Only one name per group please!

Imagine a world where no two churches are allowed to have the same name. If a second church opens with the same name, then one church will sue the other for the right to use that name.

So there would only one “St Peters Church”, only one “City Community Church”, and yes. Only one “Baptist Church”.

The same rules apply to youthgroups, housegroups, and any other ‘groups’.

Want to know what I’m on about?

Well check out:

Steelroots.com – the website for a Christian youth television company based in America.

Steelroots.org.uk – the website for a Church youth group.

The cease and desist letter that one has sent the other…

Shout out to Dave Walker for bringing this to peoples attention.

Beer and Bible

Now heres something a little special from the world of Chelmsford and the brain of Phil Ritchie.

As part of the Bible Year 2011 initiative, the “Beer and Bible” initiative is there to encourage public reading of the Bible in 200 pubs around the Chelmsford area, with a focus on seasonal times such as Easter.

The Church Sofa lads are fans of both the Bible and Beer, and any excuse to combine the two is worth celebrating.

Personally speaking one of my most peaceful months for a few months was spent next to the River Exe in Exeter, pint in hand, while reading 1 John. It was a nice pint by the way…

Phils Treehouse

Beer and Bible on Twitter

When was the last time you read the Bible?

We had a bit of a heart to heart earlier, and well… Housegroup / youth group preparation / Church services aside… we’re not great Bible readers…

So I thought I would ask how you guys are doing?

When was the last time you read the Bible, not including the above mentioned events, or “The Blokes Bible”, “Street Bible” etc…

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The results will be announced when we have enough replies to make a meaningful comment.

This Week’s RoundUp

Every now and then – when we can, we’re going to try and round up the best of some of the best blogs, articles, and websites we find online. Here’s our first lot:

  • The CNN Belief blog takes a look at the belief of the Chilean miners, and how they came across some Jesus T Shirts. On that note… Can we get some?
  • It seems that Dave Walker has hasn’t really been elected to the General Synod. Personally speaking…I think its simply an elaborate double bluff…
  • The Urban Pastor talks us through the best ways to ruin your small group / housegroup / homegroup. I’m quite a fan of number 1…
  • Scott Gould asks “Who Is Your Phyllis Wills?” – powerful stuff!
  • From the makers of thechurchsofa, we present our own site dedicated to Dartmoor. The site is a directory of some of the best Activities, and places to stay in Dartmoor, Devon, please feel free to check it and let us know what you think.

Have you got any suggestions for our next round up? Please drop us a DM on Twitter – or in fact, leave a comment below and let us all know!

Do you have experience of Soul?

Recently I’ve been pondering over the “Soul” section of the Christianity Explored. Now I think it looks quite glossy and almost cool. Has anyone out there got experience of using this DVD in their youth club? Would it be suitable to a bunch of young teens who struggle with staying still, and dont really want to hear about God?

What is the Natwivity?

Well I came across The Natwivity, via the world of Twitter. Wondering what its about? Read on!

This Christmas, parents and grandparents will attend their childrens’ schools to watch their miniature shepherds, angels and inn keepers perform the Nativity story. This traditional retelling remains a huge part of Christmas in the UK and, for many, will be the only time they hear the Christmas message.

But many others – particularly those in their teens, 20s and 30s who are yet to have children – won’t have this opportunity. This is the internet generation, and although they are unlikely to cross the threshold of a school, they do spend a considerable amount of their time online.

The Natwivity (the Twitter Nativity) takes advantage of social media’s unparalleled capacity to engage people as they go about their everyday life to re-tell the Christmas story in a fresh, personal way. Available on Twitter and Facebook, people will be able to pick up the ‘tweets’ online in their homes, in the high street using their phones and at work.

The Natwivity will give this famous story an immediate, real-life feel, transforming them from people 2,000 years ago to friends of the user, who are going through the drama now. Followers will be able to read Mary’s angst as she tries to come to terms with the birth of her child, and hear from the stunned shepherds after their encounter with an angel.

Each 140-character entry will be a thought or comment from Mary, Joseph, collective wisemen and shepherds, with further entries from Herod, an Inn Keeper (and his wife) and friends of Mary and Joseph.

You can follow The Natwivity on Twitter, or find out more information from here.

Micah Challenge

If you read the Bible, it would be hard to not notice that the God we follow likes justice. And that He likes mercy. Both are themes that come up far more often that faith or worship, yet often we focus on these much more.  One of my favourite books in the Bible is one of the minor prophets, Micah. A lot of what is contained here is about justice and mercy. And that is what the Micah challenge is all about.

Martin Smith “You Have Shown Us” (Micah Challenge) from Small Seed Films on Vimeo.

Micah Challenge are asking 100 million people to pray and petition in support of the Millennium Development Goal to halve global poverty by 2015. They will be hosting events and campaign activities around the world. You can find out more and get involved at micah2010.org

Martin Smith, above, gives a performance of ‘You have shown us from the CompassionArt album. CompassionArt is a charity that joins the dots between art and poverty: compassionart.tv

I think this is a challenge to all of us today, how do we show justice and mercy whilst walking humbly with God in our local church and community and on a global scale. How should we act in the places where we are?