Now heres something a little bit cool for a Bishop.
Bishop Bob of Crediton has relaunched his prayer page on Facebook, encouraging people to leave prayer requests for him to say on the wall.
Bishop Evens said: “People really seemed to appreciate being able to send in their prayers to me during Lent, and to know that I would say them each day. As my role takes me all over Devon, I will stop what I am doing each day – pulling over in laybys if necessary – to pray for people.”
While I do have slight concerns about people possibly looking at Bishops as having a better link to God then the rest of us*, I do feel he should be commended for trying to engage with people in this way.
*Could I be shot by the good old C of E for saying something like that?
With thanks to @gerrarrdus here are a few more:
- Everyone in it thinks its great. Everyone else is kinda confused by it.
- The Church leader wears dorky clothes and is uncomfortable around women* (can be confused with fundamentalist Baptists)
- When it gets hot, you find out people dont know how to use windows properly.
*[Editors Note – Can also be applied to plenty of PC owners / churches as well]
Any more. Please feel free to leave a comment below:
With thanks to @PaulMTilley @gerrarrdus, here are ten signs of a church being a PC:
- My Word! You’re a practical bunch aren’t you!
- Nicely accepting as well anyone can join in.
- Shame you lot accept any passing colds and other viruses as well…
- You’re honest. You accept your failings.
- If someone wants to bring their friend along… the chances are their friend is going to fit in easier with you than the Mac down the road…
- Teaching over style?
- You try and start on time, but it takes a while to get started.
- Remember that time everything was going really well, smoothly, in the flow, then it… all goes blue!
- Simple questions all the time. For Example “Are you sure you want to pray? Yes or No”
- When a service goes wrong, you need to stop, close all the church windows, then start the service again.
Is there anything we should have included?
Part 2 is due later this week…
You know its going to be a bad service when:
- You’re singing loudly, and out of tune… without realising your minister has changed the song lyrics.
- The baby you’ve been asked to hold, throws up…over your face.
- If I told you about The Giggle Loop… you’d be part of The Giggle Loop…
- The Prayer time starts… so does your coughing fit.
- You grab your bottle of Coke… open the bottle… swig… and it drops as you put it down. Its amazing how far a bottle of coke can spread over a floor.
- Two words. Nose Bleed.
- You’re sat dead in the middle of the congregation… and you need to fart…
- You miscalculate the amount of sweets you’re taking out your pocket… dropping them loudly on the floor.
- Its quiet. Its serious. People are crying. Your phone rings. Loudly.
- You stand up in front of the Church Service… and wonder if you really did your flies up earlier.
Any that we’ve missed out?
Quick link to share:
The Apps of the Apostles
Personally I’m kinda tempted by “The Church Organ” App, maybe they’ll let me join the worship group at church if I had that?
With thanks to The Ship of Fools and @serenasnoad
Want to find a carol service?
Maybe you fancy a chance to do something traditional, eat some mince pies, sing a few carols by candle light, or something?
Well if you’re in the Exeter area then you have www.findacarolservice.com, yes the picture is a little cheesy, yes there is bug in the database (put a space in your post code – or its odd), and no my own C of E church isn’t in there… oh and there seems to be a church called NULL…
…but I do like the idea.
(With hand tip to the mouse.)
Alright. So it seems that Liam Neeson has come out and said:
‘Aslan symbolises a Christ-like figure but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.
‘That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.’
According to Digital Spy:
… Lewis’s former secretary and trustee of his estate Walter Hooper blasted Neeson for the comments, stating: “It is nothing whatever to do with Islam. Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that the ‘whole Narnian story is about Christ’. Lewis could not have been clearer.”
He continued: “I don’t know Liam Neeson or what he is thinking about… but it was not Lewis’s intention.”
Former editor of The Catholic Herald William Oddie also criticised Neeson for the remarks, calling them “a betrayal” and “shameful distortion” of Lewis’s novels.
“Aslan is clearly established from the very beginning of the whole cannon as being a Christ figure,” he said. “I can’t believe that Liam Neeson is so stupid as not to know.”
The poor guy has his own opinion about Aslan, and because its not the typical Christian answer people are having a go? One thing I could never quite understand was that people seem to have a pop at Harry Potter, because it features magic, monsters, witches, and so on and so forth… while Narnia is about God.
Maybe we stop assuming people know what the big church stuff is all about?
Daily Mail (Sorry)
I’m sure that there are better names for a city wide Christian group…
What does cTax sound like to you?