I was asked by a young child recently what I would do if I wasn't a bishop. I think I waffled unconvincingly. this question was as unexpected as another one I was asked by a five year old in a primary school: “Have you got a dog?” This followed, “What's that big cross for?” Weird.
The truth is, I'd love to be a headline writer for The Onion. They just make me laugh. One of the best today reads:
God Freaks Self Out By Lying Awake Contemplating Own Immortality
It might be funny, but it also makes me wonder if I am missing something.
I wondered if a similar joke was at work this morning when the Guardian proclaimed:
Britain's religious right is on the rise
I seriously must be missing something here… because the report it was reporting on said the opposite. Theos, the excellent think tank that has published the report, says this:
Claims of a British 'Religious Right' are misleading
And the Church Times both comments and commends it here.
Do the sub-editors actually read the articles before inventing the headlines?
Anyway, another week is done and the Bradford Legal Service awaits at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday morning. I will be preaching about 'justice' and thinking of the still un-caught lad who burgled my house last August and nicked my computer and car.
Then I have to get my head round a series of addresses in German for a conference in Hannover in a couple of weeks time.
Of course, the challenge is to make sure that the content meets the theme described in the headlines. Oh dear…