From Mr Jamie Wood
Sir, - In concluding his review of the press (Media, 4 January),
Andrew Brown has ideas, in the context of ministry to the dying,
for "the Church of England to get taken seriously once more. . . it
involves not talking about God at all."
I remind myself, and may I remind my fellow-readers, that our
agenda is not "to get taken seriously". Our agenda is to follow
Jesus Christ; and any brief reading of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and
John - not least when our Lord said to the dying thief "I tell you
the truth, today you will be with me in paradise" - will show that
following Jesus involves a certain amount of God-talk.
At best, we, the Church, will be found to have been faithful to
our agenda. Whether or not we get taken seriously is not ours to
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