If you, like me, are a fan of The Big Lebowski, then the title will mean something to you.
One of the things I have started to do recently is to take up invitations from my old theological college to occasional study days - it is always good to keep learning and reading - but one of the repeated events is over lunch where those still in training will be eager to hear what it is like when you have "passed over to the other side". There is a mix of either macho bravado or a look vaguely reminiscent of rabbits in headlights. I was there once, so I'm not knocking it.
I was talking to somebody recently who has gone back into parochial ministry after a time as chaplain in higher education. This form of ministry was, in his words, like a holiday.
Another recent conversation with somebody who, like me, was heavily involved in doing things in our Churches before ordination - and the difficult question arose
are we doing any more for the Kingdom of God now than before?
That certainly is an important question! The bric-a-brac of Church as institution and the potential for introspective cosiness in a group of people acts as a constant siren call, distracting us away from the course of our initial idealism.
Mote to follow...