James Langstaff

A Bishop Reflects

A future with hope – A Prisons Week sermon

Sermon preached at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 15th October 2017  (Prisons Week) Jeremiah 29.11-14; Romans 8.31-39; Matthew 7.7-11  “A future with hope” is held out as part of the Lord’s plan for his people, “welfare and not harm”.  Words from Jeremiah 29 which follow on from where God speaks through the prophet to his people experiencing the imprisonment of exile – not incarceration in quite the same way as being held in custody,.. Read More

Called Together: Grow, Enrich, Resource

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS at DIOCESAN SYNOD Saturday 14th October, 2017 Isaiah 42. When I addressed Synod in June, I was able to bring members up-to-date about the strands of emphasis in ministry and mission which were emerging from our engagement with our parishes, chaplaincies and wider communities in the first part of this year.  As I put it then, this was part of our seeking of God’s wisdom as to the shape and expression.. Read More

A Light in the Darkness – Prison Hope

Unease, anxiety and sadness are woven into the experience of Christmas for every person who is in touch with reality.  Violent death and a sense of the fragility of the social structures which keep chaos at bay are there even in the simple, pared-down narratives of the Bible about how the birth of Jesus happened.  The hope of Christmas is spoken, from day one, into a world that is recognizably our world. Over.. Read More

We all fall short

 Hypocrisy is surely the charge that is most frequently and most painfully levelled at Christians.  Look at you: you go on about God and morality and goodness, but you’re no better than anybody else.  Look at those priests in such-and-such a place, or some of those bible-waving evangelists and what they get up to.  And of course they’re right.  And you don’t even need to go to the evident cover-ups of priestly-abuse or.. Read More