Would this make toasted Holy Spirit Marshmallows?
Are we still here?
Has the world ended?
Have we all been raptured and this is Heaven / Hell?
Or are we imagining that we’re all alive?
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.
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).
(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.)
When prayer meets politics?
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)
Can I have a word about that sermon during the Royal Wedding?
You know the one that has had its text printed on websites all over the place.
There seems to be a number of comments about the length of the sermon, with the question being. Was the sermon too long?
I’m interested in what you think?
Personally I think it was quick compared to many… many sermons I’ve heard.
Please vote on my Twitter poll to tell me how long a sermon should be…
Ok… how long is too long for a sermon?
— The Church Sofa (@TheChurchSofa) May 19, 2018
… or leave a comment below!
Are you used to 60 min plus sermons? Do you feel short changed by anything less than 20 minutes? Do you drift off after 9 minutes?
Let me know below…