Talks and Sermons

The Burning Bush

Exploring the themes of vocation and ministry and leadership through the story of the call of Moses as told in Exodus 3 and 4.

On Fragmentation

A Presidential Address to the Diocesan Synod “They have treated the wound of my people carelessly” says the prophet Jeremiah of the leaders of his day. “They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying “Peace, peace”…
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Sing to the LORD a new song

Welcome Eucharists Psalm 96; Matthew 5.1-10 Thank you so much for your welcome.  It is very good to be here. I’m deeply thankful for the Church in these three counties.  I have experienced good things over many years. I am enjoying…

Listening to Jethro

A Presentation to the College of Bishops 13th September, 2016. The College of Bishops is the gathering of all the bishops of the Church of England.  We met last week for two days with the Scottish, Welsh and Irish bishops.  Each church…
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Gentleness

Easter Day sermon from the Bishop of Sheffield. Acts 10.34-43 and John 20.1-18 One of the great figures of the Quaker movement, Isaac Pennington, wrote these words in a letter to his friends in 1667.  He is trying to describe what it…
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The Vision Keepers

A sermon at the Chrism Eucharist Yesterday I was in St Peter’s Tankersley, one of the oldest churches in the Diocese. My reason for being there was to dedicate new building works.  There is a new heating system, a new kitchen and space…

The Seven Acts of Mercy

The Seven acts of Mercy Presidential Address to the Diocesan Synod 27th February, 2016 “Blessed are the merciful” Matthew 5.7 Long ago, the church in England loved the number seven.  In 1281, the Archbishop of Canterbury called…
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Commissioning Service for Mothers' Union President 2016

This morning I commissioned the new President of the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Sheffield, Pauline Reynolds (on my left in this photo with the rest of her team). This is the sermon I preached at the service. I focussed on the second…

To equip the saints for the work of ministry

“The gifts [Christ] gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ….” Ephesians 4.11 Whenever I stand…