During our ‘Church Tapping’ days we acquired the rather dubious art of Bibliomancy, that is, taking it in turns to read at random from the pages of the bibles which, like as not, had been left open on the lectern of whichever church we happened to be tapping at the time.
It was, to say the least, uncanny how many times this particular ‘rite of divination’ threw up wholly appropriate, not to say eye opening revelations which later, invariably, we agreed we really needed to hear.
But I say dubious, because nowadays, the church authorities are none too keen on the ‘good book’ being used in this way?
Anyway, old habits die hard…
“…know ye not, that so many of us as were baptised into Jesus Christ were baptised into his death?
Therefore are we buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life…”
So it was that in Bakewell Church on the Monday following the weekend of, The Feathered Seer, workshop this curious argument presented itself.
It is made, apparently, in Paul’s Epistle to The Romans…
“‘Newness… of… life…?’
Nope, no newness of life in the wake of this workshop.
You got that one all wrong.”
“Oh, really? I don’t think so…”