Elijah’s Christmas

This is golden oldie, written in 1997.  The bible background is 1 Kings 19.1-18. Elijah’s Christmas The prophet Elijah was sitting in his cave, feeling sorry for himself.  An angel appeared to him and said, ‘Cheer up.  God loves you.’ Elijah said to the angel, ‘That’s easy enough for you to say.  You don’t haveContinue reading “Elijah’s Christmas”

Santa the Wise Man

This was a skit I performed (with the Big Man himself, of course) at our Christmas Eve fancy-dress crib service in 2010 (and repeated at our monthly cafe service, The Junction, last Sunday evening).  I thought it might be appropriate to post it on St Nicholas’ Day today.   Conversation between Father Christmas & AlexContinue reading “Santa the Wise Man”

The light shines in the darkness

“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”   (St John 1.5 (New International Version)) I’m not sure if this should be a Christmas or an Advent sonnet.  You decide! The earth was dark, and dark misunderstood the fragile point of light that pricked its veil. These wise men, strongContinue reading “The light shines in the darkness”


I was preaching about Jubilee on Sunday, using Leviticus 25 as a basis.  In the return of the land, the release of bonded labourers and the cancellation of debts every 50 years, there is essentially no buying or selling of capital in God’s economy.   All capital resources and all people belong to God, andContinue reading “Capitalwasm”

Saving the world is a spiritual matter

It’s feels hard to convince Christians that ecology is important.  Perhaps it’s a sign of how solidly most of us western Christians have bought into our consumerist culture.  Maybe it’s just that ecology comes some way down the list of priorities for the church.  It’s hard to compete for priority against shiny new (or renewed)Continue reading “Saving the world is a spiritual matter”