Bishop Philip's Blog

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word.’ So sang Sir Elton John many years ago. And I think he’s right. Saying sorry doesn’t always come easily to us. There’s a saying, apparently, current amongst some politicians that runs like this: ‘Never admit; never apologise.’ Evidently for such people ‘sorry’ is not just a hard word […]

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Easter 2021: Acts 10: 34 – 43; John 20: 1 – 18

Let’s be clear, first of all, what didn’t happen that first Easter Day. Jesus was not resuscitated. He wasn’t brought back to life to carry on as he had been living before. Not at all. This is something quite different. We know this is something different because we’ve already seen what you might call a […]

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How was Christmas for me?

That’s the question I was asked to answer for a piece in the Saltash Team Ministry Newsletter. And if there’s one word I would choose to describe it, that word would be ‘unexpected’. Of course there was much that could have been expected. There were services of Nine Lessons and Carols in the cathedral; I […]

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February’s pause for thought…

Here’s a fun fact for you – well I think it’s quite fun anyway! If you go to the Book of Common Prayer, the Church of England’s old prayer book that’s still used in many churches, and find Psalm 46, it’s said you’ll find something very strange. Count 46 words in from the beginning and […]

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How is it that we hear the call of God?

My sermon in Truro Cathedral on Sunday, January 17, 2021. 1 Sam. 3:1-10; Ps. 139-1-9; Rev. 5:1-10; Jn 1:43-end Speak, Lord, today for your servants are listening. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Speak Lord, for your servant is listening. To many of us with at least some passing knowledge of the […]

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Why episcopal leadership should advocate & support pioneer ministry

In a blog for Pioneer Hive on the Church of England’s website, Bishop Philip writes about why episcopal leadership should advocate for and support pioneer ministry with insights into how a strategic vision for this is unfolding in Cornwall. A Cornish Call to Pioneer

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What will you take forward from this time?

How has lockdown been for you? For some of us it will have been the hardest of times, mourning the loss of someone we loved. While we can be thankful today for the relatively low number of deaths we’ve experienced in Cornwall, that’s not much comfort to those who have lost someone. Every single death […]

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Easter 2020 – Bishop Philip’s message

It is strange to be writing this Easter message in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. I just don’t know where we will be by the time you read this. Every day the ground seems to shift beneath our feet, and life becomes ever more uncertain and unpredictable. But there’s another reason why writing an […]

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My sermon from Mothering Sunday, March 22, 2020

May I speak in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen At times of crisis we can tend to default to what is familiar and secure, to ‘go home’ as it were, and I guess many people have done that in this strange season and gone back to what […]

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A sermon about St Piran and the cross – and hopefully not a lack of imagination!

Cross of St. Piran service 2020 Isaiah 53:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 In what some of you might consider a staggering lack of imagination, I thought that this year, at this service during which we award the Cross of St. Piran, I would speak about the cross and St. Piran. In that order. I admit I […]

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