Desert Island Discs

One of my favourite indulgences at the moment is a podcast of the very long-running BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs. The concept is a simple one: Each week a distinguished guest (“castaway“) is asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be […]

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Come People of the Risen King

This Sunday we kick off a short series looking at some of the 39 Articles. It’s the first Sunday after Easter so we’ll start with this one… Article IV Of the Resurrection of Christ Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the […]

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Good Friday Music

We had a great Good Friday service at St Augustine’s this morning. I’ll get the audio of my talks up a little later, but for now here’s the music that we had – at least here’s some perfect versions performed fabulously. and during communion, this:

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The Oboe

For a long time the oboe has been, without any doubt, my favourite orchestral instrument. Best used to float a piercing melody over the top of strings or other instruments. Here's some great examples. La Calinda, Delius “Miss Marple”, Ken Howard Serenade for Winds; K361 3rd Movement, Mozart The Duck from “Peter and the Wolf”, […]

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Page CXIV - Be Still My Soul

Page CXIV (follow the link for an explanation of that seemingly bizarre name) are a great little band producing albums of the old classic hymns in order to encourage a new generation to appropriate them anew. Their first two albums, Hymns I and Hymns II, are quite excellent and they're getting ready to launch a third. […]

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Getting the Gospel Right - Defining the Crisis

It strikes me that the main problem in Christian churches today, where they have gone astray, is that they have failed to both understand and proclaim what the real crisis is. So, what is the real crisis in the Scriptures? It is not so much that man is “lonely” or just that his relationship with […]

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