This Week In The Internet

A round up of some of the more random things from the world of Church internets that have come across The Sofa’s attention this week.

Something about Harry and Meghan

Christian Today reported on Christians reaction to recent news from the Royal Family…

Christians have been voicing their sympathy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Twitter today after they confirmed that they are stepping back as “senior” members of the Royal Family.

In an announcement, the couple said they had reached their decision “after many months of reflection and internal discussions”. 

They plan to split their time between the UK and North America, “continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages,” and have said their goal is to become “financially independent”. 

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they said. 

Read More

Also Christian Today…

#CreepyTweetOfTheWeek

From well known Bible Teacher John Piper…

I know its not from this week… but dude… creepy.

Vague Prophecy of The Week

Well that was both doom laden, and vague. I guess if something happens, at somepoint, in some of those huge cities – Jim Bakker can point back to this right?

Heres to a more optimistic and positive week ahead…

This Week In The Internet

Perhaps its because its nearly Christmas. Perhaps its because Donald Trump is being impeached, but there’s been a few talking points from the Christian internet world this week.

No. Its totally all about Donald Trump being impeached and American Evangelicals… reacting…

Christianity Today had something to say…

So. The US magazine Christianity Today, has pretty much come out and said this week that Donald Trump should go, and Christians shouldn’t support him.

Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.

Christianity Today

It has lit Twitter on fire, and credit should be given to Christianity Today for making it clear where they stand.

To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?

Christianity Today

Hopefully these strong words would start to give people the permission to feel they can also disagree with Christians about Trump.

Donald Trump had something to say…

Because of course he did…

And unsurprisingly doesn’t address the point of the article.

Then Franklin Graham piled on…

But doesn’t address the nuance of the Christianity Today article.

Hopefully 2020 will be the year that politics and Christianity becomes a little less binary. A little less black and white. And a little more open to discussion.

The Uk Election. A Sofa Reaction.

Well there has been an election.

There is now a result.

What can be said? Besides, does anyone really know what any of this actually means?

As far as a political response goes, I’m not sure if Sofa is the most qualified blogger to comment. But can I offer a suggestion to how we all respond?

Be kind.

I am open to any and all positive practical suggestions of how to show this kindness below!

This Week In The Internet

As and when, Sofa presents a quick round up of bits of the internet – that are a little bit more random than normal.

Here’s a round up of the random stuff from this week…

Why The Christian Right Worships Trump?

RollingStone.com have had a look, a very good look at why… a particular part of the church in America seem to be in support of Donald Trump,

In other words, for the God-fearing evangelical, gay marriage, abortion, and the evils of socialism — as opposed to racial injustice, family separation, or income inequality — put America squarely in the path of the wrath of God. “Parts of the Old and New Testaments imply very strongly that there’s not just a judgment of individuals, but there’s a judgment of nations,” says historian Diana Butler Bass. “People who sin are keeping the nation away from a moral goodness that needs to be present, because they think that God’s coming back and is going to destroy everything, and they want America to be on the right side of that equation. They want to stand before God and say, ‘We did your will. We created a godly nation, and we’re the remnant. We’re your true people.’?”

Rolling Stone

Its a long read, so grab yourself a drink, and give this a read.

I Am Jesus Christ – The Video Game

It looks like there will be a new video game coming out where you are Jesus Christ, called ” I Am Jesus Christ”. Sofa will keep an eye out for more about this when its out.

And a dance to end with…

Lets go into next week – stomping on temptation!

This Week In The Internet

A quick round up of the positive underbelly of church internets over the last week… (May not be so positive)

Question of the Week. What is the Opposition to Trump?

Well, it seems that there was an interview between Franklin Graham, and Eric Metaxas during which it was questioned if opposition to Donald Trump is demonic…

During his November 21 interview with Graham, Metaxas, a Salem Radio Network talk-show host, asked the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, “What do you think of what is happening now? I mean, it’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, responded, “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying—”

At which point Metaxas interjected, “I would disagree. It’s not almost demonic. You know and I know, at the heart, it’s a spiritual battle.”

