Missing The Christian Festival Vibe?

Are you recently home from a Christian Festival? Missing it? Are you missing not just the people, the worship, the Bible teaching, but are you missing the whole vibe of being there?

Here are the Church Sofa 10 tips to recreate the Christian Festival Vibe in your life.

  1. Don’t Shower.
  2. Hang around outside playing an acoustic guitar. At 11:30pm.
  3. Have bare feet while visiting your local Christian bookshop. Better if they are muddy.
  4. Always use the outside toilet. Don’t have one? Improvise.
  5. Insist on paying money for the after church coffee.
  6. Get rid of your old wine*. Only drink New Wine.
  7. Volunteer for the sound team at church, adjust the worship teams volume up to 11.
  8. Have a garden? Get your tent out – that’s your new bedroom.  (Also see point 2) 
  9. Don’t shower before Church. Muddy bare feet are again a bonus. 
  10. Expect miracles.

*Contact Sofa for information on how to remove your old wine. 

A Little Something About God and Grief

When American talk show host Stephen Colbert  sat down and was interviewed himself on CNN, the conversation moved onto the relationship between God and Grief.

Relevant Magazine has some context behind this conversation…

The two men are no strangers to grief. Colbert was 11 years old when he lost his father and brothers in a plane crash. Cooper was the same age when his own father died. His brother committed suicide a few years later, and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt passed away earlier this summer.

Relevant Magazine

Also worth watching for an alternative reason to not evangelise…

Norwich Cathedral and A Helter Skelter

You may have missed it, but it seems that Norwich Cathedral has put up a Helter Skelter…

And people aren’t happy about it…

Dr Ashenden, Missionary Bishop for the Christian Episcopal Church, said the clergy at Norwich Cathedral had been “unprofessional” and were “making a mistake about what a cathedral is good for”.

He said there was no evidence that tourists become Christians and “just to put in entertainment is naff”.

“For such a place, steeped in mystery and marvel to buy in to sensory pleasure and distraction, is to poison the very medicine it offers the human soul,” he said.

bbc.co.uk

Because it seems the Cathedral isn’t for getting peoples attention, and encouraging families to come in? Or does the amount of joy involved just get people grumpy?

Image result for Hey Duggee Helter Skelter Gif

Sofa would be happy to see big events set up like this in Cathedrals up and down the country, but lets not stop at Helter Skelters or Crazy Golf. Why not climbing walls, lego tables, and inside gardens?

Or how about a comedy night?

Should You Bring Biscuits When Visiting A Vicar?

People find The Sofa in many ways. Sometimes, its via a Google Search… they can appear interesting. One that’s got my attention recently is “should you bring biscuits when visiting a vicar?”

Inspired by the question, I thought I would put together this handy flow chart for anyone going to visit a vicar.

Should You Bring Biscuits When Visiting A Vicar? - A flowchart

Obviously, its not important to bring biscuits if you’re visiting the local vicar. But you better have revised for the certain Bible Quiz.

(Any attempts at wise and loving responses to the actual question are welcome by the way)

Side note. When typing the above, I mistyped wise for wine…

Jesus comic “The Second Coming” is still… coming.

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.

DC Website

There was some upset… which led to The Second Coming being cancelled.

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.

Read mover at at Bleeding Cool News.

I’m still interested in giving it a read…

Alternative Sermon of The Week: “Stop giving your life to Jesus” – Glen Scrivener

A while back, I got the fantastic chance to road trip over to Kent for The Youth Work Summit. A fantastic collection of Ted Talk style… talks, aimed at empowering and equipping youth workers, and I guess, people that work with young people.

This was one of our groups stand out moments.

Can I suggest this post on Tips for a Successful Christian Road Trip for an insight in to some of what we got up to…