Here’s a piece of local news that was picked up by The Families Online website:
A mum has taken to social media to share her disgust over the leavers gift given to her daughter and other Year 6 pupils by their school.
On the last day of the school year, pupils that were leaving a Church of England primary school in Exeter were given a copy of the bible as a leaving gift. In itself that may not seem unusual, but when they began reading the bible they were shocked to discover that it contained dark and explicit content.
(The content in question by the way is Lot sleeping with his daughters in Genesis Chapter 19.)
Read more over at the familiesonline.co.uk website, but the article goes onto say that the mum isn’t complaining about Bibles being given as gifts as such – but she is complaining about the content of The Old Testament.
While it would be easy for me to take a typically “so-what” position in regards to this, Sofa does feel that this says something about how the Church presents the Bible. In that it can be easy for Christians to forget about some of the more “difficult” passages, and how it can seem to people not expecting to find them in what can be expected to be a safe yet boring book.
Should there be more discussion about the Bible when giving them out? I don’t know, and I certainly don’t know what form that discussion would take.
After all, do people expect the Bible to get a little Game of Thrones at points?
Perhaps she is right, perhaps New Testaments should be given out, with the Old Testament being marketed as the “prequel to help you understand the whole story”.
I guess if we could take a positive from this. There is a discussion about Bible content taking place. Not if the Bible is true or not, but what is actually in the Bible.
But if I am allowed to be facetious for one moment, perhaps there should be a translation of the Bible that is at least marketed for an older audience? Based on when I first watched some of the more violent films of the 80s and 90s, I can only imagine that may increase interest in the Bible in young people.
You may or may not know, that David Suchet (well known for BEING Poirot), released an audio reading of The Bible a while ago.
Recently, David Suchet gave a live reading of Marks Gospel at St Pauls Cathedral in London, which has been uploaded onto YouTube for everyone’s listening:
Scott Douglas (or at least his wife) went on an organic kick, it was because they wanted products at their purest, without manmade additions. A conversation about
a leaf organic toilet paper made him wonder, if our spiritual lives could be lived in an organic way.
Scott had been having a troubled feeling about his faith, and as a result started looking for the Organic Jesus. To quote from the book…
The troubled feeling I had been experiencing came from not having been told the complete story about who Jesus is. I needed to search and uncover the Organic Jesus—to take away the Wiki journeys to pointlessness and all the things that had created a flavorful, chemically produced, spectacle-driven Jesus—to strip it all away, and return to the Jesus I knew before I ever owned a computer or heard of the Internet. The Jesus I innocently accepted at age seven.
I’m not going to discuss any of the conclusions, or share thoughts on what Organic Jesus has to say about… Jesus (Go and see the Organic Jesus website to find out more). What I will shout about is how the search for .
Simply put, if you struggle with books, this is the book for you. This is a book with short punchy chapters, with built in “Wiki breaks” that both distract you from, and keep you in the book. It has quizzes, references to the website, and ideas about what you can tweet / facebook about.
This is an ideal book for people more comfortable dropping down the wiki rabbit hole, then they are reading a book about Jesus.
Check out the Organic Jesus website for videos, quizzes and things.