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Emmaus Road

Easter feels a long time ago. The weariness of the lockdown wears on and on and, I don’t know about you, but it’s grinding me down. For instance, one of the highlights of my week last week was to sit in my car in the carpark of a local McDonalds eating a Sausage and Egg […]

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Every Day is Good Friday; Every Day is Easter Day

It seems like every day is a sort of Good Friday. What does it tell us about the truth of our own vulnerable humanity? What does it mean to celebrate Easter in this time of COVID19?

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God, You Know

God picked up Ezekial and deposited him in a desolate valley of dry bones. A place where hopes had come to die. We’re not quite in the valley of dry bones yet – but I feel like we’re looking at one of those big green highway signs pointing down into a worryingly barren looking desert. These are dry, uncertain times, where a pitiless sun feels like it is beating down on us. And who knows when the rain might come again?

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#blessed

If we were writing the beatitudes today, what would we write? What does it mean to be #blessed? Could the church to be a blessing? And what does it mean to be blessed in the midst of grief and suffering?

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Leaving Their Nets : A Sermon on Matthew 4:12-23

What does a classic call to adventure story from almost two thousand years ago tell us about the relationship between Discipleship and the self-actualisation that we desire?

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What do you want? A Sermon on John 1:29-42

What do you are you looking for? It’s a fundamental question. What is it that you really, deep down, under all the surface nonsense and trivia of your life, long for?

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Christmas: Ambivalence and Joy

For a lot of people, Christmas is an ambivalent time. Emotionally complex. It holds a lot of stuff – both good and bad. For some, it is easy to enter into the spirit of it, perhaps reclaiming that childish delight. For others, it is marred by grief or difficult family relationships. As children we might […]

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Joseph and the Kingdom

Joseph went to bed that night with a lot on his mind. If it wasn’t enough that the Romans were propping up that blasphemous charlatan Herod, his own fiancee, Mary, was pregnant – and not to him. What on earth was God up to? My sermon on Matthew 1:18-25 from Preston High Street UCA A […]

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When Christian Leadership Goes Wrong

Christian leaders go wrong. We should talk about it. A few unstructured thoughts from a Cafechurch session.

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The Good News and the Anxiety of Choice

What is the Gospel in our age of anxiety?