Acts 2 v. 38: Turn Back!

‘Turn back!_

When they heard this, the people in the crowd were cut to the heart.

‘Brothers,’ they said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘what shall we do?’

‘Turn back!’ replied Peter. ‘Be baptised – every single one of you – in the name of Jesus the Messiah, so that your sins can be forgiven, and you will receive the gift of the holy spirit. The promise is for you and for your children, and for everyone who is far away, as many as the Lord our God will call.’

Acts 2:37-29, New Testament for Everyone

The sermon at yesterday’s Royal Wedding

This is a great article about Bishop Michael Curry‘s sermon at yesterday’s Royal wedding. Carey Nieuwhof asks, When did you last hear a sermon talked about like that? And then he gives five reasons why people connected with it.  Here’s the really helpful article.

Here’s a video of the fifteen minute sermon.

You can read the text of the sermon here.

Here’s a five minute video from afterwards where Bishop Michael Curry and the Archbishop of Canterbury talk about the sermon and the wedding celebration.  ‘This was raw God’.


Explore tomorrow: Kay and Jessica will be visiting

Tomorrow at Explore, Kay and Jessica will be with us!  Kay and Jessica have been living and working in Kenya for the last seven months, and are joining us in a brief visit to the UK.  They’ll fill us in on what they have been doing, and we’ll pray, worship and share Communion together, followed by a Bring and Share Lunch!  Come and say Hello!  Steve will be leading Communion for the first time since his operation.  11.15am Ottery St Mary Parish Church.


Danny Silk: Wedding vows were ‘I will’


Traditional marriage vows express the nature of this choice beautifully. The two people standing at the altar do not say, “You will. You will love me and cherish me in sickness and in health, till death do us part.” And they don’t say, “I will love you as long as you love me. I will be faithful to you as long as you are faithful to me.” Their vows are all about what they are going to do. “I will love you. I will protect you. I will serve you. I will be faithful to you, no matter what.

Danny Silk in his book Keep Your Love On.

Jeremy Vine: How I lost my faith and found it again

BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine talks to Premier Christianity magazine about faith, doubt and Strictly Come Dancing:

I meet Jeremy Vine in the very studio where he presents his Radio 2 programme.  Vine can’t do enough to make me and the photographer feel at ease, posing for photos even while the show is still on-air with music playing out.

He’s just finished a programme segment called ‘What makes us human?’.  As someone who has taken more than 25,000 calls from his listeners (more than 7 million tune in on a weekly basis) the stories and quirks that make us human are also a source of endless fascination for the radio host.

Vine’s BBC TV career began as a political reporter in Britain, later becoming their Africa correspondent in the 1990s. He went on to become a familiar face on Newsnight, Panorama, Crimewatch and the BBC’s election coverage. Latterly his onscreen appearances have branched out to entertainment as well, hosting the quiz show Eggheads for many years, and lasting until week eight on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 (one of his personal career highlights).

The transition from hardnosed Jeremy Paxman-like political interrogator to national broadcasting treasure owes much to The Jeremy Vine Show he has hosted every weekday since 2003. Vine says that radio is about “a conversation”. It allowed him the space to connect at a personal level and was a key factor in his transformation into the cheerful, down-to earth personality he is known as today.

“If I go on air and say: “I think Jesus Christ is alive today”, it’ll just wind up all the atheists”

Many of Vine’s fans might be unaware they’re listening to a Christian. The presenter says that he keeps his faith ‘off-air’ and rarely grants interviews about it. Continue reading “Jeremy Vine: How I lost my faith and found it again”

Perfect in all of Your ways

I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone

You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Continue reading “Perfect in all of Your ways”