• 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...

  • Thur 27th Aug Mind-blowing!

    Now here’s something that should enrich your mind and stir your heart. When writing to his friends in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul states; ‘And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a...

  • Thu 13th Aug: Rhythms of Grace

    Yesterday morning, I woke early and decided to squeeze in an hour’s bike ride before breakfast. By the time I got to the end of the street, I knew I had a problem. Rather than changing gear, quickly and efficiently, the rear derailleur sounded like a car-crash. Now, although I...

  • Thursday 6th August Good News!

    While away I spent time catching up on a couple of books and read through the Gospel of Matthew. Whenever I read the Gospels, I do so with a sense of wonder. I find myself thrilled by Jesus’ actions and amazed by his teaching. This week however I decided to...

  • Wed 29th July Gloriously Uncomplicated

    A couple of hours ago, a friend shared over lunch her confusion concerning the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines. Our friend was not being critical, but like most of us, was simply struggling to keep up.  Not a day goes past without some restriction being lifted and others imposed. Every news briefing appears...

  • Sun 17th July 2020 Something to Consider!

    I am aware that for many, lock-down is becoming increasingly frustrating. For others, the increased workload is leading to exhaustion. Then, for others still, new Government guidelines and talk of a ‘second wave’ are generating fear. However, as believers in Jesus, I think it is vital that we ‘step back’...

  • Friday 3rd June Govt Guidelines and Righteousness

    Over the last few days, I have been trawling through Government guidelines concerning the gathering for corporate worship. As you can imagine, it’s not a particularly riveting read and does in many ways, raise as many questions as it answers. However, by reading the guidelines it has encouraged me to...

  • Wed 17th June All the Scriptures

    I have recently been spending significant time in the Gospels. As I have sat in my study, in the morning, I have found myself making the same sound effects as I might make when watching a thriller or an exciting game of football. I have oohed and arghed as I...

  • Friday 12th June Amazing Grace

    I have absolutely no intention on commenting upon the recent debate about protester’s demands to pull down the statues of prominent historical figures. Indeed, as someone who has never received abuse or been denied opportunity because of my race or the colour of my skin, I would rather leave the...

  • Monday 8th June ‘All equal here’

    As I watched the news last night, I felt deeply saddened. What had started as a peaceful protest about the scandal of racism, has resulted in even more violence and hatred. That is, a reflection of the very thing being opposed. The reason is of course is simple. Those that...

  • Fri 29th May One of those difficult days!

    Yesterday I had one of those difficult days. Whatever I tried didn’t exactly go wrong, it just didn’t go right. Or at least not easily. At around 5.30, I decided to write it off and go for a run. However, as soon as I set off, I knew even that...

  • 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...