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I lead Stour Valley Vineyard Church, along with my wife, Emma.
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The Mediterranean is turning into a graveyard. It is distressing to see such a high loss of human life in these recent weeks. The UN says that 23,500 migrants have already sailed to Italy this year looking for a new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at iGod
What does it means to follow Jesus and walk towards the cross with him? As our church, as well as many others across the world, prepares to remember and celebrate the last three days - Easter weekend - I am... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at iGod
As much as I have tried it has been impossible to avoid the saga of embattled Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Now we have a conclusion. You may remember it all started with a fracas between him and a BBC... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at iGod
A while ago we took one of our daughters and a friend to Go Ape in Thetford Forest. This is an experience that involves walking around in the treetops with the use of some wires and ropes. After a brief... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at iGod
When someone asked me recently if I walked very much, I almost had to reach for my iPhone to see if there was an app for that. We can get so used to travelling around the place by car that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at iGod
Recently, I had a phone call from BBC Radio Suffolk with a request to join their morning ‘phone-in’. They wanted to know what I thought about a beach hut in Southwold going on the market for £100,000. Being the church... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at iGod
On the evening of 1st February, 1924, the New York Syphony Orchestra played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Carnegie Hall in New York. The performance was broadcast live on the radio. A couple of days later, the orchestra received a letter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at iGod
After taking a break from writing it’s humbling to know it was missed. Thank you. Talking of being back, how about this? “God is back”, declared a national newspaper recently. Wow! Really? Commentators have remarked, almost gushingly, that Pope Francis... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at iGod
How do you start a New Year? Beyond the alcohol detox and rash gym membership purchase, how are you planning to approach 2014? In fact, do you even have a plan? The king’s advice to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at iGod
Being responsible for Storehouse, the foodbank in South Suffolk, I was recently contacted by a national newspaper. They were running a piece on how London is economically divided from the rest of the country. During the interview I sensed that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at iGod
Today America and the world remembers the death of President John F.Kennedy who died 50 years ago on this day. What will, perhaps, not be so well remembered is the death of CS Lewis who died just 12 minutes before.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at iGod
This week I was interviewed by the Guardian's economics lead writer, Aditya Chakrabortty for a feature on the divide between booming London and a struggling rest of the country. Sudbury, Suffolk, where I live, was used as a place of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at iGod
It is not too often I feel sorry for MPs, but my heart did go out to Labour backbencher Rachel Reeves who was humiliated by Newsnight’s editor. Ian Katz accidentally told his 26,000-odd Twitter followers how he thought the female... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at iGod
In the sultry Summer heat of 1979 I turned on my Saisho radio-cassette player and heard the unmistakable warbling tones of Fergal Sharkey singing Here comes Summer. It cut through the airwaves like a hot wire through butter. These last... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at iGod
Tom Waits, the American singer wrote: “Like all great things in the world, women and religion and the sky…you wonder about it, and you don’t stop wondering about it.” I think I have a curious mind, but it wasn’t always... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2013 at iGod
The American scholar and writer Dallas Willard died yesterday aged 77. He had been struggling with pancreatic cancer, which was first diagnosed in the late summer of 2012. He wrote much about spiritual transformation and had a wonderful way with... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at iGod
Be honest, do you like what you see in the mirror? There’s no escaping it, in our culture looks matters. Ask any actor, musician, politician, or man in the street. Our overall confidence and emotional well-being is tied up with... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at iGod
This weekend our worship teams meet at Belsey Bridge, on the Suffolk Norfolk border, hosted by our wonderful Area Worship Co-ordinator Chris Perkins. We are also delighted to have Marc James as our guest. Please join with us to pray... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at iGod
At a recent leaders’ breakfast time I was asked by a younger dad what wisdom I would pass on to him, being a parent. I munched over another mouthful of muesli before eventually uttering what was once passing on to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at iGod
Dear All, So we arrive at Sunday after the darkest day and find the tomb empty. Our response can only be: Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! As Watchmen Nee so aptly said, "As our old history ends with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2013 at iGod
Recently I had a meeting planned over in Oxford, but having heard the weather forecast for snow that weekend I wondered momentarily if I should go. I kept hearing phrases like ‘adverse weather conditions’, ‘severe weather warnings’ and ‘don’t travel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at iGod
We are pleased to announce the landmark provision of an innovative, independent, worldwide, theological training initiative. Following an extensive period of consultation and planning, Vineyard Institute will launch on September 1st 2013. Vineyard Institute will be a multinational, multicultural and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at iGod
We have our first ever East Anglia Area Celebration this weekend at King Edward VI School (Spring Lane entrance, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3AU). Hope you can come. It is a great opportunity to meet with other churches and see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at iGod
Need some inspiration? A few book suggestions to take you through the 40-day period leading up to Easter, should you find them useful. (All linked to Amazon.) Giving it Up ( Highly recommended) Daily Bible readings from Ash Wednesday to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at iGod
Come and connect with other Vineyard churches in the East Anglia Area for a special evening of worship, teaching and ministry. Being our first ever East Anglia Area Celebration, we are thrilled to have Dave Workman, senior pastor of Vineyard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at iGod