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.

This Week In The Internet – The Kinda Cute Edition

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

And this week… After a fart heavy couple of weeks… THERE IS NO TRUMP!

The Twitter Sermon of The Week

Sometimes, it feels that Twitter can be the source of a sermon or two…

Clink on the above or here to read the entire thread.

When Twitter Gets Cute

What I’ve Been Listening To This Week

A good podcast to have on when painting a shed.

Anything I missed?

This Week In The Internet – Donald Trumps Favourite Bible Verse

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

And this week. There is alot of Trump. (Including his favourite Bible verse).

The “For Trump” or “Against God” Argument…

From The Jim Bakker Show…

Donald Trump reveals his Favourite Bible Verse…

Or kinda reveals something anyway…

But its ok… He’s The Chosen One…

Does anyone miss the days when it was just Mark Driscoll saying outrageous stuff?

This Week In The Internet – Satanists are now the good guys???

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

What in Gods name is happening in Christianity?

John Cooper (The dude with the beard from Skillet) has posted an amazing response to the few high profile Christian people… who have publicly made some sort of “I’m not a Christian any more type statement.

I’ve been saying for 20 years(and seemed probably quite judgmental to some of my peers) that we are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20 year old worship singers as our source of truth. We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word.

John Cooper

Dealing with Gun issues in America. One Way.

It seems that some Churches in America have been preparing for active shooter situations, according to AP News, by training and arming their Church family:

The anxiety of one mass shooting after another has led some churches to start training and arming their worshippers with guns. Not all security experts support this approach, but it has gained momentum as congregations across the country grapple with how to secure spaces where welcoming strangers is a religious practice.

AP News

Gun Issues… Another Way…

Then there’s this interview with Shane Claiborne

Sadly, Shane has concluded that Christians in the US are more pro death than they are pro life. 

“We like to say that we are pro life,” he observes, “but we have defined that so narrowly in terms of abortion that in the US you can say you are pro life and yet be pro death penalty, pro guns, pro military, anti environment; pretty much pro death on every other issue.”

Christian Today

And thats (possibly) not the most explosive thing he says.

And then there is this…

Then there is this little article from The Guardian that basically argues that American Christianity is looking so bad… Satanists are looking good?

The forces aligned against Satan have become so objectionable that he no longer looks like the bad guy. They include such groups as the Westboro Baptist church, notorious for its hate speech against LGBTQ people, Jews, Muslims and other groups, all of which it condemns as “satanic frauds”. There’s the Trump administration, in league with the US religious right, which has been aggressively pushing anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ legislation, not to mention engaging in overt Islamophobia.

The Guardian

This all part of an article about a Documentary call Hail Satan

Hopefully the Christian Internet will be nicer and more hopeful this week…

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?

Boris Johnson and the Post Wisdom Age?

Boris Johnson says he knows people will question the decision to choose him as the next PM.

He says: “I know there will be people who will question the wisdom of your decision and there will be people here who will wonder what they have done.

“And I would just point out that no one person, no party, has a monopoly on wisdom.

“But if you look at the history of the 200 years of this party’s history you will see it is we Conservatives – we have had the best insights into human nature.”

BBC Website

“No one person, no party, has a monopoly on wisdom”

Well… I guess that is true to an extent, I cant help but feel it is a little worrying that our new PM is already discussing the concept of individualised wisdom.

“No one person, no party, has a monopoly on wisdom”

Does this sound a little “alternative fact” to anyone else?

This Week In The Internet – The Trump Bible Edition

Where Sofa attempts to round up the random things he’s come across in Christian Internet this week…

Did you hear the one about The Book of Trump? Yeah… Like in the Bible…

Yeah… according to USA Today a wife of a political donor is wanting a “Book of Trump”… a bit like the book of Esther, but with Donald Trump… and she’s wanting this in the Bible.

Read the writings of Miriam Adelson, the Israeli-American wife of GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson, and you’ll find her case to expand the holy book with a story named after the 45th president of the United States. 

“Would it be too much to pray for a day when the Bible gets a ‘Book of Trump,’ much like it has a “Book of Esther” celebrating the deliverance of the Jews from ancient Persia?” Adelson wrote in a column published July 6 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a newspaper the Adelsons own.

Adelson contends Donald Trump “should enjoy sweeping support” among U.S. Jews and Israelis – so much so that he deserves pages in the Bible. 

USA Today

Read more at USA Today.

Sacred Cell Phone Time?

“These days, we adults spend an average of 3 hours, 43 minutes on mobile devices every day.  And if the grouchiness of church leaders is any indication, churchgoers have conspired to make Sunday mornings at 9:15 one of those hours.”

Church Marketing Sucks* has had a look at using your phone in Church. Have a read if you feel guilty about looking at your phone in Church.

What happens to our online data when we die?

It’s claimed almost a quarter of us want our social media and email accounts to die when we do. A report says 24% would support so-called “data death” – with 1 in 10 worried about what happens to digital accounts when we die. But almost half want to leave friends and family a digital legacy, where they can access photos and messages. UCB’s David Peek asked Dr Bex Lewis – a senior lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University – for her views.

Need A Reason to go to Church?

How about not, to find out about Jesus?

Totally not, to hang out with Gods people?

What about…

Thats it for this one… Anything I missed?

*Church Marketing Sucks. I love that name.