Jesus In An Ear?

He’s appeared in a toilet, some toast, a receipt ,a Nintendo, a spot of grease, and even pizza*!… and now Jesus has appeared in an ear. Actually Jesus has appeared in an ear belonging to a wet dog*:

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The Express website reports on this wet dog:

Rachel Evans, 25, was bathing her mini Yorkshire terrier Dave in the bathroom sink when she took some cute photos.

But it wasn’t until she showed them to her partner James Williams, 28, that she spotted the face of Jesus in the pet’s soggy ear.

The DVLA worker from Swansea, south Wales, said: “I was a bit freaked out to be honest.

“I am a bit superstitious and it’s quite spooky.

“At first I didn’t see anything at all. We were just giving them a bath in the sink and taking silly photos and selfies because they looked cute.

“About an hour later I showed my partner and he said ‘can you see that face?’ “We looked a but closer and realised it looked like Jesus. It’s a bit strange.”

Read further at express.co.uk

Have you found Jesus in a dogs ear recently?

*possibly

The Holiest Job in The Church.

Its ok. You can stop your arguing. You can now stop trying to be last. The Sofa has done the research and can now reveal which is the holiest job in a Church. This involved looking at the Holy people* in the Church, and seeing what jobs they were doing. To make sure this research is as obviously scientific as possible, we have presented our findings in the form of a graph.

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*No we’re not sure how the Holy Spirit Rating was worked out either.

Any Jobs that have been missed?

14 Ways To Handle A Christian Introvert

Sometimes I’m late in finding something awesome on the internet. This list of  14 Ways To Handle A Christian Introvert is one of those times. Some of these are kinda spot on… :

1) In a small group or Bible study or cell meeting, do NOT make us talk.

Introverts are much more methodical and tend to process things.  In a group discussion, our silence doesn’t mean we’re not listening.  We’re just trying to fit the pieces together in our own head.  We aim to be thoughtful and deliberate.  Please be sensitive to our secret mind palace.  We’ll talk when we dang well feel like it.

2) We just don’t sing like the front row.

It’s great that extroverts can freely express themselves during worship time.  But introverts sometimes just read the lyrics, connect inwardly, and keep their hands inside the vehicle.  If you see us raising even one hand and singing a few words, we are seriously pushing the gas pedal all the way to the floor.

3) Do not ever rebuke us in public.

Or you and I are done.  Forever. You should never do this anyway.

4) Extroverts: be patient in conversation and don’t treat my every word like your personal victory.

Extroverts, it’s okay if you monopolize the conversation.  We do like to listen.  But please don’t treat us like your personal project with a precious pearl inside.  And don’t try to squeeze out my life story as if you’re trying to save us.  Earn trust by being a friend first.  Unlike extroverts, we’re not good at being best friends on the first day.

5) Fellow introverts: find us quickly.

See me standing awkwardly on the side of the sanctuary watching everyone else have fun?  Hurry up and find me so we can make amusing sarcastic comments about life and possibly grow a lifelong spiritual bond that these extroverts can’t understand.

 

Read more over at jsparkblog.com

Ed Miliband: ‘I am worried about young people’

The Premier website have published a conversation they had with Ed Miliband about Church, young people and political engagement. Its a fairly interesting read, even if it smells of a General Election being just around the corner.

Heres a snippet from The Premier website:

It’s election year. After a term which saw youth engagement with Westminster (though not ‘politics’ as a whole) drop, and youth unemployment rise, it might be the most important election for young people in a generation. Premier’s Marcus Jones chatted exclusively to leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, to discuss the Church, young people and political engagement.

MJ: You’ve previously mentioned that you don’t share the Christian faith. Would your government do God?

EM: I think what’s important for me is the word respect. Respect for different faiths, respect for people who aren’t religious; respect and tolerance are the important watch words. I’m not going to claim that I do God, but what I do think is important is that sense of respect. I have huge admiration for so many people in the Church and the work they do. I believe in social justice, a more equal, fairer society, and I see those values played out among so many people in the Christian community who worship God, and spend so much of their time ensuring people have better lives, whether through food banks, volunteering in the local community or youth work. I have huge admiration for that, and I’d be a Prime Minister who had huge admiration for that.

MJ: How important is the role of the Church in society?

EM: I think there are so many injustices in our society. If I think about the groups that I was with earlier this week – XLP and their work with young people, Open Doors and their work with refugee communities, the Trussell Trust who run so many of the food banks in our country – in their different ways, the extraordinary organisations are multiplied thousands of times over by so many people, who in their own communities are doing good work, decent work. Just thinking about the food banks, for example, it’s not just that the Trussell Trust has drawn attention to the plight of so many people who can’t afford to properly feed themselves, but they’re also helping people on a daily basis. That’s just one example of what so many Christians around Britain are doing.

MJ: You also mentioned XLP, working with young people across London and across the country. They are dealing with young people who are turning away from education, turning away from offers of employment to survive in a different way. How concerned are you for the state of young people?

EM: I am worried about young people. I think many people in their generation will be thinking, what’s my generation got against them? Because it seems like, whether it’s in relation to educational opportunity, employment, or housing, they feel like they’re getting a raw end of the deal, that the opportunities available to my generation aren’t available to theirs. Then we’ve got some young people, and XLP works with them, who are really at the sharp end of that; maybe they’ve been excluded from school, or they’ve found themselves getting into trouble with the police, and I think that’s such a waste of potential for our society, such a cost to our society. I was talking to Patrick Regan who runs XLP about some of the ways to deal with this and he was emphasising the importance of mentoring, and what lots of people can do in terms of mentoring. It’s not easy. There are no straightforward solutions, but I think there are things we can do, to give hope and opportunity back to young people.

MJ: Is it the role of the Church to fill gaps they see, or should it be the government stopping those gaps from appearing in the first place?

EM: It’s a complicated question; government’s got to do its bit. It shouldn’t abdicate its responsibility; it should be more of a partnership. So what XLP would say, is that they want to do the work, but they need the funding in order to do it. It’s more like partnership and less like government just withdrawing and saying we can’t do anything, we’re going to leave it to you to pick up the pieces. Voluntary organisations and volunteers will always play a role in our society, the question is: where does the government’s role end, and the volunteers’ role begin?

Read the rest of article at premieryouthwork.com

If I was being cynical, I would suggest that Ed Miliband is trying to court a Christian vote.

If I was being cynical.

Should the Church be involved with politics?

In the space of one morning, two videos looking at the involvement of Church in politics seem to have surfaced online. Its almost like theres a General Election on this year or something? First up is a debate between Tim Montgomerie and Giles Fraser looking at the involvement of Church in politics, what political party the church represents, and if the church should keep out of it all:

(Found by the ever fantastic @thechurchmouse on Twitter)

Something a little different is this video to accompany the launch of #ShowUp campaign from Christians in Politics.

The Show Up campaign is designed to encourage Christians to get involved in politics, with information on how to arrange events, information on Christian groups within the main parties, and guides to what the main parties stand for. There is a lot more, and I do recommend taking a look, but it does seem to be missing any breakdown of what the parties are expected to stand for during this General Election. Hopefully that will come when General Manifestos are released.

(Details of the Show Up Campaign was found at the Resistance And Renewal blog)