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The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England




In the ‘digital age’ when virtually every notable person, notable company/ organisation
turn to or rely on some kind of digital marketing or branding; I was struck by the
following little piece written by Jeffery Archer. So rather than the Rector’s Ramblings,
this month, for your amusement and reflection I give you the musings of Jeffery Archer.

He was born in a barn, his father a carpenter, and his mother a decent woman,
but they were of no significance, and certainly couldn’t have afforded to give the boy a private education.
And yet, as a teenager, he was arguing the toss with his elders and betters in the
council chambers. He never got a proper job, just roamed around the countryside, unshaven,
and living off bread and water and the occasional fish,
while offering his opinions to those who cared to listen.
He became the manager of a football team known as The Disciples, not one of them a
star, in fact the twelfth man rather let the side down by accepting a transfer fee of thirty
pieces of silver to play for the opposition. The authorities eventually arrested him as a rabble-rouser,
but couldn’t decide what to charge him with, other than the fact he claimed he was the
son of God. They strung him up with a couple of criminals, and when he finally gave up the ghost,
rather assumed that would be the last they’d hear of him.
The Disciples were relegated at the end of the season,
in fact the captain denied on more than one occasion that he’d ever been a member of
His team. When he died at the age of thirty-three, there were no obituaries in the local press
reporting his achievements, no glossy supplements highlighting his colourful career,
no radio programmes to discuss his legacy, and no box sets recording any of his
miracles. But then, He’d never relied on focus groups to advise him on current trends,
or advertising gurus to spend millions promoting his brand,
or spin doctors to sharpen his image, and he didn’t require social media to keep his followers up to date,
so you could be forgiven for assuming he’d be forgotten in a few days.
So how can one explain that over two thousand years later,
Jesus Christ is still known the best-known celebrity on earth?
Could it just be that He was the Son of God?

Father Tim

Filling the Christ shaped hole in the heart of England

Contact Rev Tim Fernyhough, Rector of the Lambfold Benefice

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