Sermons

The Pattern of the Good Shepherd

The Bishop of Oxford’s charge to those about to be ordained priest

Pentecost

Here is a vital part of the Christian story, unknown now outside the Church and often neglected within it. The world preserves a memory of Jesus birth. The world preserves a memory of Jesus as a healer and teacher. The world remembers, when…

A Compassionate Church: Colossians

“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God”(3.1). (The following Bible study was recorded at the Living Waters clergy conference. View it here on YouTube) In…

A Courageous Church: Colossians 1.24-2.15

“I, Paul, became a servant, a minister, a deacon of this gospel. I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church”. (The…

A Contemplative Church: Colossians 1.1-23 

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother.  To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. Welcome to this series of Bible readings on…

The River of Life: Ezekiel 47.1-12

Bishop Steven's Opening Address to the Living Waters Clergy Conference “Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple towards the east…” (The following address…

Resurrection

This sermon was delivered by Bishop Steven at the Choral Eucharist on Easter Day (1st April) at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.  Happy Easter. The Lord is risen. Today is the 1st April and it seems a very good day to announce my plans…

Joy to the World 

A very happy Christmas. One of the best carol services I took part in last week was in prison. There were about 100 prisoners and staff and volunteers gathered for the service. The very ordinary dining room was turned into a chapel. The music…

The Great Identity Crisis

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15.13) Jesus words from John 15 have a special resonance this evening: Remembrance Sunday. They are inscribed on many a war memorial or chapel built…