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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…

The Game-Changing Spirit

Pentecost Readings: Acts 2. 1-21; Psalm 104. 24-36; Romans 8. 22-27; John 15. 26-27; 16. 4b-15 (view all) I wonder whether you managed to catch the Royal Wedding yesterday? It’s one of those events, depending on what kind of person you are, where you either have to catch it at all costs or you’ve been desperately trying to avoid it. As I was watching the wedding, the thing that all the TV commentators kept saying was that it was a…

A Distinctive Calling

Sunday After Ascension Readings: Acts 1. 15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5. 9-13; John 17. 6-19 (view all) One of the most sacred tasks in priestly ministry is to minister to those who are close to death. I can still remember the first time I was asked to visit someone, a lady, who knew she only had a few more days to live. She was there in bed, with her daughter gathered in close to her, and there was…

Revolutionary Love

Sixth Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 10. 44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5. 1-6; John 15. 9-17 (view all) Love! It’s a word used so often in our world today that in some ways it has lost its meaning. I love my wife, Amy, and often tell her, and I love my daughter, Evie, but I’ve also been known to wax lyrical about my love of music, of football, or even a good burger! In our gospel reading, Jesus repeats that famous command made…

Life with God

Fourth Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 4. 5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3. 16-24; John 10. 11-18 (view all) A few weeks ago, Amy, Evie and I went up to the Lake District for few day’s break after Easter. Well, it rained for most of those days, but on the final day the weather was lovely, so we decided to visit Hilltop, famous for being Beatrix Potter’s house. But of course, when we arrived the car ahead of us took…

Ordinary Witnesses

Third Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 3. 12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3. 1-7; Luke 24. 36b-48 (view all) One of the most exciting pieces of news I’ve ever had to share was the birth of our daughter, Evie. I don’t know whether you know this, but Evie is her nickname — her full name is Evangeline, which comes from the Greek word in the bible for ‘good news’. We wanted the world to know that she is good news, and…

Our Resurrection Family

Easter Day Readings: Isaiah 25.6-9; Psalm 118.14-21; Acts 10.34-43; John 20.1-18 (view all) I love this time of year, and I’m always reminded of being outside back home in Mid Wales, where I grew up. There are two things that always straight away let me know that it’s Spring time. The first is that there are daffodils springing up everywhere — all around the edges of my parents’ garden and on the grass verges on the side of the roads. And…

A new kind of King

Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms: Mark 11.1-11 Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 31.9-16; Philippians 2.5-11; Mark 15.1-47 (view all) For our first wedding anniversary, I decided to take Amy away for a weekend away in Paris. It’s the only holiday, as far as I can remember, that I completely organised myself. I booked a really reasonably-priced hotel close to the centre of Paris, near the Arc de Triomph, and sorted out train tickets and everything else we…

The hour has come

Passion Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 31.31-34; Psalm 51.1-13; Hebrews 5.5-10; John 12.20-33 (view all) One of the most difficult funerals I’ve had to take in my ministry so far, was for a young man in his twenties who had died of a drug overdose. It was one of those situations as a minister where there is just nothing you can say, and even finding any words to express that family’s grief, not just for their son but also for all their dreams…
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