The Christianity Exam. The Second Paper.

What if… You joined a new Church, but before you were allowed to settle there, you had to prove you were a Christian? What they ask you questions about the Bible? Would they make you sit an exam about Bible things, to prove you’re a Christian?

We wondered last year what a Christian Exam Paper would look like… but what if you managed to pass that?

What would a second Christian Exam Paper look like?

How about something like this?

The Christianity Exams have been inspired by this BBC Report, into how Christian converts seeking asylum into the UK are treated by the Home Office.

Are you afraid to talk about Christmas in your workplace?

Are you afraid to talk about Christmas in your workplace? That’s the question people seem to be asking themselves, after MP Fiona Bruce asked the following in Parliament:

I wonder if most people struggle to NOT talk about Christmas at this time of year.

There seems to be an undercurrent in this question, that is to suggest that Christians don’t feel free to discuss their beliefs in this country. I wonder if this really is the case? Or are we being told something, in the hope that if we hear it enough, we believe it?

Look. If someone at your office doesn’t want to talk about Christmas, its more likely they want to get on with work, rather then prosecute you for being a Christian.

What do you think? Is Fiona Bruce asking an important question? Are you afraid to talk about Christmas in your workplace? Do you think its all a matter of perception? 

Christianity. The Exam.

What if… You joined a new Church, but before you were allowed to settle there, you had to prove you were a Christian? What they ask you questions about the Bible? Would they make you sit an exam about Bible things, to prove you’re a Christian?

If they did, would a Christian Exam Paper look something like this?


The above may have been inspired by reports of Christian refugees being quizzed on Bible knowledge. Read the BBC website for more information.

What happens on a PCC Away Day?

Upon hearing that our church PCC was making plans for a PCC Away Day, we couldn’t help but wonder what on earth would happen during such a surreal sounding event. We tried asking the current PCC members, but they just looked at us and backed away. With our curiosity somewhat increased, we tracked down some ex PCC members within the safe houses deep within the Devon hills.

Through hushed tones, and wild startled looks, here are ten activities that we heard take place during a PCC Away day*.

  1. There are meetings, and discussions during the day. Any disagreements are resolved by Cage fighting between the people involved in the disagreement. Last one standing wins the “discussion”.
  2. In order to encourage team unity, Beards are drawn on each other.
  3. Bible Bingo. Open your bible, stick your pen in, and choose the verse you’re pointing at to argue your point.
  4. During a meeting, you may get bored. During such times: Close your eyes. Pretend you’re elsewhere. Open your eyes. Talk in the accent of that particular place.
  5. Its good to mix things up once in awhile. So everyone puts their particular responsibilities onto a slip of paper which is dropped into a hat. PCC members then draw out new responsibilities. Holding that slip of paper now means you’re an expert in that field, and cant be wrong.
  6. In order to be responsible for Church worship, you have to win “PCC X Factor”!
  7. In case of discussion about the church website, everyone’s opinions are written down. They are all implemented.
  8. Come the mid afternoon, some sort of activity is needed to build up team spirits again. PCCs split into teams, and then see which team can build the biggest tower out of marshmallow and spaghetti. Destroying towers belonging to other teams is not just allowed, its encouraged.
  9. Another team building game is the classic: “Pin the rude post it note on the Church Warden”.
  10. When all else fails,a coin toss is used to resolve “discussions”.

*We may have heard wrongly.

Top Things Remembered From A Sermon

Isn’t the Church Sermon great? After all, they are a chance to sleep, write silly blog posts, make paper aeroplanes, order pizza, hear and learn Gods wisdom through the study of his word. But the challenge for anyone giving the sermon in church is to ensure they get, and keep peoples attention*. Even the most charismatic of preachers cant stop everyone from being distracted from the sermon they are giving.

We asked a group of people what they were distracted by remembered from sermons over the last month.

  1. That noisy baby / toddler perfectly positioned behind your good ear.
  2. That coughing fit the old dear sitting near you had. Leading you to spend the rest of the service, keeping an eye on her, whilst trying to remember your fist aid training.
  3. The person behind you spilling their glass of water ALL over the place.
  4. Being distracted by calculating the flat surface a full glass of water can cover, once spilt.
  5. The plans for Sunday Roast your head came up with, only two minutes into the sermon.
  6. The last time you heard that illustration.
  7. Wondering if last weeks preacher was funnier.
  8. When you played the game of “Guessing the age of the guest speaker from the clues dropped in their sermon.”
  9. The first and third times when a children’s worker appeared, and you wondered if it was your child that was upset.
  10. That moment of hope when the preacher said “I’ll close on this point”

*Yes we are aware that there are other things, such as being theologically sound, hearing from God, etc…

What do you remember from your last sermon?