Our most recent family pic with only Andrew missing

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Why I'm not Blogging my Sermons

A few months ago, before an oversees trip to South Africa to visit family, I blogged 

Taking a Break from Blogging and since then I haven't returned to blogging my sermons. The reason for that has been that I found myself reverting to writing my sermons by hand and using powerpoint presentations and a "freer" style of preaching. A normal Sunday has me going into the pulpit with some very rough notes and (often) a powerpoint. Below is today's sermon, an Introduction to Vision and the start of a series looking at our Vision and Mission statements … as you might pick up from the photos, it doesn't really lend itself to blogging. So, until something changes, Taking a Break from Blogging will continue to be the order of the day.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Shut Doors Can’t Keep Him Out

Have you noticed these yellow bicycles all over the place in Norwich (and, I believe, in other cities in the UK)? This one has been at the entrance to the chapel most of the week:

Friday, April 6, 2018

Easter Matters: He Will Surprise You

Another Great Forty Days
A surprise visit while going to Emmaus 
Today I want to introduce our new series (which actually began last week) called Another Great 40 Days. Christ, after preaching his Father's message to the world for three years, is arrested, tried, and cruelly executed. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. Now, though the work of providing a sinless sacrifice through which people can be reconciled to God was complete, Christ had a few more things to accomplish before His final farewell to His disciples. In this series we look at the 40 days between Easter and Ascension Day, remembering the great things God has done in the past in periods defined by “40” and wondering what He might do in us in these 40 days.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter:Who Shall I Reveal Myself to First ?

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women,

Friday, March 23, 2018

Palm Sunday: You want me to do WHAT?

 We all know this story so well that we might be tempted to think "what new thing can I possibly learn from this text?"

Well, maybe there's nothing new to learn, but Jesus is a teacher who likes revision work ... He likes it a lot, because we are so forgetful, especially of the things we don't always want to hear, or don't like to hear.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mothers' Day and the Role of Women in the Home and the World

There is no doubt that some interpret Scripture as presenting women as in some way second class citizens or subservient to men ... and if one wants to have such a picture of the role of women, you will find the necessary Scriptures to support such a view. This Mothers' Day (in the UK Mothers' Day is the fourth Sunday in Lent) I want to lay before you a view that women are in no way subservient or inferior, and will find the Scriptures to support such a view. My starting point will be the proverbial wife of noble character. 

If we look at these last verses of Proverbs, we see some of the roles that the wife played in the household: