Self Denial! Sun 5th March 17

Starting this week, Christians from different traditions will begin their observance of Lent. Although the Apostle Paul instructs the Colossians “not to let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbath.” (Col 2:16-17), I am aware...

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The opposite of Poverty Sun 26th Feb 17

I arrived home yesterday evening from the annual Life in the Spirit conference. As ever, I found myself both challenged and encouraged. There is however one phrase which seems to have lodged itself in my mind. My close friend Sam Ward, Director of the Eden Network said that ‘the opposite...

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Blood, Guts and Thunder! Sun 19th February 17

Whenever I read the books of Moses, I am again surprised by the frequent mentions of blood, guts and thunder. How then should we deal with such horror in an age where some simply focus on the love, mercy and kindness of our Heavenly Father? Should we be embarrassed and...

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Life is a roller-coaster Sun 12th Feb

Earlier this week, I was again reading the life of Joseph from the book of Genesis. Despite having read the passage on dozens of occasions, the story again gripped me. Having been born with a proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, Joseph was sold into slavery, prospered as head of...

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Forever! Sun 5th Feb 17

Last Friday I had the responsibility of leading and speaking at my father’s funeral. Although, as you can imagine, it was a difficult time, it was also an incredible privilege, to both honour my father and the God he served. Immediately before the committal, we read Psalm 103. In the...

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The Lord of the Harvest Sun 15th Jan

I am thrilled that this Sunday morning we will be celebrating the expansion of our CAP Debt Centre in order to serve Didcot and its surrounding areas.  Only two years ago, we gathered with St. Mary’s, Cholsey and Wallingford Baptist at the Regal Centre in order to launch this ministry....

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Look up! Sun 8th Jan 17

I am sure that for millennia, those with faith and those with none start each New Year with a renewed sense of hope. They hope that their struggles can be consigned to history and that the New Year will bring with it new opportunities. Yet as we all know, things...

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Unfolding Advent Sun 11th Dec

Last Thursday morning, all across the country, the countdown to Christmas officially began. Excited children (and many more chocolate loving adults) had the delight of opening of the first door of the advent calendar. For many of us this simple act triggered something of a panic. The realisation dawned that...

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Blooming Deserts! Sun 4th Dec 16

I have just watched the latest instalment of the brilliant BBC series, Planet Earth. Having already seen Mountains, Islands and Jungles, Part 4 reveals to us the secrets of the world’s Deserts. After the most amazing photographic sequences, David Attenborough says that ‘the worlds deserts are getting bigger, hotter and...

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Certainty! Sun 20th Nov 16

I am sure that you don’t need me to tell you that we are living in ever changing and increasingly uncertain times. Political reporters remain undecided about the ramifications of a Trump Presidency and how Brexit will work through in reality. Economists fill the airwaves with gloomy predictions and social...

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