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…

This Week in The Internet. The One About Climate Change, and Brexodus.

“This week in the internet” – Where The Sofa shares some of the random things he’s come across in Christian Internet this week. This week seemed to be filled with people being upset about a girl, who in turn appears to be upset about how we’re treating the planet.

Before we move onto that…

Brexodus

And now a reading from the The Book of Brexodus, chapter 32 , verse 8 – 12…

8 The ERG urged the country to hurry, and leave the Union. “For otherwise,” they said, “the remain MPs will change their minds!”  “And mine’s a pint!” said Nigel Farage. “Today UKIP, tomorrow the Brexit Party, next week the World on WTO terms!” So the people took the result of the referendum upon their shoulders, and vowed to work together despite their differences… Oh sorry, no, that’s a typo.
9 And lo, three main contenders arose, to take the place of Cameron. Each one pledged to let their people go out of the EU. But the first, Leadsom, made an inappropriate comment about a rival’s childless state. And she was spurned, and dropped out of the race.
10 Then another rose up, and said “Look, elect me as leader and we’ll emerge onto sunlit uplands – build a bridge to Calais – millions a week for the NHS – no more project fear – no more sp*ffing money up the wall…”
11 But a third contender rose from his countryside campaign headquarters, standing firm to stab Johnson in the back. The giant fell, rolling to the ground, taking with him Gove. So May, the insulted one, entered unopposed into the throne upon the high place (well, Downing Street, anyway).

Brexodus preparations
12 Three years passed, and the people were united. Union Flags and EU colours lived in harmony and peace, and the land prospered as MPs spoke with care and wisdom to their counterparts in Brussels.  And it came to pass that a deal was agreed and, for the sake of the nation, for certainty and for leaving on time, all remembered their differences no more and backed the deal…  Sorry, no, another typo or two there.

The Book of Brexodus, chapter 32 , verse 8 – 12

Read more over at davepiperdj.wordpress.com. Look out for the section on Yellowhammer.

Dont listen to Greta Thunberg. She’s young.

Or at least that appears to be one of the points that Premier Christianity seem to be saying in this opinion piece…

As the mouthpiece of a youth movement that demands more action on climate change, she’s become one of the most powerful women in the world, regularly given audiences with world leaders, and all over the news. Democratic senator Ed Markey recently told the 16-year-old: “We need your leadership.” That’s quite a mantle to handle to anyone, never mind a teenager.

I hope no-one paid too much attention to my political opinions when I was her age. The advice I gave – all too quickly – was patchy at best, and no wonder. I had little life experience, I hadn’t read much, I had little exposure to opinions other than my parents and a few teachers, and even worse, I had the over-confidence of the young: I thought I was absolutely right about everything. I’m now more aware of my limitations, though there’s still plenty of way to go on that one! But I’m so glad I’ve grown up and that many of those opinions have changed. 

Premier Christianity

Not much talk about what she is saying, rather appears to be saying that she is young. Therefore her opinions will probably change in the future. I feel suggesting that climate change is an opinion, not something about us all at least trying to look after our planet better.

It is worth noting that a response piece was published on Premier Christianity two days after. Possibly due to the heat taken on Twitter?

The Greta Thunberg. Helpline.

Warning for one or two swears.

What I’m Listening to this week.

So. I’ve discovered the Beer Christianity Podcast this week…

Lets see what positive news comes from the upcoming week…

This Week in The Internet. God is a Trump Supporter.

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

And it seems that God is a Trump supported. As in Donald… not as in fart… That would suggest that God is into toilet humour… which is something I wouldn’t be surprised about…

God Doesn’t Approve of Christian Leaders Who Criticize Trump

It seems that according to the American Pastors Network, God likes people who like Trump. According to The Right Wing Watch,

“What kind of a religious leader is the right kind of religious leader when he criticizes Donald Trump for standing for truth as has been given to us, and has stemmed from God himself in these unalienable rights?” asked Dull. “He’s not much of a religious leader from God’s perspective, would you agree?”

Right Wing Watch

On a similar subject…

A Democratic president will lead to ‘martyrdom’???

I could be wrong, but are these people saying that if a Democratic President moves into The White House, then people will die??

A debate billed as a major showdown between competing visions of religious conservatism Thursday night revealed, more than anything, the profound fear that drives the “culture war” on the right: that Christians will face literal extermination at the hands of Democrats if Republicans lose power.

That’s not just a metaphor: One side, represented by a prominent Catholic journalist, warned, in apparent seriousness, of a future in which Christians are thrown to the lions, as in ancient Rome, with Bernie Sanders playing the role of the emperor Nero.

Yahoo News

An American Plague Incoming?

Question. Why for legal Abortion? Why not anything else that may displease God?

What I’ve Listened To This Week.

*I’m ignoring the Brexit related comments on Twitter. For everyones sake.

This Week In The Internet – The Evil Harry Potter Edition

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

Is Benny Hinn Abandoning the Prosperity Gospel?

Well it seems that Benny Hinn… One of the kings of Prosperity Gospel, is now saying the “The Gospel is not for sale”…

Did you hear that Harry Potter is still evil?

St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville has said No to Harry Potter due to it containing “actual curses and spells”. From CBSNews.com

A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee has banned the “Harry Potter” series because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic, as well as spells, which, if read by a human can conjure “evil spirits,” according to the Tennessean.

The publication obtained an email from Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at Saint Edwards Catholic School parish, which was sent to parents. In the email, Reehil explains in the email that he has consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome, and it was recommended that the school remove the books, the Tennessean reports.

“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Rev. Reehil said of the seven-part “Harry Potter” book series. “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” the email continues.

CBS News

Something to listen to this week…

“After an epic summer, Martin and Rachel reflect on the end of the Soul Survivor summer festivals and the impact they’ve had on young people.”

I’d recommend giving the Youthscape reflection on the “end of soul survivor” festivals a listen – check it out on the Youthscape website.

Tweet of the Week

Best moment I’ve seen on Twitter this week, could well* be…

Thank you Twitter Jesus for clearing that up.

*I’m ignoring the Brexit related comments on Twitter. For everyones sake.