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Psalm 30: I will praise you for ever

David wrote Psalm 30 for the dedication of the Temple, praising God for helping and healing him when David called for help. He calls on the people to praise God, for his anger is only temporary. more →

23/08/2012 Bible


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‘I became a man’

When I was at primary school in East Hull, our deputy head-teacher – Mr Jones – had a sign on the wall of his classroom, which said, ‘School days are the happiest days of your life.’ more →

29/12/2014 1 Corinthians 13.1-13


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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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25/06/2015RT @lambethpalace: Read @JustinWelby on Jesus, generosity and why capitalism needs to include everyone:…

22/06/2015And the DCCs begin again this week: Mappleborough tonight and Studley tomorrow. Please pray for good (and succinct!) discussions.

20/06/2015Please #pray for Adrian and Sarah, who are getting married at 1pm this afternoon in Mappleborough Green.

03/06/2015School assemblies / collective worship this morning: thinking about Proverbs. And teaching a song guaranteed to get children over-excited.

01/06/2015It was great to see lots of people at the joint service at Mappleborough yesterday - if you weren't there, make sure you come next time!

20/05/2015Learning all about clergy personal safety today.

19/05/2015How much Karl Barth can one curate get into one sermon on Trinity Sunday?

12/05/2015RT @m_maclennan: Was Nigel Farage just trolling us all along? #FarageUnresigns

11/05/2015Putting the services rota in my diary and hit August... ahhh nothing for the first three weeks except honeymooning!

10/05/2015Lots on today - please #pray for our services of communion, morning worship, Centre+Point and baptism, then evensong this afternoon.



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