Talks

Invitations

I am happy to accept to invitations to preach, or to speak at events and seminars, to lead quiet days, bible studies and retreats. This website gives an idea of the subjects that I usually address, but I am also happy to respond to the challenge of taking on something new.

I have collected together some of my talks and sermons in an occasional series of booklets, which can be accessed on the Books page. There are four booklets so far; the latest addition to the series, Deep Calls to Deep, is based on some of the talks that I gave between 2001 and 2011, the third decade of my ministry.

 

Through the Year

A small selection of sermons and addresses following the seasons of the Church’s Year, not included in the booklets series (see above). I add to these from time to time.

ADVENT
All My Hope – Four meditations for Advent inspired by Robert Bridges’ hymn, All my hope on God is founded. Read now.

CHRISTMAS & EPIPHANY
A Son is Given – a reflection for Christmas. Read now.
There came Magi from the East – William Dalrymple in his book In Zanadu gives some interesting information about the Magi, which I reflect on in my sermon for the Epiphany. Read now.

EPIPHANY TO LENT
Fishers of Men
– a sermon for Epiphany 3. Jesus called twelve disciples to be with him: What does it mean to be with Jesus in the world of Isis, Brexit and Trump? Read now.

LENT
Return to Me – a sermon for Ash Wednesday inspired by the experience of the Sinai desert. Read now.
The Two Sons – a reflection on the parable of the Prodigal Son for the fourth Sunday of Lent. Read now.

EASTER
The Well of Salvation – a sermon for Easter Day. Read Now.

ASCENSION, PENTECOST, TRINITY
The Giver of Life a meditation for Pentecost. Read now.
The Sea Is All About Us – a meditation for Trinity Sunday. Its inspiration is largely drawn from T S Eliot’s poem The Dry Salvages, and is part of the collection published in A Word in Season (see Books). Read now.

AFTER TRINITY
The Dishonest Steward – a sermon on one of Jesus’ most puzzling sayings (Luke 16.1–13). Read now.
Winds of Change – a reflection on the Grenfell Tower Fire and the angry aftermath. Read now.

Not Again – As the depressing series of disasters and scandals continues what are the questions we really need to ask? How do we strengthen internal, moral controls rather than rely on external controls and better procedures? How do we build a moral society? Read now.

REMEMBRANCE DAY
From War to Peace – 
a reflection for Remembrance Day. Read now.

The Parker Sermons

The first Elizabethan Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker (1504–75), who came from Norfolk, became concerned about the spiritual state of the Norfolk clergy, and instituted an annual series of four sermons with the object of their spiritual improvement. Though the original need has gone, the series continues. The preacher is appointed by Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Parker’s college and which houses his library. I was appointed Parker Preacher for 2009-10. It was an honour to be one in an unbroken line of preachers since 16th century. The preacher gives two sermons in successive years in three of the churches nominated by Archbishop Parker, and also in Norwich Cathedral. Read now.