Good for not very much — 11 Comments

  1. I’d never think of asking a Minister to change my taps. Fix my leaky roof? Perhaps its a symptom of small parishes where you’re expected to be jack of all trades. Frankly, I haven’t had a priest or a vicar knock on the door for 25 years. Ours seem to stay in their friaries, getting fat on the charity of others and saying mass six times a week. A comfortable life indeed. I don’t think any of them could even bend over far enough to start a lawn mower!

  2. Baino,

    I only call at the doors of people who claim to be church members. I would consider it intrusive to knock on anyone else’s door without good reason.

  3. Ian, have you read Haldor Laxness’ book, Kristnihald undir Jökli (Under the Glacier/Christianity at Glacier)? It came to mind when I read Baino’s comment, actually. Laxness’ took a subtle, but hilarious poke at clerics. I absolutely LOVED it. I laughed aloud as I read. Yet through all the sarcastic wit, there was so much truth. Sometime faith isn’t tied to things ethereal. If a person isn’t warm, or clothed, or fed, if their roof leaks or their mother is sick, if they have to bury their dead in the glaciers, they have things on their mind that call for a more practical service. Is there anything wrong with faith/and ministry being tangible? Laxness won the Nobel Prize for Lit. in 1955, but wrote Christianity at Glacier after that – in the late 1960’s. If I haven’t already given my copy away, I’ll put it in the post on Tuesday. (We have Presiden’ts Day on Monday.) It’s true what you say about the skills gained from six years at University not being transferrable to another occupation. The cynic in me says that’s a calculated plan inherent to clerical training, but on the other hand . . . . do you really want to make tents?

  4. Gram,

    I think we would probably have a good deal more credibility if we could make tents. I think I would be quite good as a home help (not sure what the American term would be – a person who goes around to housebound seniors and does chores and makes meals for them)

  5. How about Ms Trollope and The Rector’s Wife – obviously not in your case! but you get the point. Your point about faith not being tied to ethereal matters is very good. If we cannot help each other what is the point?
    Sory for the rushed note.
    btw what’s the best way to fix a tap that won’t stop dripping?

  6. I found ‘The Rector’s Wife’ very depressing, but perhaps that’s my prejudice against the Rector in the story. Never having advanced beyond the first rung, I have never had the chance to be ambitious!

    (You need a new washer.)

  7. OMG – you have it all wrong. The best way to fix a dripping faucet is for Herself to get new Himself that knows that answer without having to ask the Rector. Sheeesh, y’all! 😉

  8. And he had more skills than me……..I can change tap heads too….but could I write and orate a sermon?????? No

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