• Chris Blackshaw

    Contributing sermons since Apr 2, 2003
Chris's church

Kirkoswald and Alston Moor
Penrith, Florida CA10 1EW
01298 687164

About Chris
  • Education: I have been educated in and around Bakewell until I left school. I then joined the Derbyshire Police and remained in the area working for the past 32 years. I am now a custody Sgt at Buxton Police Station, and can retire, having served my 30 years. I became a lay preacher with the Methodist Church in the mid 90’s and preach at Chapels within the beautiful Peak District National Park.
  • Experience: I have preached to congregations as small as 1 and as large as 150. I have been able to draw on my life and work experiences within the police to preach on subjects, which can be occasionally confrontational and thought provoking. I have recently felt the call to the ministry and I am exploring this. I am also an assistant Chaplain in the Agricultural Christian Fellowship. I do God’s work among local farmers.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I hope that I am able to put a part of me into the sermon that makes it become real. I try to be powerful with my preaching and spend many hours preparing. I often return to it time and again to change and make alterations.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I once preached a sermon on coming to God in which I asked people to stand up and dedicate themselves to God and to make a commitment. A lot of people were moved and took up that opportunity to show their commitment to God. People later told me how they had been moved by the service.
  • Family: I am married with a son, Christopher, who is 14 years old.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They seem to be proud of my achievements and my preaching. My great grandfather was also a Wesleyan Preacher.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My wife is a Lay Preacher and is very supportive of my preaching. She is a good critic who gives me new ideas and together we enjoy putting a service together. As I prepare sermons I get inspiration from her, which I really value.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: When you have finished saying what you have got to say then shut up and sit down. "When you strike oil stop boring."
  • Books that have had an impact: Brother Yun - a Chinese Christian, who has been persecuted and tortured for his beliefs.
  • Hobbies: I am a farmers son and enjoy all things with an agricultural theme. I have kept poultry and pigs in my garden! I live in a small village near to Bakewell. I am currently enjoying researching my family tree. I am self taught on the piano and organ and often end up playing services at local Churches.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: You reap what you sow.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When my son was 6 years old I took him with me to take a church service he sat with me in the pulpit. As I began the prayers and got to the part where I allowed silence for people’s own personal prayer a little voice whispered to me "Dad I need the toilet" Luckily it didn’t detract from the prayers.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He worked as hard as he could and now he takes his eternal rest
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  • Jesus Heals

    Contributed on Jul 2, 2012
    based on 3 ratings

    We consider how Jesus healed in biblical times and the many different ways that he heals us today.

    Jesus was a brilliant teacher who had a wonderfully astounding ministry, a major part of which was healing. Throughout the gospels we read of the many events that were both inspiring and life changing, for people who were healed, for those who looked on and even for those who heard about what more

  • Jesus Rejected At Nazareth

    Contributed on Apr 13, 2012
    based on 5 ratings

    An in depth understanding of the bible passage of Jesus' rejection in his home town and what message it has for us today.

    Our reading from Luke 4:16-30 is known as the Rejection at Nazareth. It takes place immediately after Jesus had been tempted by the devil in the Judean Desert and before he travels to Capernaum, where he teaches and performs many miracles. In it we find a fast moving story that turns from more

  • Resurrection Of Jesus

    Contributed on Apr 13, 2012

    In depth explanation of the biblical text and a reflection of what it means for us today

    What a day it turned out to be, in fact what a life changing and challenging week it had been. Jesus’ arrest, interrogation and crucifixion, leading to his death on the cross, had seen his faithful followers scatter and hide themselves away, as they shared with each other their grief for a more

  • Faith Needs A Total Commitment From Us

    Contributed on Jun 17, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    Based on Genesis 22:1-14 I examine what God requires from us in our faith life.

    Faith is a matter of life or death. In Romans 6:23 we are told that the wage of the sinner is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. We either believe in God and walk with Him by faith throughout our lives, accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour and have eternal life more

  • The Powerful Presence Of God

    Contributed on Oct 31, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Moses, is called by God, he experiences that powerful presence and is moved to do great things in his name.

    In our readings this afternoon we have a very strong and powerful message. We read about Moses, a man who was a reluctant leader of God’s people, a man who thought he was a bad speaker and a man who doubted himself to do the job that God wanted him to do. Yet despite his own feelings more