Revs Tom and James are joined this week once again by the inimitable Rev Daniel French.
Topics for discussion include: a new era of prohibitionism as pubs may be allowed to reopen but without any alcohol - we ask, "Is it worth going to one in that case?"; the omni-competent and benevolent Matt Hancock threatens to throw citizens in jail for ten years unless they tell him where they've been on their hols, obviously a proportionate and humane measure in these uncertain times; clergyman Jarel Robinson-Brown said this week that he didn't want to join in a national clap for Sir Captain Tom Moore, involving the Church of England authorities in a game of self-imposed Twister as they conduct a review of the incident followed by multiple internal and external counter-reviews and reviews of the initial review - are we doing a good job of communicating the saving message of the Gospel to our culture through these shenanigans?; we also review an article in the Church Times which claims that we need a new ecclesiastical digital supremo to help us go fully digital, which we are assured is not an inferior form of worship but the way forward for lots of people and parishes - hmmmmm....
Finally, we end with some listener correspondence, part of which constitutes a new rewriting of the Bible for our Covidtide era, starting with a new version of the Good Samaritan.
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