Alex’s Energy Saving Tips

These are tiny drops in the ocean.  But seeing TV pictures of the flooding in Queensland the other night, and the warnings of yet more flooding here in the UK, makes me feel we all need to pull together to counter the madness of growth-addicted, consumer culture.  It’s all feeling rather apocalyptic, and I’d hopedContinue reading “Alex’s Energy Saving Tips”

Out with the old, in with the new

This past week I had to say goodbye to two faithful old companions. The first was my fault.  At Easter, I took my lovely 6-string guitar out into the driving rain to play at an early morning outdoor service.  It’s never been the same since, and in particular, won’t keep tune.  So, after 25 yearsContinue reading “Out with the old, in with the new”

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”

Cycling is the future

Three cheers for Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome! The media here is talking about the greatest sporting achievement ever – an over-statement, surely, but the performance of these three outstanding British cyclists in the Tour de France cheers the hearts of ordinary British cyclists like me.   Maybe if I were 20 yearsContinue reading “Cycling is the future”

Plaster Saint

At the end of June, I spent a lovely week on retreat at Sheldon.   As usual, it was great to be on my own with no one else’s schedule or demands to worry about.  I could eat when I was hungry and sleep when I was tired (which was most of the first dayContinue reading “Plaster Saint”

5 reasons not to cut the grass

It’s a rare sunny day, here in sunny Sussex.  And I could take the afternoon off and cut the grass.  It is rather long, as one of our weekend guests was kind enough to point out to me. On the other hand, here are five good reasons to leave it – and the animals whoContinue reading “5 reasons not to cut the grass”


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”

Connecting through disconnecting

On Saturday, Mrs Mabbsonsea and I took our daughter and her friends ten-pin bowling.  Three things made me sad (apart from Mrs M getting a higher score than me): –       There was a DJ and the music was so loud that you had to shout. –       The girls were on their mobile phones all theContinue reading “Connecting through disconnecting”