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

We all remember the 2012 opening ceremony.
It was such a success because Danny Boyle led by listening.
Jesus led by listening.
Mornington Crescent!

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. Ten years ago there was a brilliant opening ceremony for the London Olympics which one of its creators called “a collage of the monarchy, the NHS, left-wing values and the army” but which also included three hymns as a nod to our religious history. One of those hymns was played as a traditional Indian dance was performed, a subtle nod to the mix of religions and communities that now make up our Isle of Wonders.
    Danny Boyle and his team put together a brilliant mix, which you think would have appealed to most Brits, but apparently a few conservatives didn’t think it related to how they view our society. But Baines’s nod to fantasies and misconceptions are what both politics and religion rely on. There are 60 million versions of reality in this country and Boyle listened and included pretty much something for everyone in his show.
    The Church of England, and religion in general, can’t listen and change without upsetting the dogmatists within it. Fantasies and misconceptions are still the mainstay of the Christianity and, as Baines says, people have been ‘making their minds up’ and deciding out of date and fantasy stories are no longer for them.


    1. It’s even more noticeable in the CofE than in other religious bodies both due to it being the ‘national church’ with by far the most buidings, and because it tries to bend and contort to accommodate everyone, with the result that it stands for nothing much at all and appeals to hardly anyone.


  2. Very well dissected, PaulT. Brilliant.

    I was just left wondering why, if you’re reduced to picking up a (not especially significant) anniversary coming up next week, then there’s really no point in trying to contribute to TFTD. The brief says something about ‘a person or story in the news, from a faith perspective.’ It’s true some of the current news threads have been going on a bit (high temperatures, Tory leader process) but that is the challenge – if your faith is vital and significant there shouldn’t be any shortage of perspectives.

    Btw. I don’t think I’ll be ‘celebrating’ next week’s anniversary; though I actually remember many of the sporting events really clearly – which were the real purpose of the event.


  3. Yes, he rather gave the game away with all that guff about stories in the BBoMS. Because that’s all they are; and indeed they are flexible enough to allow whatever interpretation is convenient at the time.

    But “Jesus didn’t deride the disciples”? Come off it!

    “He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” “Why are ye fearful, o ye of little faith?” “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?” “But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart”. And on, and on…


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