Sermons and Press Articles by Bishop of Sherborne
Saturday 24 March 2012
Bishop Graham consecrated the extension to the churchyard
at St Mary's Sixpenny Handley. A photographic record of
the event may been see here, in the gallery.
Sunday 11 March 2012
Bishop Graham commented on the Anglican
Communion in discussion with Ed Stourton and
Dairmaid MacCulloch on BBC Radio 4's
The transcript of the discussion can be seen here.
Wednesday 29 February 2012
Bishop Graham gave a lecture in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge: Henry Martyn Missionary Scholar for our Age. The text of the lecture may be seen here.
Sunday 26 February 2012
The Bishop of Sherborne becomes a Patron Bishop to 'Yes to the Covenant': see the site and Bishop Graham's quote here.
Saturday 25 February 2012
The Bishop of Sherborne's article republished, with permission, from The Times, Credo Column, "Lent is a Time to Keep a Journal of Your Spiritual Travels", may be seen here.
Sunday 19 February 2012
The Bishop of Sherborne was the guest speaker on BBC Radio Wilts
morning programme from 7.30 to 8.30. To hear a montage of extracts from the programme, follow the link.
Saturday 18 February 2012
A bunch of grapes or a bag of marbles?
The Bishop of Sherborne's Address to the Salisbury Diocesan Synod
Follow the link to the full text.
Sunday 5 February 2012
The Bishop of Sherborne was live on BBC Radio Solent from 3 to 4 o'clock answering questions and explaining Alpha courses. The Bishop's answer to the question of his faith
can be heard here.
Sunday 22 January 2012
The Bishop of Salisbury and the Bishop of Sherborne appeared on the BBC1 Sunday Politics Programme (South Region section) on Sunday 22 January 2012.
Also on that day, the audio files of those interviews featured on BBC Radio Solent in a report on Bishops in Politics. This was followed by a live interview with the Bishop of Sherborne, concerning Twitter, Church Statistics and the Alpha Course in Poole. The BBC Radio Solent clip can be heard here: Follow link to listen.
That Sunday he was also on BBC Radio Wilts concerning the discovery of a first edition of the King James Bible at St Laurence’s Church, Hilmarton and a service to bless its new exhibition case. Follow link to listen
Sunday 4 September 2011
Sermon at St Pauls Salisbury 'The Fall' - Bishop Graham Kings
10.30am, Holy Communion
Click here to listen.
1 August 2011
John Stott Obituary - Times On Line
Bishop Graham's article on the life of John Stott can be seen here.
18 July 2011
South Sudan Independence
Guardian article by Bishop Graham: Click here.
10 July 2011
Bishop Graham interviewed live from Juba following the Sundanese Independence celebrations:
BBC Radio Wiltshire - can be heard here.
BBC Radio Solent - can be heard here.
Follow the link to see the South Sudan Independence Celebrations Gallery.
In Alan Bennett’s play, Forty Years On (1968), there is an intriguing dialogue between Lady Dundown and her butler:
Lady Dundown: I see the Dean of Windsor has been consecrated the Bishop of Bombay.
Withers: Bombay. Hmm. If I may say so, ma’am, that seems to me to be taking Christianity a little too far.
I do not think, geographically, you can take Christianity too far. ‘To the ends of the earth’ is our calling. The ironic critique of the ‘scribes and pharisees’ in Matthew 23 is not so much about geography as depth: ‘For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves’ (Matthew 23:15). Scribes have got a bad name. Is it worth, perhaps, trying to redress the balance? Is there such a thing as scribal wisdom?
Saturday 25 June 2011
Presidential Address to Salisbury Diocesan Synod
In our passage for today, Acts 20:28-35, we hear of Paul, at Melitus, saying a deeply emotional farewell to the elders, the leaders of the church at Ephesus. He has been with them for 3 years and now commends them to God. He is on his way to Jerusalem with a collection from the Gentile Christians for the poor Jewish Christians. We know from his letters to the churches in Corinth and Rome that this collection was a material gift of aid, a theological thank you for the good news of God in Christ and a profound sign of unity. It was so crucial, that Paul was willing to risk his life in delivering it.
