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?

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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.

This Week In The Internet. Another Good Omens Edition.

Sofa’s attempt to do a round up of things unleashed into Christian Internet this week…

The Good Omens Petition

Did you hear the one about the petition by a Christian organisation to Good Omens cancelled by Netflix? The problem with that is that Netflix has nothing to do with it… they probably wished they did. But they didn’t.

I really tried to write something about it. Both the… foolishness of the above, and in defence of Good Omens.

Simply put, I couldn’t get my head around it without resorting to spoilers. and more spoilers. Glen Scrivener from Speak Life has done a great job of looking at it:

A Little Thing About Ikea

Full disclaimer time. I love ikea. Their Chocolate / Dime bar thing is like kryptonite to my wallet. They’re been in the news in Poland due to “quoting Bible verses condemning homosexuality in a case strikingly similar to Israel Folau’s battle with Rugby Australia. “

The full story is here, but I’d encourage to pay special attention to

“Mr Tomasz, a long-term employee at the Krakow store, was sacked after he refused to take down Bible verses he posted in response to a notice on the company’s intranet promoting a pro-LGBT event in May.”

Can I suggest that if you write anything on your companies intranet, its probably best to be something that the company either agrees with, or at least not something that could be seen as unprofessional?

When the Church of England Tries To Make The Internet Better…

The Church of England have released a series of guidelines to help[ create a kinder atmosphere online. According to The Guardian:

“When you’re talking on social media, put the truth out. There’s no such thing as an alternative fact: there are opinions, and there is truth.

“When you are expressing an opinion, do so with kindness. And be welcoming: don’t throw out stuff, tweet or post things, that is a shut-out. That’s not the point of social media. It is social media.”

Justin Welby – Guardian

Read more at the Guardian website.

That’s it for now. Anything out there I should have included?

This Week In The Internet – The Bon Jovi Edition

My weekly attempt at sharing things I’ve stumbled across online.

What I’ve Been Mostly Watching…

Ooooooooooooooooo we’re halfway there…

Quote that’s messed with me this week.

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. - Rick Warren
AZ Quotes

What I’ve listened to…

The Amazing Mid-faith Crises guys have only gone and interviewed Adrian Plass. Give it a listen.

And finally… The Hero Tweet of The Week

What have I missed?

This Week In The Internet – The Good Omens Edition

Turns out I’ve not been great at writing a weekly post recently. I guess May was one of those months. But I guess that means there’s a bumper amount of stuff to share…

What I’ve Been Mostly Watching…

Good Omens! A Good fun watch with plenty of heart. Don’t take it to seriously, and… well… There’s plenty to be said about the last episode, but that would be one giant spoiler. If you have Amazon Prime, check it out!

Quote that’s messed with me this week.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

Bits and Pieces I’ve read…

What I’ve listened to…

Remember Stephen Baldwin? The Baldwin that isn’t Alex or William. I’ve come across him guesting on The Social Media Church podcast. Where, according to the blurb: “Being in this world, but not of it – this is what well known Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin is driven towards. Listen to Nils Smith and Nick Runyon as they talk with Stephen about how he presses forward in his 10-year ministry, charity and other Christ-centered initiatives with boldness.Give it a listen.

And finally… The Silly Tweet of The Week

What have I missed?

This last week…

As those regular visitors to the Sofa know, I normally attempt to do some sort of round up of stuff that has happened in the past week at this point. But its hard not to focus on the political news in the UK this weekend.

As those in the UK know, it feels like the present season of Brexit Britain has reached its season finale with the announcement that a new PM is on its way. Will the new PM kick cans, light fires, throw stones within greenhouses? Who knows… Tune in next season I guess.

In the mean time, here’s some meaningful church advertising…

The Church Sofa Bubble and Squeak

The Sofa’s weekly round up of stuff and – sometimes nonsense found online this week…

Stop Trying to Heal Me.

The BBC have had a look at what its like when people try and pray for you… no actually its a lot more complicated and serious then that…

From time to time, without warning or encouragement, I get approached in the street by Christians who tell me they want to pray for me to get my sight back. Since I became blind as a teenager this has been a regular yet annoying by-product of being an independent disabled person who can walk about on the street.

The last time this happened was on the London underground. The train was packed full of people all studiously ignoring each other when a man put his hand on my shoulder and asked if he could pray for my sight to be restored. But more about that later.

BBC

Written by a Non-Christian, but still a very sympathetic message. Read the BBC website for more.

A Hero to Christian Misfits

There have been many words written about Rachel Held Evans, The Atlantic have taken a great look at why she was a hero to Christian Misfits around the world.

What I’ve been watching this week

I could watch this again and again…

What I’ve been listening to…

The Mid-Faith Crisis guys talk about work, “…and its importance in our lives. How can we be a blessing in the workplace? What can it show us about our own stories? What’s the problem with the phrase ‘work-life balance’? And why does Nick think that it’s OK to record a podcast while eating a fish finger sandwich?

Check out The Mid Faith Crisis to give it a listen.

Please chuck the links of anything you feel should be shared below! In the mean time, I’m going back to watching that goal…

Rachel Held Evans on ‘messy, gut-wrenching … work of healing’

Normally around the weekend, Sofa writes up a highlight reel of things he’d found online that week. In the light of the death of blogger / tweeter / speaker Rachel Held Evens, there isn’t much to say.

The Washington Post has a write up of the last few weeks, and the following video…

I’d like to note her last published words on her blog..

Death is a part of life.

My prayer for you this season is that you make time to celebrate that reality, and to grieve that reality, and that you will know you are not alone.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.


rachelheldevans.com