Weekly RoundUp: The Really Almost Christmas Edition

Its almost Christmas, so the Christmas flavor is increasing:

  • But before we delve into Christmas, The New Kid on The Blog learns to say no.
  • Looking at David Cameron’s speech on Christianity, the Spectator Blog asks if he missed the point?
  • Andrew Kelsall ponders how long it will take to tweet the whole Bible… one verse… a… day… (Answer: A long time).
  • Moving into the Christmas stuff… The Ship of Fools asks, “Did you play Mary?
  • Digital Spy reports on a Dating Site… mixing the nativity, with ebay…
  • Do you seem to like food? Ben Sinclair has some tips on avoiding the Christmas Belly!
  • And Finally…  JesusNeedsnewPR presents the WORST nativity you will see this year… if not EVER!!!!!!!

Weekly Round Up: The Star Edition

Its getting nearer Christmas, so take a break from the Christmas shopping (which I’m avoiding), and catch up with some weird and wonderful stuff we’ve found online:

Bah Humbug?

Two things.

I love Christmas. Really I do. I love warm mulled wine, the taste of warm spicy apple, Christmas decorations, good will to all men – and all that. I love the fact that the combination of Christmas and New Years is a ready made excuse to catch up with friends and family. I’ve not even mentioned The Doctor Who Christmas special…

Also. Even with its bag full of faults, I also love the Church. A group of people trying to live like Christ? When it goes well, it’s one of the most beautiful things to be part of.

So. Why do I get particularly bored of Church at Christmas? I don’t mean the church I go along to, I mean the whole lot. When I say “the whole lot”, I mean the the carol services, the readings, the carol services, nativities, and more Carol services.

I just can’t help but find approx 6 services with the same readings and same old tunes a tad on the predictable side.

I’ve not even got started on “Away in a Manger” or the lyrical contents of other Christmas Carol tunes… Thinking about it, are there any Christmas worship tunes?

Well…

What advice do I have for anyone else who may also feel the grumps about Christmas? Simply put. Find a way to engage with the Nativity. Be it by watching the latest high budget non glossy production on TV, following either someone like @natwivity or @sofachristmas, following a reading plan on YouVersion, or simply just read it for yourself in the Bible. Let’s face it, we all ‘know’ the story but how much could there be that we’ve missed? Or forgotten? After all they say it’s the greatest story ever told and when we really ‘get it’ it probably is…

Engage with it the way you can, then get back to church. Because even through it feels predictable, that can be what people are looking for at this time of year.

Over to you.

  • What do you think of the Church at Christmas? Is it predictable or special?
  • Do you also have an attack of the “Bah Humbugs” during particular Christmas Carols?

Have You Taken The Salvation Challenge?

What is the Salvation Challenge Board Game?

Well according to Amazon:

Each player has one million in kingdom cash. The players get saved by landing on Calvary and making the salvation call, “Jesus save me.” After getting saved the players enter a race to see who can be the first to give all of their cash to missionaries to further advance God’s Kingdom. The winner of the game is the first player to get saved and then give all of their cash to missions.

Sounds complicated? Maybe?

Sound fun to you?

(h/t Christian Nightmares )

 

Weekly Roundup: The Almost Christmas Edition

Well.

Its the first weekend of December. Is it Christmas yet?

Anyway… getting on with it:

The Weekly Roundup: The #1stManStanding Edition

Welcome to this weeks round up:

Ten New Ways To Put Off The Preacher.

For those times which you feel compelled to misbehave, we’re proud to present; 10 Ways to put off the preacher / speaker:

  1. They’ve dressed smart! You never see them that smart. Point and laugh before he goes up the front
  2. He’s shaved. Every time he looks at you… Stroke your beard. If you have a beard.
  3. Does he have his phone on silent? Text him… Find out…
  4. Silent. Deadly.  See if it reaches the speaker.
  5. Remember that large phone from Trigger Happy Tv? That.
  6. Wear masks during the sermon. Claim you’re joining #OccupyTheSermon movement.
  7. Every time the speaker looks at you. Wink.
  8. Keep an eye on the football scores, hold up score cards during the service.
  9. Have a child in need of winding, and may possibly spit up? Pass the kid over to the speaker to sort just before the service…forget the cloth…
  10. Preaching from an iPad? Tweet him / her… See what happens
Team Church Sofa are not responsible for anything that may or may not happen as a result of any of the above actions!