Talks and Sermons

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…
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Speech on Sustainable Development Goals

My Lords, May I from these benches warmly welcome the Sustainable Development Goals and the government’s commitment to them. Like others I was initially somewhat sceptical about a document which contains 17 goals and 169 targets.  These…
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The Living Word

Launch of the Crossroads Mission Welcome to the Archbishop, to all of our visiting bishops and their teams on behalf of the whole Diocese of Sheffield. We are delighted you are here.  We look forward so much to working with you and to…

Nine Lessons for a Mixed Economy Church

In early June, 2015 I was invited to give an address to the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag in Stuttgart.  The address was part of a workshop stream exploring Fresh Expressions of Church.  There is a growing interest in the German Church…

Seek the welfare of the city…

“Seek the welfare of the city…” 18th July 2015 “Is not this the carpenter? Mark 6.2 Two weeks ago a heart of steel was unveiled in the centre of Rotherham, outside the Minster.  The new heart is the first deposit of a major new…

General Synod Debate : Climate Change

Combatting Climate Change: the Paris Summit and the Mission of the Church I am very grateful for this debate, for the work done by the Environmental Working Group and the lead given by Her Majesty’s Government that we heard about earlier.…

Courage in Ministry

The Bishop's charge to those about to be ordained deacon and priest 3rd July, 2015 Every year those to be ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese share in a retreat together immediately before the ordinations.  As part of the retreat,…