The Atlantic

Read more over at The Atlantic.

Are Christians more likely to have babies?

I’ve wondered this for a while. (Seriously – the inside of my head is a weird place).

Turns out someone clever has done a study into it.

It seems the answer is yes.

Religious Tweet of The Week

And its from Right Wing Watch…

What have I missed?

This Week In The Internet

Not done this for a while. But if you’re not sure whats happening, this basically a quick round up of “church stuff” found online. Its not always pretty…

Tweet of the week

Welcome to The Good book of Joel..?

Did you hear about Obi Jesus?

Obviously I dont mean Obi Jesus!

Because who would get confused between Jesus and Obi-wan Kenobi?

Well it turns out a few people might. Including these guys.

When Phil Collins looks like Jesus?

It turns out that baby Jesus, looks a bit like Phil Collins.

Apparently.

According to New York Post:

A Mexican church claims it has “accidentally” erected the largest baby Jesus statue in the world. Also an accident: the statue’s uncanny resemblance to British singer Phil Collins.

The nearly 22-foot-tall, 2,000-pound giant traveled 12 hours from the city of Chimalhuacán, where it was built for the La EpifanÍa del Señor church in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas, where it now resides.

The Rev. Humberto Rodriguez tells Central European News he only meant to commission a statue that would “fit the church,” but in so doing, he may have created the biggest Jesus/Phil lookalike on the planet.

NY Post

So. Do you reckon Little Phil looks like Jesus?

What I’m listening to this week.

Yeah… I know its a youtube video… but this guys podcast is available as a podcast download as well…

Hope you enjoy your quick break from Donald Trump…

“Effort To Impeach Trump Is Effort To Impeach Christian Values”?

Well. According to Robert Jeffress, Mega Church Pastor, and close supporter of Donald Trump, the effort to impeach Trump is a direct effort to impeach “christian values”.

Watching this, I cant help but think of that quote “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

But, is he telling people that impeaching Trump is against Christianity, or is support of a republican president already seen to be so very linked with Christianity, that he is now simply reinforcing a lie?

How the heck do you even “impeach Christian values” anyway?

This Week In The Internet: The Twitter Can Be Funny Edition

“This week in the internet” – Where The Sofa shares some of the random things he’s come across in Christian Internet this week.

Something I’ve loved this week (Not on the internet).

The Sofa family took a trick to the Killerton Apple Festival, and found it to be an awesome muddy family out. Powered by Apples. I blogged a bit about it here at Devon Dad Adventures.

A Random Interesting Read.

Looking for a quick overview about “Generation Z”? (Those born between 1995-2012)  Particularly in regards to what the Church should know?

Imagine you were commissioning a missionary from your local church to take the gospel to an entirely unreached people group. You would tell them to learn the language of the people and try to understand their customs and rituals. You’d probably encourage them to translate the scriptures, particularly the message of the gospel, into a language they understand. You would want them to build every cultural bridge possible in order to effectively communicate. Why is it, then, that the same missiology we would take for granted overseas, seems so foreign to us in our own land, where– in every respect – Generation Z are an unreached people group?

Premier Christianity

Give this a read from Premier Christianity.

Something About Biblical Flatulence

Something A Tiny Bit Inspirational

May we all be as awesome as the Church in Hong Kong.

This Week In The Internet: The Donald Trump Revival Edition

“This week in the internet” – Where The Sofa shares some of the random things he’s come across in Christian Internet this week.

Donald Trump has said stuff this week…

Apparently Donald Trump is good for Christianity

… Apparently.

Who were these Church leaders..?

Was it this guy?

Angry Sounding Tweet of The Week

Comedy Tongue Speaking of The Week?

Moral of the story? Turn of notifications on your phone when speaking in tongues on TV?

What I’m Listening to this week.

Start listening for Tre Sheppard, stay for the funny bits…

I wonder what Donald Trump will say next…