The Royal Law

The Royal Law James 2.1-13 A sermon at Central Presbyterian Church, New York City January 29 2017 N.T. Wright, University of St Andrews   It’s a great treat to be back here again and to sense that I am among friends both old and new. And it’s good for me, after some years of intensive […]

The Hour has Come

Song of Songs (selections); John 2.1–11 A Sermon at the Wedding of Michael Lloyd and Abigail Doggett in St Peter’s Church, Ugley by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright On the front of your service sheets there is a painting of ‘the Wedding at Cana’, to story we read a few moments ago. […]

That the World May Believe

Isaiah 41. 9b–13; Ephesians 4.1–6; John 17.11b–23 a sermon at the Licensing of Canon Jon Bell as Bishop’s Senior Chaplain and Executive Officer at St Peter’s Chapel, Auckland Castle, on the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas January 28 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Sometimes when you’re out on a walk […]

The Word of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1.18 [Isaiah 61.1–9; James 5.13–16a; Luke 4.16–20] a sermon at the Sung Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ordination Vows Durham Cathedral, Maundy Thursday, 5 April 2007 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but […]

Wisdom in a Troubled Time

Job 28; Psalm 8; 1 Corinthians 2.1–10 a sermon for the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference at their Annual Service in Westminster Abbey September 30 2008, 3 pm by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright You don’t need me to tell you that we meet at an extraordinary time. Someone asked me a couple […]

Those whom he justified, he also glorified

Romans 8.17–39 a sermon in celebration of the life and ministry of Keith A. A. Weston St Mary’s Church, Thame, Friday 22 February 2013 by the Rt. Revd. Prof N. T. Wright, University of St Andrews ‘Those whom he justified, he also glorified’: Romans 8, of course, and verse 30. Many of you will know […]

The Mutilated Mountain

Isaiah 61.1–2 with 58.6; Matthew 5.3–10 a sermon at the Civic Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication at the launch of the new Unitary County Council Durham Cathedral, 2 pm May 30 2009 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright If you’ve been on holiday to the Italian coast near Naples or Amalfi, chances […]

Jesus in the Perfect Storm

Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48 A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011 In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Andrews By the Rt Revd Prof Dr N T Wright, St Mary’s College The crowd went wild as they got nearer. This was the moment they’d been waiting for. All the old songs came flooding […]

The Ear of the Servant, the Tongue of the Teacher

Isaiah 50.4–10; Galatians 1.11–24; Mark 10.35–45 a sermon at the Annual Readers’ Service for the Diocese of Durham Durham Cathedral, Saturday September 16, 11.30 a.m. by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright James and John said to Jesus, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in […]

The Road to New Creation

Isaiah 35.1–10; Luke 10.25–37 Sermon at the Service of Re-dedication for the Priory of England and the Islands of the Most Venerable Order of The Hospital of St John of Jerusalem Durham Cathedral, Saturday 23 September 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright There is a great theme in the scriptures which […]

Rest and Reflection

i Kings 19.9b–12; Mark 6.30–34 a sermon at the 60th anniversary celebrations of Shepherd’s Dene by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright To say Elijah was depressed is putting it mildly. In what we now see as a regular pattern, he had a huge and dramatic success followed by a total collapse. He […]

The Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9.2–7 a sermon at the rededication of the Memorial Cloisters, Sedbergh School 13 November 2005 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; for unto us a son is given, the Prince of Peace.’  Isaiah’s words are all the more poignant when […]

The Glory and the Prayer

Ezekiel 1.22–28; Colossians 1.24–29; John 17.1–13 a sermon at the Ordination of Priests in Durham Cathedral, June 26 2010 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N T Wright Some years ago, Maggie and I were invited to dinner by a very senior person in another university. After the meal I asked if I could see the […]

When the Spirit Comes

Acts 2.1–21; John 16.4b–11 a sermon for Pentecost (May 23) 2010 in the Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert, Durham by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Every child learns to live in at least two worlds, and learns also how awkward it can be when the two […]

The Power of Heaven Let Loose on Earth

Acts 2.1–21; John 15.26—16.15 a sermon at the Eucharist and Baptism (of Isabel Johanna Sheen) in Durham Cathedral on the feast of Pentecost, 31 May 2009 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright What are we praying for when we pray for the Holy Spirit? ‘Send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort […]

The Stream, the Lake and the River

Acts 2.1–21; John 7.37–39 a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘There was not yet Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.’ Those words, flattened out somewhat in most translations, conclude the powerful little gospel reading we have just heard. […]

Spirit of Truth

Acts 2.1–21; John 14.8–27 a sermon at the Eucharist in Durham Cathedral on the Feast of Pentecost, 27 May 2007 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Anoint and cheer our soilèd face With the abundance of thy grace; Keep far our foes, give peace at home; Where thou art guide no ill […]

A Right Judgment in All Things

Acts 2.1–21; John 15.26–27; 16.4b–15 a sermon in Durham Cathedral on the Feast of Pentecost, June 4 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘Grant us,’ says the Collect, ‘by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things.’ That is not, perhaps the first thing that comes to our […]

They Sing a New Song

Exodus 15; Psalm 98; Revelation 5; John 20 a sermon at the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival Eucharist feast of Mary Magdalene, 22 July 2005 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in […]

God in Private and Public

1 Samuel 3.1–10; Revelation 1.5b–8; Luke 7.36–50 Sermon at the Maundy Thursday Sung Eucharist, 20 March 2008 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright You will have noticed that the question of God has been on the public agenda, for some months now, in a way that hasn’t been true before in my […]

