I was just flicking through some of the blogs on your list: there are some real Christians there, aren’t there, writing real Christian stuff?
There truly are bishops like that in the Church. There’s no way around it. In fact, we Christians, being fallible, can all be like that, at one time or another, thinking God is like us, and likes only those we like.
And in spite of this, Happy Birthday, MP. And thank you for writing real Christian stuff, since, for Christians, everything is real Christian stuff, even my passion for Formula 1 Grand Prix racing! And your passion for truth.
How do you know there’s a god?
Happy Birthday Mad One. I believe it was yesterday? I’m a day late. Actually it was my mothers birthday the day before yours and I forgot to ring her on the day. I was very busy. We’d had dinner the night before so I think she understands. Still it doesn’t take long to make a phone call does it? It completely slipped my mind.
Perhaps it’s slipped the Bishop’s mind that you don’t yet have a job? Somehow I doubt it. Who knows though one of them may have a change of mind this year.
There I go again posting twice. Why do I do that?
All of us who gave to your drive (I apologize for my tiny gift) were and continue to affirm your vocation. It cannot be helped that the CoE has a substantial number of idiots in miters. The recent votes on the covenant where only the bishops affirmed the stupid thing is instructive as is your notes on the “expense” claims.
When I was a postulant for priesthood here, the diocese required some psychological testing. As we paid for it we got a report too. My report was done by a daughter of a priest who told me the tests said I would be great priest but never a bishop. I cared, the tests said too much about the people I serve and supervise to walk over them to a miter. I have as I was tossed out of postulancy shortly there after treasured her report. 😉
We all do the best we can, often in spite of the church we love. For this, as everything, the Romans have a proverb: The church is a whore, but she is my mother. Pretty much.
@ Anon: do you not get the concept of paradox?
I don’t know if there’s a God/I know God called MadPriest to the priesthood.
Grow a bigger brain: your Reality is Too Small!
I get the concept of paradox so well that I even manage to distinguish “paradox” from “mutually exclusive” and “both are impossible/very unlikely”. I even get hypocrisy such as “Do as I say and not as I do or preach”, like “Let’s celebrate our diversity-but I’m going to live in an area outside town that’s over 95% White and middle/upper middle class. In fact, I’m going to go to a church that’s 95% middle/upper middle class and over 95% White and I’m sending my kids to a school where there will be about one non-White face to every 25 White, Middle/Upper Middle class faces. What? You think I’m inconsistent? But I wring my hands over this so well! And besides, who else can the oppressed depend on for support and solidarity, the lower middle classes, the ethnics and the rednecks? Where would the non-white and poor be without the upper middle class Protestant Mainliners?
About the ministry/priesthood: You can’t get a call without someone on the other end of the line. Getting calls without another person on the line is called hearing voices-and it’s not usually a sign of good mental health.
Maybe. But compared to your compulsive disorder it’s pretty harmless. You are a troll.I really don’t think you are going to be taken for a serious commentator on the mental state of other people. But obviously, part of your psychosis is that you don’t see that.
So why bother to mention it to me? If you truly believed your own words, your own facile “diagnosis”, you’d realize that telling someone this is like pouring cough medicine down the throat of someone who’s stopped breathing. And again, no mention of whether or not anything I’ve said is accurate, or if inaccurate why.
You’re the one who spends his time leaving anonymous, “facile” remarks of a repetitive nature all over the place. If you walk like a troll and talk like a troll, you are a troll. I find it difficult to imagine that someone would spend their time doing what you do without there being an underlying clinical compulsion.
Why do you do it?
One point, cause it’s my turn to feel like giving up – I know it’s hard being on the dole, it’s demeaning, but at least you’ve got one. When I leave this job – which I have a feeling I will be, voluntarily or not in the near future – I will simply end my life, because there are no other options.
I don’t get any welfare payments, Mark.
I’m sorry. Speaking before thinking.
But, we won’t have to worry about that, much longer.