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…