Richard Holloway on the difficulties of being a priest

I love Richard Holloway. He was Bishop of Edinburgh when I was put forward for ordination selection and training. I very much appreciated his concern for me and his deep pastoral heart. I admired his genuine humanity and his honest wrestling with and searching for meaning in what we do on this tiny rock in the universe.

Could this be the job for me…?

Bling cross
Bling!

I had an email from my friend Jonny Coore today. He’s a student at the Church of England vicar factory Trinity Theological College, Bristol, and he offered me this tempting thought about my job situation:

How is the employment situation? Birmingham still needs a Bishop and I thought we could do a job share – you can wear the hat so long as I have the bling.

I’ll mull it over from the confines of my sick-bed.