Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, Happy 500th Anniversary of the Diet of Worms Day everybody!

4 thoughts on “Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

  1. ‘Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.’

    Quote from the BBC’s own current ‘Thought for the day’ web page as it stands this morning. So, why were listeners to radio’s major news and current affairs programme treated instead to this 3 minute potted history of German Protestantism?

    If only TFtD contributors would stick to the brief, I’d be prepared to give credit to any worthwhile contribution where I thought an effort had been made – even if I couldn’t agree with them. It’s a fabulous opportunity for any religious person really to highlight the importance (in their eyes) of their faith, and to make a thought provoking parallel, interpretation or supporting angle in relation to the news, or someone in the news. You’d think contributors – a small and very, very privileged band – would throw themselves into this opportunity and prove to listeners the relevance of maintaining this slot.

    But, no. There have been too many cop-out efforts like Baines’s this morning. Too many sloppy, off the cuff offerings which display no evidence of rigorous mental application. It’s time the Beeb weeded out all the slackers (probably most of the current bunch) and introduced new speakers with more commitment to the BBC’s brief – it’s simple enough; and there are always plenty of ‘issues or people in the news,’ so no need to waffle on about C S Lewis, Tolstoy, The Diet of Worms, Big Jewish Festivals, Guru Nee-naw Nee-naw, etc etc.


  2. A good summing up Liverpudlian. Even if he was having a go at David Cameron in his final sentence it was so vague as to be worthless in terms of the TFTD brief.
    And who cares about how church reformers saw their “truth” in the bible. If an omnipotent god can’t produce an infallible document for its followers then how can just another made up story be relevant to the rest of us?
    Perhaps he just wanted to tell us about his failed holiday plans (like everyone else in the country) or thought of the little joke about eating worms and built the three minutes around that.
    Hopeless drivel.


  3. My thought for the day:
    When I was young, the name Martin Luther King seemed to go on just a little too long. Now the name Martin Luther seems to stop too short.
    Plus three minutes of waffle.


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