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The Bone-Lazy Pastor - Tim Challies

The Bone-Lazy Pastor – Tim Challies

One of my kinfolk, an ideal uncle, was a pastora clergyman for the Church of England who served in Canadas province of Quebec. Household lore is that he was not a very good pastor. My mom was lately sorting by some outdated household papers and got here throughout a letter that would appear to say that the lore relies on truth. This letter was despatched to him in 1942 by the Proper Reverend Philip Carrington, Bishop of Quebec. I dont know something a lot about Carrington, however I like his forthrightness!

My Pricey [Name],

You requested me once more a couple of chaplaincy after I referred to as on you a month in the past. I’m going to let you know the brutal reality. I don’t see that you’d make a great chaplain. Once I ordained you six years in the past, I did so as a result of (regardless of appearances) I believed you had qualities of power and devotion and onerous work, and sure talents in the way in which of coping with males and boys. I appointed you to Hatley as a result of I nonetheless had the identical impression. You confirmed sure indicators of power while you first went to Grosse Ile, however they didn’t seem once more till your quick keep at Ayers Cliff. Since then they’ve disappeared. The women work at Ayers Cliff has disappeared, too. So has the younger peoples work at Hatley. I listened to your excuses and was not satisfied. I such as you, as you already know; however friendship should not blind the eyes to details. If in case you have not satisfied me that you’re working, it is vitally unlikely that you simply are working. The reality, I now suspect, is that you’re bone-lazy. You dont attend deanery conferences; you didn’t ship a boy to our camp; you might be as pleasant and sociable as may be; you do some visiting. My pricey Invoice, it isnt adequate. You have to get all the way down to onerous, energetic methodical labour. I shall come, if attainable, within the fall, and see how you might be getting on.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Quebec

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