• Mon 25th May Rejoicing in the mystery of God!

    A few weeks ago I finished one of the best books I have read for some time. In her first book, Confronting Christianity, Rebecca Mclaughlin addresses twelve tough questions often levelled at Christian believers. These questions include; Are we better off without religion? Isn’t Christianity homophobic? And, How could a...

  • Friday 15th May 20 Fearless not Reckless

    Earlier in the week, I heard a friend say that as Christians should be fearless, but not reckless. Although these words are often used interchangeably, I want to show you that they are in fact very different. I recently got back on my bike after a bit of a lock-down...

  • Friday 1st May…No furlough!

    When speaking with people in the church over the last few weeks, I have notice many sharing with me their experience of the same emotion. Whether over 70, early retired, on furlough, working from home or caring for children, many have said that they feel frustrated. So let me be...

  • Mon 27th April The Great equaliser?

    As soon as the lock-down was announced, pop star Madonna stated that Covid-19, was the “great equaliser”. She went on to say, “it doesn’t care about how rich you are, how famous you are, how funny you are, how smart you are, where you live, how old you are, or...

  • Wed 22nd April No Return

    Listening to the media and talking with friends, it is easy to get the impression that our new national goal is to simply to ‘get back to normal’. However, I have come to the conclusion that, if life before the lock-down is what we consider as ‘normal’, then we would...

  • Friday 17th April. Saved through death!

    It was a real privilege on Thursday to have the opportunity to speak from Psalm 16 during Worship at One. In the Psalm, David makes the following statement, ‘No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your...

  • Mon 13th April Bread and Wine, not Tea and Toast!

    This coming Sunday we are encouraging the Ridgeway church family to do something we have never done before. That is, to share the Lord’s Supper or communion ‘remotely’. We have even asked parents to bake bread and press grape juice with their children in preparation of this celebration. Given these...

  • Good Friday 10th April 2020

    On any other Good Friday, the churches in Wallingford would gather together in the Market Square as an act of witness. Yet today, due to the coronavirus, we are meeting online at 11.00 am and trusting that others will join us. But why bother? It is because we perceive the...

  • Where is God? Wed 8th April

    I am going to do something I haven’t done before and may never do again. That is, recommend a book from somewhere other than The Fountain. However, desperate times call for desperate measures! On Monday, John Lennox (Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University) published, ‘Where is God in a Coronavirus...

  • Mon 30th March Seated with Christ

    One evening last week I rang a friend from the church. On answering he said, “I am really sorry, but am in Life Group”. After asking “how many are there”, I was told “around ten of us”. I was fascinated how, after only ten days of social distancing my friends...

  • Sun 15th March. Trust!

    I was reminded this week of these words from Psalm 20. In verse 7, David writes: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. David is writing three thousand years ago, in an age where national boundaries were even...

  • Don’t Panic Sun 1st March

    It appears that politicians, health officials and the general public are increasingly worried about the spread of the coronavirus. And rightly so. Yet, as believers we should not be surprised by the advent of such new ‘super-bugs, nor should we panicked. At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus sat...

  • For all Eternity Sun 23rd Feb 20

    Many years ago, David, the shepherd-king, wrote a wonderful psalm. Sometime later, someone bound David’s songs, along with a number of others and numbered it 103! For obvious reasons, I have spent time reading through it over recent weeks. David starts by praising God with his whole heart. He then...

  • Service of Thanksgiving

    I am pleased to let you know that we can now confirm a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Bernard Thompson (following a private family burial) will take place at 1:00 pm on Monday 17th February, at the Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES.  The service will be followed...

  • Faithful Love. Sun 9th Feb 2020

    I have just started to read again, one of the most wonderful biographies in the whole of Scripture. The story of Joseph. Having been introduced to a privileged and in many ways, arrogant young man, I am just about to ‘fasten my seat-belt’ as I follow his ‘roller-coaster’ of a...

  • Honest to God/ Sun 2nd Feb 2020

    For generations, believers have found hope and comfort in the Psalms. As they have struggled with grief, wrestled with uncertainty or even feared for their futures, they have turned to the songbook of the Bible. Within these pages they have read as others have bared their souls before God. Being...

  • Secure w/c Sun 1st December

    I wanted to share again the text, with which we started our worship last Sunday. In his first letter, the Apostle Peter wrote: ‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus...

  • Over All, Sunday 24th November 19

    Given the fact that we are in the midst of a General Election campaign, Brexit chaos and environmental uncertainty, I was thrilled when someone read Psalm 46 at Friday morning’s prayer meeting. The musical notes, stated just before the Psalm, tell us that it is written for soprano voices. Although...

  • A letter from Ted. Sun 17th November 2019

    The following was given to me by Ted Ripley a week ago last Thursday. Just five days before God called his faithful servant home. Ted’s words speak volumes about his heart and faith. As you read, I encourage you to rejoice in the hope that we like Ted may share...

  • Sun 6th Oct 19 Sunday Prep!

      One of the greatest privileges I have in life is the opportunity to prepare messages. Although I enjoy preaching, I always feel that there is a really special process of coming before God, seeking his heart and searching the scriptures beforehand. I really love preparation…………..most of the time! I...

  • Sun 28th Baptism!

    Anyone who knows me, knows I love baptisms. Although it is encouraging to have had so many this year, it would still be great to have many more. Why? Because someone being baptised is so much more than a public soaking. Baptism is an act of obedience that echoes in...

  • A stunning prayer Sun 15th Sept 19

    I recently stumbled across and incredible prayer on You Tube. Although I am familiar with it, as well as the story behind it, it again thrilled my spirit. I am therefore sharing it for your encouragement. S. M. Lockridge (1913- 2000) was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, a prominent...

  • Apostolic Prayer Sun 26th May 19

    I have recently been moved by reading the prayers of the Apostle Paul which are found in so many of his letters. For example, when Paul communicates to the church in Ephesus he writes these staggering words; Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus...

  • Understanding & Experience Sun 26th May 19

    I have had the immense privilege this week of both teaching and being taught as part of the NGI (Next Generation Impartation) Central Week that we have hosted at Wallingford. In doing so I have spent time with young people who are fresh to ministry along with seasoned pastors and...