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Choosing Faith

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity Readings: Joshua 24. 1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34. 15-22; Ephesians 6. 10-20; John 6. 56-69 (view all) One of the most terrifying days of my life so far was the day when Evie, my daughter was born. Amy, my wife, had been in labour for over 24 hours and nothing was happening, so the doctors decided that she needed to have a C-section. So Amy was taken to be prepared for theatre, and I was taken to…

Our Communion

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Readings: Proverbs 9. 1-6; Psalm 34. 9-14; Ephesians 5. 15-20; John 6. 51-58 (view all) I was brought up in a very active Christian family, and so, throughout my childhood, believing the things that Christians believed and doing the things that Christians did, especially in church, just seemed normal to me. I can remember the period in my early teens when I began to realise, though, that what I thought was normal wasn’t necessarily what was normal…

Practical Discipline, Spiritual Nourishment

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Readings: 1 Kings 19. 4-8; Psalm 34 1-8; Ephesians 4.25 – 5.2; John 6. 35, 41-51 (view all) I have to confess that I love that feeling of being absolutely full. Whether it’s after a nice Sunday roast, or whether Amy and I have ordered a cheeky takeaway after Evie has gone to bed, and as usual ordered far too much food for ourselves. That sense of leaning back in your seat with a full stomach,…

Our Offering Transformed

Ninth Sunday after Trinity Readings: 2 Kings 4. 42-44; Psalm 145. 10-18; Ephesians 3. 14-21; John 6. 1-21 (view all) It’s everyone’s worst nightmare isn’t it? You throw a dinner party, you lay the food out, and then more and more people arrive and you realise there isn’t enough to go around. Perhaps that’s why, when we entertain, we so often put on so much food that there’s heaps left over. In both our Old Testament and Gospel Readings, we’re…

Standing at the Tomb

Feast of Mary Magdalene Readings: Song of Solomon 3. 1-4; Psalm 42. 1 – 8; 2 Corinthians 5. 14-17; John 20. 1, 2, 11-18 (view all) My Father’s side of the family are North Yorkshire farmers, so I have lots of fantastic memories growing up of going to visit the farm. I also remember being jealous of the exciting things that my cousins were able to do growing up, like hand-rearing lambs and riding cross country motorbikes around the fields.…

The Riches of Grace

Seventh Sunday after Trinity Readings: Amos 7. 7-15; Psalm 85. 8-13; Ephesians 1. 3-14; Mark 6. 14-29 (view all) I’m afraid this morning I need to get off my chest that I’ve failed as your priest this week. I confess before you and before God that I did sneak away early from the Ladies’ Forum Eucharist on Wednesday night so I could watch the end of the England match! It was a dramatic night, and a real mix of emotions.…

Vulnerable Mission

Sixth Sunday after Trinity Readings: Ezekiel 2. 1-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12. 2-10; Mark 6. 1-13 (view all) I’ve always been fiercely independent — my parents tell me that growing up my catchphrase was always ‘I can do it myself!’ In fact, there’s one famous story from when I must have been around five or six years old, and my parents had decided to redecorate my bedroom in our brand new house. So we went to the shops together…

A Small Part in a Big Story

Nativity of John the Baptist Readings: Isaiah 40. 1-11; Psalm 85. 5-12; Acts 13. 14b-26; Luke 1. 57-66, 80 (view all) As I’m sure you can imagine, my wife Amy and I have lots of conversations about our daughter, Evie. What kind of person would we like her to grow up to become? What will she be like when she’s older? What career path will she choose? Who is it that God might be calling her to be? In this…

Motivated by Love

Third Sunday after Trinity Readings: Ezekiel 17. 22-24; Psalm 92. 1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5. 6-10, 14-17; Mark 4. 26-34 (view all) Some of you may well know that earlier in the year I turned thirty. Lots of people, including my younger brother and sister, were jokingly asking me whether I feel old now. But to be honest, it didn’t feel like that big a step at all. However, a few years ago when I was just on the cusp…

Suffering well

Second Sunday after Trinity Readings: Genesis 3.8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4.13 – 5.1; Mark 3.20-35 (view all) I’ve always been fiercely independent — my parents tell me that growing up my catchphrase was always ‘I can do it myself!’ In fact, there’s one famous story from when I must have been around five or six years old, and my parents had decided to redecorate my bedroom in our brand new house. So we went to the shops together and they…

Ordinary People, Extraordinary God

First Sunday after Trinity Readings: Deuteronomy 5. 12-15; Psalm 81. 1-10; 2 Corinthians 4. 5-12, Mark 2.23 – 3.6 (view all) I wonder whether you have a ‘claim to fame’ — a story of when you came across someone famous. My best story is about the time I had a kebab with Ed Sheeran, the singer songwriter. Some of my friends had met him at a gig in London and persuaded him to come to Newport and play for a…

The Family Business

Trinity Sunday Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8.12-17; John 3.1-17 (view all) I wonder whether you’ve ever had one of those deep, late night conversations. The kind of philosophical conversation that takes place, usually after a few drinks, where you and those with you put the world to rights together. I can remember plenty of those kinds of conversations when I was studying — sometimes we would end up reaching a place of agreement and deeper understanding, but often…