Post Archives

December 30, 2018

First Sunday of Christmas

It seems the volume is up on many people’s frustration or anger control. I am hearing lots of views about politics – Brexit – the EU – and, wider still, the global machinations of China, Russia, and the US. Everyone has a view and a villain. People have ‘solutions’ – or at least what they’d […]

December 24, 2017

The Festival of Christmas

Over the last few months I have increasingly felt a link between Christmas and Holy Communion. It has been encapsulated in the first line of Christina Rosetti’s poem, ‘Love came down at Christmas’. The incredible message and truth of the Incarnation – God embodied – the infinite God ‘fitting into’ the baby Jesus as testified […]

December 25, 2016

Christmas Day

I was wrong. I didn’t know I was wrong. For the last few years I have been following Burnley in the football as it has travelled between the Premier and Championship Leagues because my son-in-law is an ardent Burnley supporter. I would like to see Burnley finish the year in the top half of the […]

January 3, 2016

The Second Sunday after Christmas

Welcome to the beginning of 2016! I trust we will look back on it as one in which we’ve grown closer to God through Jesus. Of course today isn’t the beginning of 2016 – there’s already been 2 full days of it (or 48 hours or 2,880 minutes or … two holidays or two work […]

January 4, 2015

For the Christmas Season

I sent a Christmas tweet and put a spelling mistake in it. Not on purpose. A bit too bleary eyed I’m afraid. Instead of being on bended knee around the manger and the altar I said ‘blended’. I preached a Christmas Eve sermon at Ipswich, Coventry, and Brandon and I think it is fair to […]

December 29, 2013

The First Sunday after Christmas

UK Power Networks to boost compensation payments. Donation ‘saved our Christmas’ say family. Tributes to ‘exceptional’ soldier’ killed in Afghanistan. Three Brits injured in Tenerife hotel explosion. Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech. South Sudan threatens to attack rebel stronghold. Queen speaks of family’s reignited happiness and hope after Prince George’s […]