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Well its a book, its a book by a guy called Rob Bell… and opinion about his book does seem to vary from place to place. Depending on who you talk depends on what of the following opinions you seem to get in return:

  • A book that asks more questions then anything else.
  • Its a book that says Hell doesn’t exist.
  • Its a book that doesn’t say that Hell doesn’t exist.
  • Its a marketing dream.
As for Team Sofa… we subscribe to the Marketing dream opinion…

Weekly Roundup: Whats Your Number? Edition

Another busy week out there, heres a selection of what we’ve been reading:

Hero of The Week: Rev Dr Giles Fraser


A bunch of people decide to sit down in front of a popular tourist spot. The main difference between this group of people and a large group of tourists, is that these guys aren’t planning on going any where fast.

No violence, just a simple campaign to highlight something they dont think is right.

Our first “Hero of The Week” for a while is Rev Dr Giles Fraser. He’s the guy that told the police to get lost and leave the protesters alone… he has now resigned from his Job at St Pauls, making the following comments to The Guardian:

“I resigned because I believe that the chapter has set on a course of action that could mean there will be violence in the name of the church.”

I’m starting to expect him to appear at the front of St Pauls with them all.

Well I’m sure there is more going on behind the scenes then what we’ve been told, hopefully there are people involved on all sides that still look at the situation with a clear head.


10 Things To Do When You Really Don’t Want To Go To Church

We all get moments like this, at least we hope it isn’t just us. But sometimes there is something we just really don’t want to do: go to Church. Please find below our ten top tips on what to do in this situation. And please remember, as always, that we cannot be held responsible if any of these tips end up with you either going to hospital, losing your job, dying, being molested by squirrels, or anything else you might find unpleasant, oh and going to church.
  1. Stay in bed
  2. Consider playing football…
  3. Sit on the sofa, watch match of the day again and drink a beer (we know it’s early, but you do get wine at church…)
  4. “Something for the Weekend” / “T4”
  5. Its a sunny morning. Get outside. Enjoy it.
  6. *Snooze*
  7. Watch an online church service, on your laptop, while in bed.
  8. Make use of that gym membership you paid for ages ago
  9. Turn up for church for coffee at the end and pretend that you’d been there the whole time (please note: you may need to read the notice sheet from last week just in case someone questions you about the sermon i.e. the preacher)
  10. Go to church
Any comments on the above?

Hurt Yourself?

Fallen over?

Got over excited while chopping food?

Not paying attention while doing something arty?

Well these may help:

Possibly better then your average plaster…possibly…

Buy them here.

Weekly RoundUp: The Bon Jovi Edition

Its been a mad week, with lots of comment – with the images to match:

Dear Everyone.

Dear Everyone,

I here by give notice that I am copyrighting the word “Doctrine”. This copyright covers any use of the “Doctrine” in any title of anything anywhere.

If you do decide to carry on using the word “Doctrine”, I would expect to be paid each time you use the said word.

You may or may not receive a cease and desist letter, if this does not happen.

Yours in churchy love.

Team Sofa

Have the above explained to you here; I believe this is waiting to be verified… but does anyone remember the Steelroots saga?

Buy Mark Driscolls “Doctrine” book here.

(EDIT – 23rd October: In the Interests of Fair Play – Here’s a response from The Mars Hill)

(EDIT – 25th October: Looks like this tea cup storm has come to an end. A response from Pastor Scott Hagan, Mars Hill Community (Sacramento), and a report from Christian Post)

I say this is a storm in a tea cup… It just seems a shame that the first move seemed to be to call in the expensive lawyers…