This is the opening paragraph from Milbank’s recent article "Stale Expressions: The Management Shaped Church" in Studies in Christian Ethics 21 (2008), 117-128. Bear in mind that Milbank is an Anglican, that the article is about an Anglican initiative (Fresh Expressions), that the keywords for the article include Anglican, church and England. He writes:
"The man next to you on the GNER train going north, wired up to his laptop and his mobile simultaneously: issuing instructions about hiring, firing, sidelining, expanding here and reducing here, letting so and so in on the latest developments, leaving so and so out of them, making cautious inquiries concerning new development opportunities, closing down an unprofitable field before it sinks too many resources. Yes, he may well be a systems manager for an information technology firm. Or, he may equally well be a Baptist minister . . ."
Bloody cheek! Although the article has lots of interesting things to say. Actually, looking at the picture Milbank could easily pass for a Baptist minister – the glasses, beard and jumper combo are dead right. All he needs is a guitar. All together now "These are the days of Elijah….cos’ Radical Orthodoxy rules".