What can we do in the face of such evil?

Children from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, make way towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountainThe situation in Iraq is just grotesque.

Thousands trapped by a murderous cult, Islamic State, on the side of a barren mountain side with little food and water.

Women and children killed, people crucified. All this happening in the glare of the worlds media. (more…)

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Celebrating the Jewish Jesus


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There has been an increasing interest in recent years about the Jewish roots of Jesus, which has been incredibly helpful for our understanding of him and what he was trying to share. Too often in the past we have tried to create a Jesus that is either made into our image (think of some of […]

Church Growth Conference – children & youth


At the recent Church Growth conference put on by the Church of England, one of the key areas that many growing churches had in common was a commitment to children and youth ministries. (more…)

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Church Growth – from anecdote to evidence

recent church attendance for the church of engalnd

Last week I was at a fascinating conference – on statistics!

I know, I know – you’re going to say statistics are boring or come out with that old canard “Lies, damned lies and statistics”. But actually statistics are incredibly important. (more…)

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All Change for All Age Services

Welcome Pack

One of the key elements that I like in All Age Services is that it brings together everyone and takes seriously the idea that we are all part of the one family of God. (more…)

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New Year… New opportunities…

Welcome Pack

Well happy New Year to everyone.

It’s a strange time in the land of vicars leading up to Christmas. Not only do we have the busy service schedule (and grabbing time to buy presents, prepare for Christmas etc) but we also have to be thinking ahead to the new year and planning for the year ahead. (more…)

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Christmas Message

I didn’t mention to many that I was asked to give a Christmas day message on Radio Jackie. Must admit that I didn’t listen to it being broadcast but if you are interested it is on their website. I was talking about my experiences in the Holy Land this autumn. You can listen to it here:


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Reflections on my trip to the Holy Land

On the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem

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Well Angie and I have just got back a week ago from visiting the Holy Land. This was her first time and we both had an amazing time.

The real importance of the Women Bishop’s Vote

General Synod of the Church of England

It was great to see such an overwhelming vote in favour of women bishops yesterday by the General Synod yesterday. (more…)

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Without buildings

MiX arrival 2013

I’ve just had an article published about operating as a church without owning our buildings on the Church Growth R&D website. You can read the article here: http://www.churchgrowthrd.org.uk/blog/churchgrowth/without_a_building


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