As I said here, we started our St Paul's preaching series on issues arising out of The da Vinci Code last Sunday. The first one dealt with the reliability of the Bible. We got a gratifyingly larger-than-usual attendance (120 or so compared to 65-85 regulars) so maybe we have moved our scratching a bit nearer the itch. It made the extra hours of preparation feel worthwhile anyway.
I have received an interesting email from someone who was a visitor there, engaging with the issues, and I had several interesting conversations in the coffee lounge and then pub after the sermon. So far so good.
But today I had a priceless letter. I think I may frame it. It concerns a piece I wrote in the Leamington Courier last week to plug the series, in which I used the word 'cool' to describe the movie trailers. It says:
Dear Rev Tilley,
I learn from The Courier that the trailers for The Da Vinci Code are "cool".
"Cool", in that context, is an interesting word, being bereft of meaning and used entirely to prove that one belongs to the "right" group: it is, in short, a shibboleth. I am delighted to say that I belong to the "wrong" group.
You may or may not be aware that "shibboleth" comes from one of the many sanguinary passages in The Old Testament.
I have many ideas about a reply and am currently considering something along the lines of:
Fanx 4 da funky letter it was well good. Me an da posse r8 it a top laugh. Respek.
However my previous efforts at comedy letters have been trumped by your attempts dear readers and so I look forward to your suggestions. My money would have been on Stewart but now he works for a Cabinet Minister (well done on your boss's promotion mate) he may have important constituency business to deal with first.
Your call friends.