5 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. What does my Big Book of Magic Stuff suggest you do when you realise your god-creature of choice has deserted you? Well I’ve looked long and hard and the best I can come up with is “buy a field”. Someone could make use of the field at some point in the future. In fact someone could make use of it regardless of who owned it. Fields are like that. Always there. Unlike my god-creature, which never seems to be there when you need ‘him’.


    1. I suspect prices were severely depressed at the time, what with Judah losing the war and mass deportations in progress. Jeremiah was, in fact, a canny investor, buying when everyone else was selling, ready to make a tidy profit when the inevitable good times returned.


      1. So; more investment advice than spiritual advice. A bit risky, unless Baines is also a registered Financial Adviser in his spare time.


  2. If I’ve got this right, the IMF told Jeremiah that his cousin was strapped for cash and wanted to sell Jeremiah a field. Jeremiah should buy the field, to demonstrate his faith that, in the long term, the Judaeans would return to their own land and all would be well. So he did. (Incidentally, the exile in Babylon began in 597BCE, ie about 2600 years ago, not 3000, but never mind). So the IMF wasn’t absent at all: it was telling Jeremiah exactly what was going to happen and what he should do.

    And what lesson would Bishop Baines have us draw from this tale? Apparently, that hope for the future is a good thing, even if the present seems grim. Perhaps he should tell President Zelensky; I’m sure that advice will come in useful. But perhaps better not tell him about the rest of Jeremiah 32, in which the IMF explains in great detail why it’s letting the Babylonians win.


  3. Jesus is on his way back very soon, so Baines and his Christian pals keep telling us. Surely buying anything, let alone a field, is pointless if ‘soon’ is next week or next month. Pushing it at next year; way out if we have to wait another ten years, and anything after that is a joke. So how many Christians are long term investment advisors? Maybe they are all hedging their bets.


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