Weekly Round Up: The Out of This World Edition…

…trust me, it kinda is:

  • (Not really from this week but still kinda applies to events of of this week as well) The Kouya Chronicle calls for prospective in the light of recent votes that have made the news. (With thanks to @RobinS for the tip)
  • Imagine the church sofa… but with rose wine, cushions, and less pizza left gathering dust. It might look something like Purposeful Purity. Very cool blog, except they think that Spiderman is better then Batman…
  • Looking for a last minute Christmas present? Maybe worth while checking out Patriarch, a novel based on Abraham, and available at cost price… or even cheaper… but donating to ICY might be nice.
  • Talking about Christmas, Dave Walker has helped us to understand the symbolism behind Christmas.
  • Jon Butler looks at the importance of being together.
  • And finally… This camera actually does get lifted out of this world.  (Really very cool)

Why Christmas?

Christmas.
Its a mad time really, full of dashing around making sure everyone is happy, but have you ever wondered about some of what we do at Christmas, such as:

  • Why do we have Christmas Trees?
  • Why bother sending Christmas Cards to each other?
  • Who on earth is Father Christmas anyway?
  • Where did this all start?

The WhyChristmas website aims to answer these questions of the season and many more, and worth checking out.

How to find a carol service

Want to find a carol service?

Maybe you fancy a chance to do something traditional, eat some mince pies, sing a few carols by candle light, or something?

Well if you’re in the Exeter area then you have www.findacarolservice.com, yes the picture is a little cheesy, yes there is  bug in the database (put a space in your post code – or its odd), and no my own C of E church isn’t in there… oh and there seems to be a church called NULL…

…but I do like the idea.

(With hand tip to the mouse.)

X Factor Nakedness? Really?

<Controversial Opinion Incoming>

So the X Factor this weekend… Christina and Rihanna… what is the shock and surprise about?

Lets think about it. The X Factor is a TV ‘talent’ show aimed at courting publicity, and making money… They have two singers who are known for not being fully dressed during their performances…

What was really going to happen?

The thing that we’re really wondering is why are we so obsessed with people that we’ve never met before and that we see in miniature form doing silly things, when we still don’t know the name of our neighbour… but I suppose its easier to get rid of miniature people…

Weekly Round Up: The ‘Warning: religious symbolism’ Edition

What is Church About?

Heres some of the best we’ve come across this week:

  • Phil Ritchie has picked up on the fact that it seems that Religious Symbolism is something that Film 2010 feels people need to be warned about. Heres the Film2010 review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – I was kinda amazed at the comments as well.
  • Whats a “Christian Tree”? According to the news broadcast I caught one has been cut down in Glastonbury. BBC News has the info…
  • Does the name Gavin Peacock ring a bell? Ever wondered what happened to him? The Independent has the answers… even if his name doesn’t ring a bell its an interesting article about a former footballer becoming a preacher man.
  • And finally… What would an atheist nativity play look like? (Warning: Humour Needed!)

So… Liam Neeson doesn’t get it…

Alright. So it seems that Liam Neeson has come out and said:

‘Aslan symbolises a Christ-like figure but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.

‘That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.’

Cue. Outrage.

According to Digital Spy:

… Lewis’s former secretary and trustee of his estate Walter Hooper blasted Neeson for the comments, stating: “It is nothing whatever to do with Islam. Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that the ‘whole Narnian story is about Christ’. Lewis could not have been clearer.”

He continued: “I don’t know Liam Neeson or what he is thinking about… but it was not Lewis’s intention.”

Former editor of The Catholic Herald William Oddie also criticised Neeson for the remarks, calling them “a betrayal” and “shameful distortion” of Lewis’s novels.

“Aslan is clearly established from the very beginning of the whole cannon as being a Christ figure,” he said. “I can’t believe that Liam Neeson is so stupid as not to know.”

So?

The poor guy has his own opinion about Aslan, and because its not the typical Christian answer people are having a go? One thing I could never quite understand was that people seem to have a pop at Harry Potter, because it features magic, monsters, witches, and so on and so forth… while Narnia is about God.

Maybe we stop assuming people know what the big church stuff is all about?

Movie Line

Daily Mail (Sorry)