With Wings as Eagles

Isaiah 55.8-13; Romans 8.1-11; Matthew 13.1-23 A sermon at Calvary St George, Gramercy Park, New York on the Third Sunday after Trinity, 10 July 2011 within the celebrations of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the King James Bible By the Right Reverend Professor N T Wright, University of St Andrews ‘Ye have seen,’ says God […]

Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God

Isaiah 65. 17–25; Revelation 21.9–27 a sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, October 22 2006 by the William Belden Noble Lecturer, Bishop N. T. Wright (Bishop of Durham) ‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.’ You might well suppose that this would be the reaction of the delighted Englishman, arriving once more in Harvard […]

The Great Story

Ecclesiasticus 44.1-15; Hebrews 11.32—12.2; Matthew 5.1-12 A sermon at the service to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the foundation of the University of St Andrews In the University Chapel of St Salvator Sunday June 26 2011 by the Rt Revd Professor N. T. Wright, DD Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity St Mary’s College […]

Running to the Tomb

John 20.1–10 a sermon at the Easter Vigil at Stanhope, April 11 2009 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright I had an email earlier today from a friend in Sydney, Australia. And of course where he was Easter had already come. Here we are, meeting in the darkness of Holy Saturday evening, […]

Water, Fire and Breakfast

Romans 6.3–11; Luke 24.1–12 sermon at the Easter Vigil (Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion of Easter) in Durham Cathedral, Easter Day (April 3) 2010 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright If you remember little else about this morning, you will probably remember it as the day you got up at half past […]

Living in God’s Future – Now!

Romans 6.1–11; Mark 16.1–8 a sermon at the Easter Vigil in Durham Cathedral, Easter Morning 2009 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him . . . so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to […]

Dreaming of a White Easter

Romans 6.3–11; Matthew 28.1–10 a sermon at the Easter Vigil 2008 (with Baptism and Confirmation) by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Well, we never thought it would come to this. A white Easter! And so the papers and the airwaves are full of people grumbling about the ridiculous system – as they […]

God’s Future in Person

Romans 6.3–11; Luke 24.1–12 a sermon for the Easter Vigil, with Baptism and Confirmation, April 8 2007 at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and Cuthbert, Durham by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Nearly thirty years ago, my family and I lived in Cambridge. One day I went, with […]

Resurrection and Rock’n’Roll

Acts 10.34–43; John 20.1–18 a sermon at the Eucharist on Easter Morning, 11.15 am, April 4 2010 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright The taxi driver looked back at me in his mirror. His face was a mixture of amusement and sympathy. We were stuck in traffic and he’d asked me, as […]

The Uncomfortable Truth of Easter

Acts 10.34–43; John 20.1–18 a sermon at the Sung Eucharist in Durham Cathedral Easter Day 2008 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright The Easter stories are full of people getting the wrong end of the stick. Mary thinks Jesus’ body has been stolen. Peter sees the linen wrappings and can’t work out […]

Let Beauty Awake

Acts 10.34–43; John 20.1–18 a sermon at the Eucharist in Durham Cathedral on Easter Day 2009 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Let beauty awake in the morn from beautiful dreams, Beauty awake from rest! Let Beauty awake For Beauty’s sake In the hour when the birds awake in the brake And […]

Jesus the Risen Judge – and Forgiver

Acts 10.34–43; John 20.1–18 a sermon in Durham Cathedral at the Eucharist on Easter Morning, April 8 2007 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Once again, Easter has brought a rash of silly-season stories in the press. Some poor shopkeeper has made the blunder of saying that the Easter eggs are to […]

The Easter Vocation

Acts 10.34–43; John 20.1–18 a sermon at the Eucharist in Durham Cathedral on Easter Morning 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘Go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ Jesus’ remarkable command to Mary Magdalene is […]

On Earth as in Heaven

Acts 16.16–34; John 17.20–end a sermon at the Eucharist on the Sunday after Ascension Day York Minster, 20 May 2007 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright I love the weekly Collects in the Book of Common Prayer (and, in principle, their updated versions). Again and again they outshine, in their elegant but […]

Dusty Road, Golden City

1 Peter 2.1–10; Psalm 122; Matthew 16.13–28 sermon at the 125th anniversary of St Peter’s Church, Stockton-on-Tees 10 a.m., 15 October 2006 by the Lord Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright It’s a long and dusty road, but you’d want to do it in a day because it might be dangerous to stop overnight […]

Where Shall Wisdom be Found?

Job 28.12–28; Colossians 1.24—2.5 a homily at the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University of Durham in the Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham Saturday 23 June 2007 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright I was fascinated to see that […]

The Circle of Love

John 17.14–26 a sermon at the Ordination of Deacons in Durham Cathedral, June 27 2010 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr. N.T. Wright The point of having Deacons is so that the world may see the love of God in action. That is the essential message I draw from today’s gospel reading, which forms the conclusion […]

Full of the Knowledge of the Lord

Isaiah 11.1–10; Acts 17.22–32 a sermon at Matins on the Fifth Sunday after Trinity preached before Her Majesty’s Courts of Justice in the Counties of Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and North Yorkshire in the Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert, Durham by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. […]

‘Come and See’

Zechariah 8.20–end; John 1.35–42 a sermon at the Installation of the Venerable Ian Jagger as Archdeacon of Durham and Canon Residentiary St Andrew’s Day 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright ‘Give me the map there,’ commands the old king. ‘Know that we have divided In three our kingdom; and ’tis our […]

City on a Hill

Isaiah 60.1–4; Colossians 1.15–20; Matthew 5.1–16 sermon at the Inauguration of Dr David Wilkinson as Principal of St John’s College, Durham Durham Cathedral, 17 October 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright It would have been a bold commentator ten years ago, let alone twenty or thirty, who would have predicted that […]