Jeff Sessions, And That Bible Quote…

Have you heard the thing about the american Attorney General Jess Sessions, and his attempt at using the Bible to justify current practice of separating immigrant parents and children.

Wondering what Jess Sessions actually said?

Here it is… or at least a only slightly edited version of it…

I’m sure there are a number of other Bible verses that can be picked out the air for something like this. What other verses could he have said?

Isn’t using the Bible to encourage people to not question the law a little… I don’t know… dodgy?

 

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Soul Survivor. Good Bye.

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Mike Pilavachi from Soul Survivor, has announced, the Soul Survivor Festivals are to close.

There’s a text version of the above found at the Soul Survivor website, which includes a snippet which I’m sure I remember from my Soul Survivor Days. (20 – ish years ago)

“we know that God said, ‘I will build my church’ – he never said, ‘I will build my Soul Survivor’. Our passion has always been to support the local church where faith is lived out as family week in and week out, not to create our own movement.”

I can’t help but think that closing 5 (I think), festivals really shows this.

There was a temptation to say something rude / sarcastic / silly…something a bit “Church Sofa” about all this.

I can’t.

For all the Live CDs, the festivals, books, Delirious / Tree / Sarah Mason gigs.

For that silly Bible365 thing we did on The Sofa.

For the interestingly quiet queues for the shower (during the alter calls).

I guess.

Thank you.

(In case you need something more silly to read, can I suggested “Spreading Joy At A Christian Festival“, and the related posts – they are possibly inspired in some way by Soul Survivor. Possibly.)

 

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Trying Out The C of E Amazon Alexa Skill

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Want to understand the Church of England a bit more? You can know ask Amazon Alexa.

Alexa, Amazons voice assistant that is available on everything from the Amazon Echo / Dot devices to various tablets and TV sticks, has the option to install a skill that allows users to ask extra questions… about almost anything (presuming the right skill has been installed.)

The Church of England Skill?

Well according to the Amazon website you can ask questions such as…

• To read the prayer for the day
• For grace before a meal
• To read the Lord’s Prayer
• What is the Bible?
• Say a bedtime prayer
• Who is the Archbishop of Canterbury?
• Find my nearest church
• Can I get married in church?

The Amazon page for The C of E Skill has more details, and the links to enable the skill on your device.

Perhaps I just wanted to say “Open the Church of England”, but I figured I would give it ago…

I also wondered what Alexa would be like at saying Grace…

On the surface I guess it may seem like an oddity, but its good to see the good old Church of England, branching out and doing something a little different to engage with people.

Check out The Church Times for a proper report into this, but be warned. That website contains far less Lego figures.

Question. If the Baptist Union creates an Alexa skill, and we installed that on one Echo Dot, and we installed the C of E skill on another Amazon device, would they argue about baptism between the two of them?

(On a side note, this may be the first ever Church Sofa that features my voice. Before I know it, I’ll be producing a podcast or a vlog or something)

 

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“That Sermon” from The Royal Wedding.

Did you avoid watching The Royal Wedding?

But have you heard people (including The Sofa) rave about the sermon?

Want to know what people are going on about, with out… watching The Royal Wedding?

Here you go…

ALSO…

In case you missed it, here is Sky News interviewing Archbish Justin, and Bish Curry… the subject of the above sermon came up…

Thoughts?

 

 

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Dear America,

I remember hearing about you when I was growing up.

I saw your movies.

I saw your TV shows. (Seriously, thank you for the X Files).

I heard about the food.

Your larger than life personalities seemed cooler then us Brits, and heck. Even your politicians seemed more interesting then what we had. In fact.
That’s probably still the case.

You gave the world Ghostbusters.

You have Disney World – which back then seemed like a far away wonderland of excitement.

You even have New York.

My point?

You are better then the news we are hearing. Please be great, and do something about gun safety.

 

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“Donald Trump Will Be The Next President of The United States Again”

According to Frank Amedia, appearing on Jim Bakkers show in America. God has given him permission to say that “Donald Trump Will Be The Next President of The United States Again”.

Does this suggest that the fight for the next US election has already began? If so, is the tactic to say something along the lines of “God wants Trump to be president”, enough times that people accept it as truth?

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Franklin Graham on Sin, Morale Failures, and Donald Trump

Remember Franklin Graham? The guy in charge of Samaritans Purse, featured in Donald Trumps Inauguration, and this video.

Here’s an interview where he talks about a wall needing to keep out “dangerous people” from America, that there is a business man as a president, and if Donald Trump as a sin problem.  (spoiler – Franklin Graham doesn’t say yes to that).

Interestingly, the video is called hypocrisy…

Honest question. How would an IRS audit make a company feel targeted, isn’t completing audits, something the IRS does? 

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Tim Farron And Those Comments About Gay Sex…

You may have read articles around about Tim Farron regretting saying that he did not believe gay sex was a sin.

That seems to be the headline the internet has picked up – but the rest of his interview is worth a listen / watch to.

Side note. At what point did we start watching radio interviews?

 

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