Any you would add?
In case you’ve not heard, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now released. Rogue One, while not one of “the prequels” is set soon before the original Star Wars, and is a good fun watch for fans of the first Star Wars movies, and people who want to start watching them. (But you will so miss the fan service that takes place)
As there is a new Star Wars film, it feels right to continue the series looking at What The Church Can Learn from Star Wars. (Please see here for the look at the original trilogy, or here for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.)
Obviously, there be spoilers for the new Star Wars movie ahead. Not massive spoilers – and probably more like hints… but they are still spoilers! If you care about spoilers, please go and watch the new movie first, then come back!
Please scroll past Darth Spoiler Vader to read What the Church can learn from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Any more you could add?
As always. Any problems with these, please let Disney know.
What Does Church Mean To You? As a Christian, if someone asked me that question, I’d probably give a very nice stock “Google” type answer. Something like “a building used for public Christian worship”, or “A body of believers”. (Which, when you think about it, doesn’t make much sense really).
I guess, what I’m saying is that if someone asked me, what does Church mean to me, I would struggle to put my answer into words. And I’m fairly sure, I’m not the only person who feels this way.
With that in mind, Sofa has designed this little wheel for anyone else who struggles to find the words to answer, “What Does Church Mean To You?”
Are there any additions you would add?
So, lets face it. 2016 is an interesting year. With arguably negative political campaigns held on either side of the Atlantic, leading to negativity spilling out of the newspapers and impacting people in a real way. It feels like the world is leaving 2016 in a far more negative place then when it entered it.
I’m not going to write a full discourse looking at why this may be the case, instead I’m going to look at a few ideas of what could be done to improve matters. (There’s no way of phrasing the next sentence without being cheesy) How can we spread more love in 2016?
Because volunteers are awesome, and there’s probably something out there you’d like doing. (I personally know of opportunities to cook, and build lego.*) If nothing else, doing something good might help to improve your CV.
Like these guys…
A photo posted by Love Letters 2 Strangers (@loveletters2strangers) on
Because who doesn’t love free food?
(Doesn’t have to look this nice)
Step 1. Order loads of these stickers from Amazon.
Step 2. PUT THEM EVERYWHERE!!!!
Any other suggestions you’d like to share?
*These are two separate volunteer positions, at different places. There isn’t a magical place where you cook AND play with lego…. I dont think.
Well. Winter time is now here. The nights are darker, and the colder months are here. Before we snuggle together for warmth too much, let’s pause and consider how a Christian should keep warm.
We asked a number of high profile (and therefore Godly) Christians, how they keep their church nice and warm. Here are the tips we picked up.
Any other ideas?
* Obviously, this might be a joke**.
** Actually DONT DO THIS.***
*** If you do… dont blame the Sofa for the state of the floor afterwards… or the state of anyone or anything else!
One thing that Churches seem to have got right is the idea that work gets done, when its done in team. You get church welcoming teams, set up teams, preaching teams, youth teams, pastoral care teams, communication teams, coffee teams, sound teams, set up set up teams, etc.
Sofa wonders how often time is found for good old fashioned team building exercises in church, as opposed to committee style meetings? What would a team building exercise look like in a church context anyway?
Here are a few ideas.
Any other ideas?
*Please note, I am really joking
Have you ever felt a bit overwhelmed by people? Particularly talking to a lot of different people at the same time? How about the extrovert festival that is “The Peace” in many churches?
Have you ever wondered if there was a different way to share “The Peace” in your church? Well we’ve put together 10 ways for you to share the peace next Sunday:
Any other ideas?
Over the next month and a half there will be various Christian Festivals all around England, that will attract many Christians from all different Churches over the place. With festivals such as Momentum, New Wine, Soul Survivor, Keswick, Greenbelt. and Creation Fest, there are plenty to choose from.
As its the Summer Christian Festival Season, it is also time for the annual Church Sofa list of the best ways to create trouble at a Christian Festival… Consider this list in case you get bored or something…
Any that you would like to add?
For more ideas, please check out last years list, 10 Ways To Manage Mischief At A Christian Festival.
Disclaimer: Do any of these at your own risk, the Sofa takes no responsibility for any trouble that happens to you if you do this, but if you do end up in Christian Festival Jail, please let us know what that’s like.
*As if you do this anywhere else, people may look at you strangely
** I may have checked the spelling of that a few times.
In case you missed it, a follow up to the
Christian Gorefest The Passion Of The Christ is being planned. According to Den of Geek:
A huge hit on its original release in 2004, Mel Gibson’s bloody, violent The Passion Of The Christ remains the most successful independent movie of all time. It brought in over $600m in worldwide ticket sales, costing just $30m to make.
Gibson’s new film as director, Hacksaw Ridge, has begun screening, and once it’s released, it might just be that he turns his attention to a The Passion Of The Christ sequel.
Screenwriter Randall Wallace has revealed that he’s working on a screenplay for a new film, which this time would follow the story of the resurrection of Jesus. And whilst Gibson hasn’t confirmed the story, Wallace has, and the pair are said to be working together on the new project.
While it seems the The Passion Of The Christ sequel may focus on what happened after the resurrection, we wondered how this may be presented on screen, in a manner that the fans of the original movie may appreciate.
Here are a couple of potential plotlines / titles we’ve written for The Passion Of The Christ 2:
What would you like to see in the new movie?