• Tues 16th Nov/ Clean feet

    The scene was set for the traditional Passover meal. By the time Jesus arrived with the Twelve, the fragrance of cooked lamb no doubt filled the air. The table was set, and I suspect the wine decantated. There was however a problem with proceeding. There was no servant to wash...

  • Overflow Thursday 11th Nov

    Many of you will know, how deeply I appreciate the rich theology of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. There are some of course who avoid Romans and it is possible that it was this book that Peter had in mind, when he commented that “Some things in his...

  • A new approach

    Around twelve years ago I completed a study of Paul’s mentorship of Timothy. I was aware that in recent years there had been a resurgence of interest in mentorship. The origins of mentorship are found within Greek mythology. The concept is derived from the departure of Odysseus for the Trojan...

  • New Seasons 1st Sep 21

    I don’t want to me a harbinger of doom, but I sense that Autumn is in the air. Over the last couple of days, I have noticed the temperature drop early morning and seen Tracey grab a blanket in an evening. As surely as night follows day, the seasons rotate...

  • Mon 5th July Don’t trust in Chariots!

    Having glanced the headlines in the morning’s press, it seems that the Prime Minister will this evening announce news regarding the details and date of Step 4. Of course, we are all interested in the implications and I am certainly trusting that we are given the ‘green-light’ to gather again...

  • Update and Encouragement Sun 13th May

    I will never forget walking over Wallingford Bridge on the 22nd March last year. As I made my way to the Ridgeway Centre, I felt incredibly emotional. I realised that this would be the first Sunday, possibly for centuries when God’s people hadn’t gathered in the town to worship him...

  • Thursday 13th May: Ascension Day

    You may not know, but today, believers from all corners of the planet are celebrating Ascension Day. Today, we give thanks to God, that forty days after his resurrection, Jesus returned to Heaven. We all know why we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. We wouldn’t forget to thank...

  • Wed 28th April: Divine vision takes divine strategy

    I am always thrilled when familiar verses impact me in new ways. Those following the Bible in One Year, will have heard this passage, earlier in the week. When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword...

  • Thurs 18th March, 21. An encouragement!

    I am wanting to take this opportunity to give thanks to God. This week we had a very belated Annual General Meeting. Given we have two congregations, in distinct contexts and with different challenges, we held the meeting over two nights. For some it may sound like I am a...

  • Friday 12th March God Knows!

    I am not sure if you saw the news item on last night’s TV, or have stumbled across it online. However, a US artist who produces work under the name of Beeple, has just had a piece sold for an incredible $69.4M. Now, I am seldom shocked by what happens...

  • Friday 12th February 21 Gentle and Lowly

    Over the last few days, I have started to read a wonderful book about the nature of Jesus. That’s right, the book is not about what Jesus did or even what we can receive from him. It is a book that focuses solely upon his nature and his character. Drawing...

  • Wednesday 27th Jan 21 Stand tall and look up

    You will have no doubt seen the appalling statistic that yesterday the UK past 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. Less well publicised is the fact that today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day we remember those who were killed in the Second Word War, six million of which were...

  • Mon 18th January Divine Intervention

    am often struck by the difference between my prayers and those I read in the New Testament letters. Whereas mine can be selfish, apostolic prayers tend to be selfless. Whereas mine often focus on the temporal, apostolic prayers invariably focus on the eternal. One of the loveliest examples is found...

  • Wednesday 13th Jan Meeting Together

    After much prayer and consideration, it has been decided to close the Ridgeway Centre in Wallingford for corporate worship for the time being. This decision has not been taken lightly, but after prayer and discussion and will be kept under constant review. On a practical front, we believe that we...

  • Wednesday 6th January….Hope!

    On Monday evening, Tracey and I sat watching the Prime Minister’s Press Conference when he announced a third national lockdown. As he spoke, I felt a real sense of hope in my Spirit. Now this is not a compliment, nor a criticism of the P.M., just a fact. But none...

  • Happy New Year!

    I have just had a quick glance at the morning papers. As expected, an array of journalists, commentators and politicians are making their predictions. When will the pandemic be behind us? What will the reality be for the UK outside of Europe? Will the US’s transition to a new President...

  • Wed 23rd Dec 2020 Trust in Him

    I woke in the early hours of this morning with a wonderful verse in my mind. In Psalm 20:7, David writes “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”I trust that this has been your testimony in 2020 and will...

  • Friday 3rd May – Vaccines!

    I am sure that we are all truly thankful for the breaking news that the first Covid-19 vaccine will be rolled out, as early as next week. We should rightfully thank God for the brilliance and commitment of scientists and medical practitioners alike. However, given that this coronavirus was never...

  • Tuesday 24th Nov Dig down deep!

      Here is a brief encouragement that comes from Paul’s letter to his friends at the church in Colossae. Paul writes; And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be...

  • Friday 6th Nov Honest and Open

    For those who didn’t hear Worship @ 1.00 on Thursday, I just wanted to repeat a few thoughts. Having fled Jerusalem, due to the rebellion of his son Absolom, King David wrote a most poignant song. We know it as Psalm 3. David writes: O Lord, I have so many enemies;...

  • Fri 16th Oct 2020

    We know that we are living through unparalleled times. However, for the Christian they should not be unexpected. The Bible teaches us that before the return of Jesus, there will be plagues and pestilence along with war and persecution. Therefore, although I believe we should watch the news with interest,...

  • Tuesday 22nd September: Some Certainty!

    Last night, Tracey and I watched the 10.00 O’clock news and listened as one reporter after another spoke about the uncertainty we face in the weeks, months and years to come. We listened as politicians, medical advisors and business people debated the merits of another lockdown to combat the pandemic....

  • Wednesday 16th September. God meant it for Good!

    Presently, I have the privilege of sharing a series of talks on the life of Joseph, with Grace Gospel Church in Bangalore. This fast-moving story takes us through many twists and turns.  Starting from Joseph’s position of privilege, we are able to observe a plethora of experiences and emotions. These include,...

  • Friday 11th Sept 4 Practical Pointers

    I am delighted that so many people have been blessed by following our Bible Reading Plan for September. I am really hopeful that by the end of it, there will be many testimonies of what God has been saying, to us as individuals and as a church. I am fully...

  • Wednesday 2nd September. Of real value!

    This morning I looked at the Ridgeway Bible Reading Plan and then ‘dived’ into Mark Chapter 2. The pace, as is often the case in Mark, was fairly relentless. I read of a healing, a call to follow and then two short discussions which followed immediately after. So what struck...