*** DEBUG END ***

Being taken seriously is a secondary matter

18 January 2013


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 rule.

7 Suffolk Road
London SE25 6EY

Letters to the editor

Letters for publication should be sent to letters@churchtimes.co.uk.

Letters should be exclusive to the Church Times, and include a full postal address. Your name and address will appear alongside your letter.

Forthcoming Events

6-7 September 2022
Preaching as Pilgrimage conference
From the College of Preachers.

27-28 September 2022
humbler church Bigger God conference
The HeartEdge Conference in Manchester includes the Theology Slam Live Final.

More events

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four* articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)

*Until the end of June: we’re doubling the number of free articles to eight, to celebrate the publication of our Platinum Jubilee double issue.