Read it all.
If I’m right, God is mentioned once; Scripture not at all.
Start as you mean to go on, so to say.
PS â€œBe yourself. Everyone else is takenâ€ is not an Oscar Wilde quotation.
Well, Damian Thompson has also been reading the Pew Forum report but comes to a different conclusion from Ms Gay: A day of judgment for liberal bishops
[blockquote]Those youngsters who once went to church out of obligation are now spending Sunday mornings in the supermarket or the gym (body worship is a flourishing faith). That means that the only young people in the pews are true believers who really want to be there.
If youâ€™re a â€œgo-aheadâ€ bishop, vicar or diocesan bureaucrat, this is a scary development. Youâ€™ve spent your career reducing the hard truths of Christâ€™s teaching â€“ such as the inevitability of the Last Judgment â€“ to carbon-neutral platitudes. Suddenly, the 20-year-olds in your flock are saying: no thanks, weâ€™ll take the hard truths. Eek![/blockquote]
Why would a 20 year old forgo the gym on Sunday morning and a lie in to listen to someone expound some rubbish they have just made up?
I have some other British sayings to encourage Ms Gay:
‘Start where you left off’ [when you were last on track]
‘Stick to the knitting’ [keep to the pattern you were given]
and here’s one from a book we still use which Ms Gay may remember from her 1950’s childhood:
[blockquote]7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.
It is not rocket science – go back and get to know your Bible and preach accurately on it – if you build it, they will come – promise.