A Week In The Internet – The MAN edition.

With thanks to the AsboJesus

This is The Church Sofa Week In The Internet. A quick roundup of stuff that caught my attention in many ways.

Play the MAN You Are

Satan tries to obscure sins by rendering them nearly impossible to define. He smuggles effeminacy into the church by forbidding any specific definition.

Desiring God

The Desiring God guys have put together a super long piece on why they believe effeminacy is wrong, and indeed a sin.

As a result of reading the Desiring God site, I kinda want to grow long hair and wear a pink shirt.

A Public School Swagger?

About this tweet from the good old C of E…

Dearest C of E. I do like you. Your online stuff is generally quite good. But please don’t be that Twitter Account. Is a “public school swagger” really seen as a good thing?

Unless of course you mean that tweet ironically, and you actually have an interesting opinion about people with a “Public School Swagger”? In that case. Well played.

Social Media Firms and Mental Health.

Well. After the tragic suicide of a young teenager, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care called on Instagram to deal with images of self harm on its site. Instagram has thankfully reacted positively to this call.

Church Times has written on this with the title “Social-media firms are failing to protect children from harmful content online, says bishop”, and within the text of the article say…

Young people had expressed to her a desire to report harmful content themselves, she said, but they did not want social media to be “demonised”, either.

Church Times

Isn’t there a hint of demonization in the title?

There’s something about how the media is treating this story is grating on me a little. I guess in the field of mental health I wonder if we’re looking in the wrong direction?

Perhaps we should be discussing unrealistic images of life put across by not just digital media, but media in general? How about cuts to Mental Health Services and other services around the country? Could we talk about pressures on the family unit in general?

What do you think?

#5Weekstoolong

For those who haven’t heard. Imagine you need to sign up to benefits. Imagine you’ve lost your job and you need some money to get you sorted whilst you look for another job? (For one example).

Imagine being told you have to wait for 5 weeks at least before anything comes through?

Does that feel too long? Join the campaign hosted by The Trussell Trust (The foodbank guys). Help them do something about it.

Thats it.

Thats it. I’m done. That all felt a little ranty this week.

Sorry about that.

Is there anything I should of ranted about instead?

Maybe this should be called The Church Sofa rant of the week?

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When in an Emergency…

Call 999 (or 911 if you’re in America). Please call emergency services. Also pray if that’s what you do, but please call for emergency services.

Please. DO NOT stop and read your Bible if you need to call for an ambulance. Call for the ambulance first. While praying. THEN read your bible once its all calmed down.

Please.

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Super Grace: The Christian Parody of Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass

When you Google “Christian Super Bowl Parody” and end up with something different… Apparently according to the YouTube page, this is a…

…a humorous, somewhat exaggerated commentary about the single Christian girl’s struggle to appreciate the wonderful Christian men in her life while still guarding her heart and waiting patiently upon the Lord inspired by Nikki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”

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Weekly Round Up – The Donald Trump. Chosen By God Edition?

You know how certain parts of the America Church, really really like Donald Trump? With that in mind, I guess it isn’t massively shocking that there is a message put out by his press secretary, that Donald Trump was chosen by God. According to CNN Politics…

Andy Flannagan from Christians in Politics has been asked about this by Premier Christianity:

… I’m much more concerned about whether somebody is doing God’s will than whether or not they’re ‘God’s man’. We get obsessed by that in our laziness as people; we want to know that somebody will give us a simple black and white answer. Then we don’t have to critique or analyse how somebody acts. We want to just know who the goodies and who the baddies are! But life is much more complicated than that.

If you look through scripture, you’ll see that God cares just as much about howthings get done and how things happen as what is happening. He cares about the ethics of our leadership.

Say a Christian plumber comes round your house because you’ve got a leaky pipe, and they say they’ve fixed it and then leave. Then you find you’ve got your ceiling flooded over the course of the next few weeks, so you call him back and tell him he did a terrible job. Then he says: “But hey God has chosen me to be your plumber!” You wouldn’t put up with that and so we shouldn’t really put up with it in politics either.

premierchristianity.com

God. As in God on Twitter has had something to say about this…

So thats it confirmed. God didn’t want to Donald Trump to be president.

Personally, I’m not sure what Sarah Sanders was on about.

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