Every now and then, Sofa is lucky enough to get a moment to read a book. The interestingly titled “Credulous” is the last that landed in my direction… and it’s an interesting one to define and describe, without referring to the subtitle itself: “A journey through life, faith, and the church bulletin.”
Well let’s ignore the church bulletin bit, but concentrate on the word “journey”, because that’s what this is. In a warm chatty style, Andrea L. Lingle talks all things life, and in amongst life starts to unpick and deconstruct her faith.
I am tired of being a person of the cross. I am tired of blood and violence. I am tired of wearing a symbol of torture around my neck and claiming that God loves me and I love God. I want to be a person of something else.
Whilst very chatty, this is book that highlights some of those parts of the bible that may feel a little tired. Such as detail about mustard seeds.
I’ll struggle to look at mustard seeds in the same way after this book. I will definitely struggle to see how much the church can be like the kingdom of God without being ridiculously flown out.
Throughout the book, Andrea L. Lingle journeys through her reasons to leave the church, such as grief, cynicism, and disillusionment.
Yet somehow though this journey, she seems to find more of a God waiting to offer Grace, and journey through life with her.
Everyone always told me that prayer was talking to God. What if prayer is being with God?
Ok. For those who didn’t catch the news the first time around, there were plans for a comic called “The Second Coming”, which was to feature Jesus coming back to the world. The plot looks something like this…
Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world’s favorite savior: the all-powerful super hero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex! But when Christ returns to Earth, he’s shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.
Well… It looks like the The Second Coming is indeed happening, as its been picked up by Ahoy Comics, a publisher that was set up last Summer.
Two comments here: First, is that it looks like the editorial boundaries are possibly less strict then they would have been if the comic was published under DC / Vertigo. (Vertigo being the “mature” wing of DC). Which makes me wonder if the finished product will actually be more… “dodgy” then it would have been, if the protests against it in the first place hadn’t happened?
Secondly. If I was a comic publisher recently starting up, I’d be tempted to have picked up “The Second Coming” as well… as basically, the internet has done a good job of advertising it for them.
A Klingon Bible. As in the language spoken by Klingons in Star Trek.
Yes. There is a Bible translation in Klingon.
Its not available to buy, but you can view it online!
And you thought a Klingon Bible was.. different…
Available from Amazon… if you must…
Any other Bibles you can suggest?
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‘How can we stop the oil gusher?” may have been the question of the summer for most Americans. Yet for many evangelical pastors and leaders, the leaking well is nothing compared to the threat posed by an ongoing gusher of a different sort: Young people pouring out of their churches, never to return.
As a 27-year-old evangelical myself, I understand the concern. My peers, many of whom grew up in the church, are losing interest in the Christian establishment.
Recent statistics have shown an increasing exodus of young people from churches, especially after they leave home and live on their own. In a 2007 study, Lifeway Research determined that 70% of young Protestant adults between 18-22 stop attending church regularly.
Statistics like these have created something of a mania in recent years, as baby-boomer evangelical leaders frantically assess what they have done wrong (why didn’t megachurches work to attract youth in the long term?) and scramble to figure out a plan to keep young members engaged in the life of the church.
Increasingly, the “plan” has taken the form of a total image overhaul, where efforts are made to rebrand Christianity as hip, countercultural, relevant. As a result, in the early 2000s, we got something called “the emerging church”—a sort of postmodern stab at an evangelical reform movement. Perhaps because it was too “let’s rethink everything” radical, it fizzled quickly. But the impulse behind it—to rehabilitate Christianity’s image and make it “cool”—remains. Continue reading “The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity – Hipster Christianity: Where Church and Cool Collide”