I notice from today’s Church Times that the job of gatekeeper at Lambeth Palace is being advertised.
You will control access of personnel and vehicles entering and leaving Lambeth Palace’ playing a key role within the team responsible for the security and safety of the Palace. In addition, you will process telephone calls received outside office hours, as well as informing residents of the arrival of guests.
This is probably one of the most powerful jobs in the Anglican Communion as it would enable you to keep Bishops that you did not really like waiting for no reason as they are on their way in to meet the Archbishop, therefore ensuring that the Archbishop will not heed their requests gladly as his schedule has been disrupted. Also long distance phone calls from undesirable quarters could be ‘processed’ in such a way that the post it notes with the messages on could occasionally go missing etc.
Obviously this sort of thing is wrong and bad and the likes of you and I would not do it, but I am just pointing out the possibilities so that Lambeth Palace can take this into account when interviewing and ask probing questions about lost post-it notes and the like.
Questions for Study Groups
Read this Bible verse:
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
(Psalm 84: 10)
1) What would be the advantages of the Lambeth Palace doorkeeper job over (say) a live-in vacancy in the tents of the wicked?
2) Are people with tents always wicked?
3) Is it right to sneak around the tents of the wicked during the night and remove a couple of tent pegs on your way to the lavatories?
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