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…
… 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…
Try and read what you’re sending to people.
Unless you want your communication to be screenshot and sent over Facebook, which, could be an interesting evangelism strategy.
Anyone want to try it?
Read the story about this at Huffington Post.
Normally when this blog discusses Church seating arrangements, it is in the context of arguing between the use of chairs or Church pews.
Today, I’d like to present the above diagram, showing how seats can be arranged in Church.
As you can see, the seats are presented in a semicircle, giving the speaker a fantastic chance to engage with as many people as possible.
It also means that preschoolers can wave and shout hello at each other during the service.
How do you arrange you seats in church, and why is that a silly move?
(Yes the above diagram was indeed written on the back of a Church Notice Sheet, during a church service.
Can you spot the moment when I felt I should stand up during worship?)
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but its hot. Well its hot in Devon anyway.
I imagine its also hot elsewhere.
Its also hot in Churches around England.
So how do you deal with Church, when you turn up and its massively hot?
Here are our ten ideas of how to stay cool in church when its massively hot.
- Open the flipping windows!
- Have a mass baptism service. Just get everyone into the baptism pool. If nothing else it will cool everyone down.
- Give Pizza Hut a call, get a ice cream delivery, yes – to be delivered during the service.
- Relocate the church service to the nearest mountain top / river bed / supermarket freezer cabinets.
- Give out emergency water bottles.
- Install cold showers at the back of the church.
- Decrease the chance of any one fainting during the service and just edit EVERYTHING down!
- Giant air fans. Everywhere!
- Swap out bread and wine for ice cream.
- Naked church.
Any other ideas?
Everything on this earth changes. TV Shows end, The Doctor regenerates, and pizza gets eaten. On a similar note, you may not stay at your church forever. One day, you may well find yourself looking for a different church to worship at.
The reasons why you’re looking for a new church may vary, perhaps there were theological differences about the arrangement of the chairs? Maybe you were put off by the new lady preacher? Or maybe… you either just fancy a change / ‘called’ to a different church / moved to a different area.
Whatever your reason, here are 10 things to look out for in a new Church:
- Does the Church meet at a reasonable time on a Sunday morning?
- Obviously your new church must be exactly like the Church in Ephesians Chapter 4.
- Make sure the preacher agrees with your understanding of the Bible.
- Ensure the worship music is YOUR style of music.
- Is it a mature Church?
- Does this church have the correct understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit and how that work is manifested?
- Is the truth spoken by people “in love”?
- Is the coffee drinkable?
- The minister is someone who is charismatic, sensitive, clever, musically gifted, open to questions, a natural charismatic, time for everyone, always smiling, and driving the growth of the church.
- Remember. Looking for a church exactly the same as your old church is ridiculous. No one can clone that many people at an affordable price. Yet.
Any other ideas?