They that go down to the sea in ships……

For those who are regular visitors to this website, firstly, thanks for sticking with me during the last three and a bit years! I have the opportunity of a lifetime to do a long sail with an old friend, around much of the coast of the UK, over this summer. Although I’ll be taking a notebook, to store theological reflections, sadly it won’t be possible for me to post anything further until probably sometime in late September.

Demanding obedience is corrupting

A number of years ago, I witnessed my first service of Ordination in our local Cathedral. There was a moment during the proceedings when I was riveted to the spot. I had just seen the Diocesan Bishop washing the feet of those who were about to be ordained. This act, which originates in Chapter 13 of St John’s gospel, tells how Jesus shows his own disciples that he expects them to demonstrate a form of ‘servant priesthood’. Is there anything wrong with that? Absolutely not, it lies, or should lie, at the very heart of Christian discipleship. It's what followed that shocked me.