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I love this small segment of Acts Chapter 14:
19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
Two simple reasons.
Paul had found himself in the sort of position where he was mistaken for a dead man. He simply got up, and went back into the city. (Picture the look on the disciples faces).
Secondly. Those disciples. Simply there for Paul when it looked like the end.
How do we help people raise after they fall?
(h/t to @DoSomethingUK for the title idea)
Cant help but prefer take on Luke chapter 1 that The Massage has on it compared to the NIV. (Which the Soul Survivor bible uses)
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It’s with great regret that we have to tell you all this.
The Church Sofa is no more.
It’s been a hard few months and we’ve been trying to keep it going but unfortunately we are now unable to work together on this project. Some of you who know us personally might have heard us arguing more and more lately about whether we should have chairs or pews, in fact the other Andy even mentioned rebranding as the church pew. You’ll be able to keep up with us individually on twitter/facebook etc. but as we said The Church Sofa has had it’s cushions removed and is no longer workable.
It’s been a great couple of years and we will miss the sofa dearly and we’re eternally grateful to all the people who we’ve met along the way.
Welcome to the weekly roundup for this week:
- Getting us started… the Liturgy blog has picked up on the campaign by Biblical Missiology against some choices that organisations like Wycliffe, Frontiers and SIL are making in their Bible translations
- Archbishop Cranmer brings a very sensible response to the said “campaign”. (On a personal note, I’ve heard how great these translations are, and how much they help discussing Christ in a non Western context. Long may the great work of Wycliffe and others continue!)
- Richard Littledale has a well spent 30 seconds.
- The Rev Giles Fraser asks Richard Dawkins a simple question…
- Continuing the Mars Hill / Church Discipline saga, christianitytoday.com has a story on leaders being “removed from ministry” (h/t
- …in case you missed it, it was Valentines day this week… here are 10 ways to have a horrible first date if you’re a Christian.
For those times which you feel compelled to misbehave, we’re proud to present; 10 Ways to put off the preacher / speaker:
- They’ve dressed smart! You never see them that smart. Point and laugh before he goes up the front
- He’s shaved. Every time he looks at you… Stroke your beard. If you have a beard.
- Does he have his phone on silent? Text him… Find out…
- Silent. Deadly. See if it reaches the speaker.
- Remember that large phone from Trigger Happy Tv? That.
- Wear masks during the sermon. Claim you’re joining #OccupyTheSermon movement.
- Every time the speaker looks at you. Wink.
- Keep an eye on the football scores, hold up score cards during the service.
- Have a child in need of winding, and may possibly spit up? Pass the kid over to the speaker to sort just before the service…forget the cloth…
- Preaching from an iPad? Tweet him / her… See what happens
I’d like to tell you a story. And in true Church Sofa style it goes like this
The other night we were at the pub. And eventually got to talking specifically about The Church Sofa, we reflected on the Lego Easter series, and started coming up with some possibly very stupid ideas for Christmas and next Easter (it’s true we do plan that far ahead…ish). And we decided it might be kinda cool if we start doing a Church Sofa reflection/devotion type thing. The aim would be for this to go to being once a week but might start off closer to one a month.
I thought I’d float the idea out and see if anyone had any suggestions on first of all people might want this, and perhaps for any content you might want to see in them.