Are the ‘Elite’ Making the Church Less Accessible

As I have grown to know and understand the Church of England more, I am often quite surprised by how many folk in positions of power have been privately educated.  I guess it’s not really that surprising but it seems to me that there seems to be a disproportionate amount of privately educated bishops our […]

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June 28, 2017

Reflection on Youthful Church

Benedict said, it is important to listen to everyone when making decisions as often God chooses to speak though the he youngest member of the community.  Think of King David the youngest of Jesse’s sons and Jesus himself said not to stop the little children coming near to Him. He even encourages us to think […]

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April 8, 2017

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Lifting our vision, Training to be useful

Over the past few weeks I have been reading Christopher McDougall’s books ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Natural Born Heroes.  In fact I have been listening to them whilst out running or walking.  They have not only inspired me to run in a different way they have given me a new perspective on exercise. As a […]

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February 21, 2017

Functional Goals vs Real Relationships

As a Pioneer I often find myself looking at church and wondering why we do things the way we do.  Something I have realised of late is that we so often focus on functional goals rather than the building of relationships.  We are often at risk of only encouraging folk to come to faith, get […]

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February 15, 2017

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Quiet Day ay Launde Abbey Part 3

In the third session on our curates quiet day with Archdeacon Richard Ormston he talked to us about the woman caught in adultery in John chapter 8. He explained that that was an unusual situation as in Jewish law both the man and the woman should have been there and you couldn’t condemn one without […]

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February 6, 2017

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Quiet Day at Launde Part 2

In the second session at Launde Abbey Richard reminded us of the great faith of the Centurion in Luke 7, who firmly believed that Jesus had the ability to heal his servant.  Jesus is amazed by the centurions faith and understanding and this is only one of two situations where Jesus is said to be […]

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February 1, 2017

Quiet Day at Launde Abbey

I spent yesterday at Launde Abbey on a Curate’s quiet day.  We were lead in our contemplation by Archdeacon Richard Ormston who used his first session to challenge us about grace.  He reminded us about the story of John Newton, a former slave trader who found God and ended up writing one of our most […]

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January 16, 2017

What we talk about when we talk about video games with Andy Robertson at Greenbelt 2016

I had a great time in this talk, I had an opportunity to Playing Johann Sebastian Joust, a team game using Playstation move controllers that involved you trying to keep you controller at still as possible whilst making the people move theirs.  It started off quite timidly but by the second game we were all […]

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August 26, 2016