7 June 2011
The Richard Johnson Annual Sermon Preached at St Bride's, Fleet Street, London
for the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Richard Johnson, who bequeathed this annual sermon gave posterity its text: Vita Humana Bulla Est – Human Life is a Bubble. He died in 1795, at the age of 38.
Maybe he was prophetic. Like a bubble, life can indeed be blown up, float along and be popped at any time.
So is journalistic life a free floating immoral bubble? Or is there such a thing as ‘moral journalism’ grounded in gravitas? ‘Moral journalism’ is not, I believe, an oxymoron like ‘healthy tan’ or even, remembering the 1980s software, ‘Microsoft Works’.
The rest of the Times online article can be read here.
The full text of the sermon can be read here.
21 April 2011
Silence: Space for God’s Eloquence
Sermon preached at the Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist Salisbury Cathedral
The full text of the sermon can be read here.
Abdul Masih: Icon of Indian Indigeneity
Who is this seated Indian so serene and calm? What is he reading, with concentrated meditation, that is so evidently precious? What are those books and bottles in the background? Why was he celebrated with such a commissioned portrait? Who is this man who spans the centuries, speaks to us in his silence, and draws us into studying what he himself is reading? There is no written clue on the front of the painting, but on turning it over the words can be seen in ink: "The Revd. Abdul Masseeh. Henry Martyn's one convert - ordained by Bishop Heber. Revd. G. E. Corrie, Jesus Coll: Cambridge. Luggage Train."
Follow link to: read the full article by Bishop Graham
16 February 2011
Bishop Queries Cuts
Mentioning projects such as Waves, a youth support service based in Weymouth, and Nightstop, which provides emergency short-term shelter for homeless young people in Dorset, Dr Kings requested that the council re-examine its priorities, in order to protect the most vulnerable members of society.
In his letter, he said: “It is clear that the Council will not have available to it all of the resources and funding that might be desirable, so cuts and savings must be made. The question that remains is about how those cuts will fall; what values will inform the discussion in this difficult debate? What sort of Dorset do we want to see for the future? Who will benefit, and who will be the losers after tomorrow’s debate?”
Former Children’s Commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green, also campaigning against the cuts, said, “I very much welcome and support the content of Bishop Graham’s letter and I applaud him for his courage in standing up and speaking out. This is exactly the kind of leadership that should be coming from our senior clergy. See the text of the letter here.
Licensing at St Paul's Sherborne - Sermon
The Bishop's Sermon given at the licensing of Jono and Diane Tregale can be heard here.
ALPHA Course - Talks given at St Paul's Sherborne
The Bishop of Sherborne gave nine talks between January and March 2011, which last for 20 minutes each. Listen to the talks or download them here.
5 July 2009
Inguagaration and Mission
Bishop Graham preached at a Service of welcome and inauguration of his ministry and mission at Wimborne Minster 5 July 2009. A copy of the sermon may be heard here.
9 January 2011
BBC Wiltshire Interview with Lee Stone: listen from 1 04:30 to 1 24:50.
BBC iPlayer link here [now expired]
23 December 2010
'A momentous day for Sudan on 9 January': The story of Belshazzar's feast and the referendum.
The Guardian comment is free.
28 November 2010
The Anglican Covenant is the only way forward
BBC Radio 4 Interview
A transcript can be found on Fulcrum here. YouTube audio clip here.
Article for The Guardian Comment is Free Belief, 17 November 2010, can be found here.
Article can also be found on Fulcrum here.
The ambiguous legacy of John Heny Newman: Reflections on the Papal visit 2010
Fulcrum article can be found here.
21 May 2010
Picturing the Spirit
Pentecost Article for The Times, Faith Central, Friday can be found here.
2 April 2010
Perceptions of the Cross
Article for The Times, Faith Central, Good Friday can be found here.