James Langstaff

A Bishop Reflects

The Challenge of Difference

On Monday 26th January, in York Minister, Libby Lane was ordained Bishop of Stockport.  Having been so immersed in framing the legislation and accompanying provisions through the General Synod, it was a joy and privilege for me to be there.  Slightly strange, emotionally, at this point to be observing and almost off-stage, but so good to have reached this point and to have been part of a process that has had such an.. Read More

God With Us: a sermon for Christmas Day

Rochester Cathedral 25th December 2014 – Christmas Day Isaiah 9.2-7; Luke 2.1-14 Luke’s is the gospel in which we find the details. He is the one who, with the mentions of Augustus and Quirinius, seeks to set a time-frame. He, together with Matthew, gives us Bethlehem as the location; he also tells us that Joseph and Mary were already settled in Nazareth, while Matthew suggests that they only went there after these events. Memorably.. Read More