When A Church Blesses Guns?

While the kids in America are busy being amazing, and making America seem to begin to question their current gun control laws, one church seems to be doing the exact opposite, and is telling couples to bring their semi-automatic rifles to a blessing ceremony this week.

According to thehill.com

A church in northeast Pennsylvania is telling couples to bring their semi-automatic rifles to a blessing ceremony next week.

The event is meant to give couples an opportunity “to show their willingness to defend their familiars, communities and nation,” The Times-Tribune in Scranton reported.

It will take place at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pa., on Wednesday.

“All of the weapons in the ceremony will be checked to make sure they are unloaded, with a zip tie so that no bullets can be inserted,” Sanctuary Church president Richard Panzer said in an email, according to the The Times-Tribune.

(Panzer goes on to suggest that if the teachers were armed, then “many lives could have been saved”. Because when you go to school, you expect your teachers to have an AR15 to compliment their standard teaching supplies.)

Thankfully some news outlets aren’t shy in pointing out that unification church is often referred to as a cult. (One of which is The Sun).

But I do worry that this can be easily spun as an another case of the church in America, (and as such The Church), being pro-gun… While anti-gun marches have names like “March For Our Lives”.

I cant help but think that an event like March For Our Lives, sounds like something the church in America should be getting behind?

Getting Little Children To Church: A Timeline.

Have you ever struggled to get yourself to church on time? If you have children, you’ll know that the struggle to get children AND adults to church on time, has its own challenges*. Now admittedly we only have Little Sofa, so perhaps this speaks of our own organisation, but I figured it would be interesting to note down our typical timeline of events before we leave for church on a Sunday morning.

The minutes before we need to leave, are in bold…

65 minutes : Everyone goes to get clothes on.
60 minutes: Little Sofa successfully lobbies for a bath.
55 : Upon being told that bath is ready, Little Sofa proceeds to play statues.
50 : Little Sofa is put into the bath.
30 : Negotiations begin over who washes whose hair.
20: Hair washed. Little Sofa thrown into clothes.
15: Negotiations over different clothing begin.
10: Daddy challenges Little Sofa over who can get ready first. Little Sofa shouts “Me!”
9 minutes, 50 seconds. : Daddy checks twitter.
9 minutes, 49 seconds : Little Sofa declares that she is ready, and yes. Indeed. She also has shoes on.
8 minutes : Daddy falls downstairs, he finds Little Sofa was joking and is in fact just finishing getting clothes on.
5 minutes : The Game Of Statues restarts.
3 minutes: There is a shout “I’m already! I got my shoes on before you!”. She is in fact, next to the front door, with shoes on. Where as, Daddy doesn’t have shoes on. Or socks for that matter.

Time to go!!!!: There is a shout of “Can I bring all my babies” *proceeds to go upstairs to bring, all her babies**

5 minutes late : ALL THE BABIES ARE IN THE CAR. Once the car is parked up, there is a request of… “I want to bring all the babies… they might cry if I leave them in the car!”
Negotiations begin over which babies should stay in the car.

*Obviously some families manage to get everyone of their huge family to church on time. Every weekend. Fresh faced, and smiling. These people are obviously on a heavenly fast track, as examples of pure Godly organisation.

** Dolls. Not babies. I repeat. They are really dolls. Lots and lots of dolls.

Not babies.

Pat Robertson Calls For Gun Control

When Sofa agrees with Pat Robertson… I’m not sure what to say…

Its easy to post videos of outrageous things he says – which I disagree with.  Stuff like this, this, and this. In fact just check the Pat Robertson link for the collection.

Well, in response to the Florida school shooting. Here is Pat Robertson and what sounds like a call for both background checks,  and assault weapons to be banned.

Possibly the best sign of anything from this corner of America Christianity for a while?

Jesus In A Log Fire

He’s appeared in a toilet, toast, a receipt ,a Nintendo, a spot of grease, a landslide, a pregnancy scan,  a red arrows show, a toilet, a drinks cabinet, a spot of grease, a water fountain, a pizza, and even a smoke cloud*… and now.

Now it seems that Jesus has also appeared in a log fire!

More information is over at The Telegraph.

Have you found Jesus in the flames recently? 

*possibly