Well that was fun and it's only 9.15 a.m. Left home at 7.55 and heard traffic news of an accident on the A370 causing twenty minute delays. Looked across at the Long Ashton by-pass from the Bristol Road to see if the queue was yet tailing back to Farleigh. It wasn't. Joined the by-pass. Came to a halt on the slip road and moved two miles in next forty-five minutes.
I became part of the Radio Bristol traffic news and here is Thought for the Day as delivered from a lay-by half an hour ago.
you baptised? What do you remember of your baptism? Chances are, if
you were baptised as an infant, you recall little.
a special child will be baptised in a special ceremony by a special
priest. Prince George will be baptised by Archbishop Justin in The
Chapel Royal at St James' Palace.
the Christian church baptism is still a controversial topic.
say you can only include children in the household of faith by
baptising them. Others that a baptism must involve a statement of
faith, from the mouth of the person being baptised, so it is a
say it can be done by sprinkling with water; others that it should
say it should be public; others that private, or at least restricted
invitation such as today's, is OK.
say it has to be of believers; others that everyone is a member of
the established church and can partake whether church-goers or not.
call the ceremony for a child 'christening'; others 'infant
Frankly, there are
problems with both sides in each position.
can imagine some of you saying, 'Why on earth can't the church get
its act together?' There is a simple answer. The church, like the
rest of the world, contains human beings (beat)
who disagree with each other.
recall words of wisdom given to me as a young man. If you find a
perfect church don't join it. You'll only spoil it.
pray that the Royal Family have a great day. And that Prince George
grows up to proclaim the truths made today on his behalf.
Wouldn't life be dull if it was any other way?