The Chiefs, Chaos and Dignity

Way,way back when, the Kaiser Chiefs managed to launch themselves to stardom with a little tune called “I predict a riot”. It was a little bit of a smash hit, with people singing it left right and centre…
Maybe we should have seen this coming

I came home from a great evening out last night, to see images of my university city burning.

To be honest I’m not sure exactly whats gone wrong, but I do know that something isn’t going right.

This guys speech seems to sum it up for me, and all credit to him:

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 24-7 prayer calls u to pray for our nation now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Insight into Exeter YMCA

Here’s an insight into the Exeter YMCA, and specifically the Sleepeasy event that took place in January:

So! Out of interest – If “This Andy” was to do the 2012 Sleepeasy… Would any of you be able to sponsor him?*

*Not saying he will do… just wondering if he did… would anyone be interested in helping him out?

Are You Happy Now?

A new organisation has been launched called “Action for Happiness”, which according to the BBC website is “The world’s first membership organisation dedicated to spreading happiness”

If I was being cynical I would be tempted to ask how “Happiness” is measured, but the Action for Happiness Website seems to be down at the moment – kinda stopping how much research I can do into this.

Therefore I’m just going to leave you with a few questions:

  • Are we really a depressed nation?
  • What gets people down?
  • What can we do about that?
  • What is the key to happiness?

The Telegraph – The 10 secrets to a happy life
BBC News

 

Bible for atheists – like lager without the alcohol?

Loving this from Channel 4

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and avoid, and darkness was on the face of the deep.”

With those words begins the best-selling book in history, the Holy Bible. Sacred to millions – a basis for faith.

But what if God were removed from it altogether? The Good Book is one philosopher’s attempt to write a secular bible – laid out in the same way but drawing on thousands of years of non-religious writing from the likes of Homer, Aristotle, Baudelaire, and Darwin.

Even someone as well-connected as George Pitcher, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s secretary for public affairs, speaking in a personal capacity, said: “We welcome it. God, as I understand God, is big enough to take insults, ridicule, being ignored – anything of that nature. So we must push the limits of our faith.”

But he continued: “Taking God out of the Bible? It’s rather like alcohol-free lager. You ask yourself: what’s the point?”

Bit of a shame that AC Grayling misses the point a little.

Read the full article here.

Japan. Any Good News?

Simple idea time. Instead of “Russell Howards Good News”, we going to have “Church Sofa Good News”, and update this with reports of Good news we hear from Japan.

Please dont think we’re trying to take anything away from the huge scale of rubbish that is the current events that are happening in Japan, but we thought it would be nice just to have a little corner of the internet were we tried to focus on the good news coming out of that area.

Earthquake survivor is rescued after being buried for four days

Woman, 70, found alive 4 days after Japan tsunami

Man saved clinging to roof… 10 miles out to sea

Please feel free to share any other news items you come across below:

Homeless Soup Kitchens to be Banned?

If you haven’t noticed. Twitter was all a bit of a storm over the weekend, with Christians either having a moan about a new book from Rob Bell, or having a moan about people having a moan about Rob Bell… To the point he started trending on Twitter. Seriously… people thought he had died!

While all this was going on, a few people started muttering about soup kitchens being banned in Westminster.

Thats a joke right? In the age of “Big Society” and people looking after each other… instead of the government being involved… you would think that soup kitchens would be encouraged.

The Daily Mail seems to confirm this isn’t a joke…

Now why cant we all get angry over this instead?

 

(On a side note. Lets wait for Robs’ book to be released before we all go nuts…)

Peace Out People.

Ok.

It seems that the following status is starting to do its rounds on Facebook:

A15 YEAR OLD SCHOOL GIRL HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER BEING FILMED BURNING THE KORAN? CATHERINE HESELTINE,CEO OF THE MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE UK, SAID “BURNING THE KORAN WAS OFFENSIVE TO FOLLOWERS”! BUT IT IS OK FOR MUSLIMS TO BURN THE POPPIES AND HOLD UP BANNERS SAYING …”KILL …”BRITISH SOLDIERS”… HOW IS THIS IS RIGHT? I WONDER… HOW MANY OF YOU WILL HAVE THE BALLS TO POST THIS AS YOUR STATUS?

Its worth delving into this a little bit. Note how people aren’t being encouraged to say why the girl was arrested. Just a little digging shows that the girl was arrested for inciting religious hatred. I’m sure that covers burning Holy Books.

Burning a Poppy while offensive to many, it is not racist and not considered illegal.

Lets chill a moment people, and think about things before we react and encourage others to react as well.

BBC News

Guardian

16 days of activism to end violence against women

Did you know that:

  • 1 in 4 women in the UK will suffer violence at the hands of a male partner.
  • 1 in 3 women worldwide will suffer violence at the hands of a male partner.
  • 2 women a week in the UK die due to domestic violence incidents.

Theres no evidence that says the picture is different in the Church. *

We’re publishing the above as part of “16 days of activism to end violence against women”, but I’m not convinced the above is the whole story.

Guys. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, please get in touch with the Mens Advice Line 0808 801 0327, or check out the Mens Advice Line Website for more information.

On the other hand, if you are worried about your doing or thinking, please call Respect on 0845 122 8609 for help.

Restored Relationships

Respect

*stats from Restored.