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God’s plans and your heart’s desire

God’s plan for you is this: (1) he is with you always, (2) delight in him and you will be satisfied, (3) be fruitful. more →

05/02/2017 Mark 8.31-38

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Thank you

It took me a long time to find the right writing desk, and it finally arrived at the weekend - so thank you! more →

18/08/2016 Life

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In the summer of 2013 I left my IT job (writing web software) and moved house to start a training post to be a vicar. Rather than go straight from one to the other, I decided to go via Western USA and Canada, in a convertible Ford Mustang.

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I’ve had a website since the late 1990s, and it has changed rather dramatically over the years.  This section contains some of my favourite bits of my old sites, and some of the most viewed.  (At least, it will when it is finished!)

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I was born in Oxford while my father was doing his vicar training at Wycliffe Hall – where I also did my own vicar training, twenty-three years later!  As I grew up in a Christian family, God has always been quite naturally at the centre of my life. 

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16/02/2017RT @LivingOutOrg: Why changing the church’s theology on sexuality won’t result in growth - Premier Christianity https://t.co/NHdW9RmmWn

16/02/2017Verifying myself: I am bcg on Keybase.io. 4Nf2VawHyYxSQ9_jUdPfsndHe3LIM3hL_vOn / https://t.co/1nDWoODvBW

15/02/2017RT @LeeGatiss: Great speech from @SamAllberry @synod. Thanks for your faithfulness and clarity, brother. https://t.co/xsy1AfsBwK

15/02/2017Job 14.7: for there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.

15/02/2017RT @JustinWelby: Praying for #Synod today, for grace, generosity and wisdom in debating painful and complex matters.

12/02/2017RT @_healthychurch: Yday with gr8 team from Ammington PCC, @revbcg and Archd. of Aston speaking on the critical part health of a church pla…

09/12/2016RT @moltmannjuergen: The reduction of faith to practice has not enriched faith; it has impoverished it. It has let practice itself become a…

05/12/2016Congratulations Dale and Heidi who were married at St Editha's today! https://t.co/cmYOSGrOVF

01/12/2016Church of England Christmas services near YOU https://t.co/dytkwWDeeM #JoyToTheWorld

 

Quotations

The following extract is from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, concerning the Babel Fish:

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God. The argument goes something like this:

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. Q.E.D."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn’t thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.

Most leading theologians claim that this argument isn’t worth a pair of fetid dingo’s kidneys, but that didn’t stop Oolon Colluphid from making a fortune when he used it as the central argument in his book Well That About Wraps It Up For God.

Babel Fish