching job and I was eager to impress every headmaster or headmistress who interviewed me. So, when… Read more →


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