Jennifer Knapp – does anyone really care?

Jennifer KnappFor those people who haven’t heard of her, Jennifer Knapp was a semi famous Christian singer back in the late 90s. I say semi famous because… well you’d have to have known about Christian music to have heard of her. (It may have been different in America).

I’m starting to see her name pop up again on Twitter and various RSS feeds. Not because her first album in nearly ten years is any good but because she has come out as being gay… oh… and she has a new album as well.

Cross Rhythms has an interesting article called Jennifer Knapp’s sexuality causes controversy in US Christian retail – it asks stores in America if they are stocking her new album… and asks why not. The response mostly seems to be “no – no one has heard of her”. Where stores have taken her album of the shelves, the sentiment seems to be “Thank God for Grace”.

I cant help but wonder if the Christian Press has made a bigger deal out of Jennifer Knapp being a lesbian then is needed, and in the process giving her a bag full of free publicity.

While we’re on the topic, if you’ve not heard the album you should get yourself over to the Jennifer Knapp website. Here you can listen to her new album for free, and find out that its actually pretty good!

Lets talk about the music.

Cross Rhythms

Christianity Today

(In case you’re wondering, this is an updated blog post from an old blog)

Vicar tells Christians to get swearing

I’m trying to get my head around this:

According to the Telegraph, the Rev Land feels that the Church needs to update its images by Christians swearing more:

Reverend Michael Land, 67, said Christians needed to adopt swearing in their everyday language because it is how Jesus would have spoken.

He said too many people put Jesus “on a pedestal” and failed to realise that he was poor, relatively uneducated and preferred not to mix with the elite of his day.

He added that the Church risked becoming out of touch with ordinary people if its clergy did not become “streetwise” and failed to use earthy language. Rev Land even backed up his suggestion with the admission that once, while driving and wearing his dog collar, he had beeped at another motorist who almost caused an accident then wound down his window and swore at him.

It goes on…

“I wound my window down and said ‘why don’t you learn to f***ing drive’. He just walked away. I don’t think he could believe it. “I did not remove my clerical collar, why should I? I did it then and I’d do it again, I’m not afraid to tell it how it is even if that means swearing. “Just because I am a vicar I am not a soft touch “The church needs to modernise and that means keeping up with the trends in language.”

Seriously… what?

Christians are called to stand apart and to make a difference. We are meant to have attitudes that reflect who Jesus is, how does swearing make us stand apart? How does it show a positive Jesus centred attitude? I do sometimes wonder how good I am at this whole Christian thing, and I just find the Rev Lands comments confusing.

How does the fact that we call ourselves Christian show?

(Thanks to the Churchmouse for pointing people to this article)

Nayara Goncalves – The worlds best preacher?

Imagine the scene.

You’re at the shop where you work. You’ve worked there for a while, in fact you’re the manager. The week was the same as normal, you went to church on the Sunday, you go back to work on the Monday. Its now the Friday and church is just about a distant memory.

As you’re about to slide deep into the same day to day routine, this guy with a mask on comes in. He has a gun. He’s asking for money.

Do you:
A) Duck and run.
B) Give the dude what ever he wants… knowing you’ll probably have to make up the shortfall.
C) Talk to the guy about Jesus.

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Indescribable…

…The feeling of sitting down on your sofa. You have a drink in hand, control of the TV and for just that one brilliant, shining moment, all sits well with the world.

You then realise that maybe, just maybe you should be at Church…it is 11am on a Sunday after all, and you’ve kinda figured that this God thing works best in a group. So you get your ass off to Church, but you can’t tear your mind away from that sofa back at home.

This is a website from 2 blokes who love God, want to do the whole Church thing but feel more comfortable on that sofa.