What distracts us from Church? Does it really matter?
(Originally posted on February 2nd)
I’d like to say that quite clearly the two of us sat on the church sofa are not biased in anyway. At a lot times we’re complete opposites in opinion for example I clearly love chairs in church whilst the other Andy clearly loves pews* and this time is no different. You see I’m a Mac and the other misguided member of the church sofa team is a PC. So here’s a number reasons why Macs are better than PC’s.
1. My Mac still works
2. Macs do what you want them to with out much effort (i.e. connect to a wifi internet connection and you can use the internet, no fiddling round with IP addresses)
3. Macs are sexy
4. Macs are ready to go out the box – everything is already there install a few extra applications you want and you’re set
5. My Mac still works
6. You only need anti virus so that you don’t pass on PC viruses to PC users, the just don’t do anything to Mac at the moment
7. Loads up quickly – turn a mac on and it asks for your password, turn a PC on you go and make a cup of tea and then wait for it finish
And did I mention my Mac still works?
I’m sure there will be an appropriate Why PCs are better post soon, well as soon as the other Andy fixes his PC/buys a Mac.
If you can think of any other reasons please post them below.
*to be honest I can’t really remember which way round the chair and pew thing was anymore.
**Please note this post is made in jest and is not a definitive guide on why Macs are better than PC’s and The Church Sofa still remain entirely unbiased on this issue.
… and they use Twitter on iPhone to announce it.
I’m just shocked they didn’t see the irony in this…
Or was it a deliberate attempt at getting publicity?
In the palm of my hand, I have access to what feels like the entire world and possibly more. Just by using this little phone I can not only keep in touch with people around the world, but I can also send them photos I have just taken and edited.
But there’s more:
As I take my walk into work, I have more then enough time to update websites, blog on tumblr, and update Twitter. If I remember to read the Bible, I have access to a number of translations, maps, and images of biblical events… Besides, who said I needed to read it? I can just put the headphones in, and get listening to a random voice reading it to me.
I’ve not even got started on my ability to update my online CV, play computer games, remotely access my computer at home, and measure the distance / speed of my walk… all by using my phone.
Have I even mentioned anything about calling or texting?
With the above in mind, its easy to believe that every 60 seconds*:
- 79,364 Wall Posts are made on Facebook.
- Over 6,600 new images are uploaded on Flickr.
- 694,445 queries are typed into Google.
- 168 million emails are sent.
Its getting noisy out there.
Think about where we were 10, 15, 20 years ago. Did you ever really imagine we would have such fantastic access to a world of information, almost every where we go. The thing is, its not just information we have access to. Not anymore. Ten years ago, could anyone have seriously imagined how much of our entire lives would be shared online?
With so much access to everything we think we need, do we sometimes forget to slow, turn of the computer, stop the music, and just be quiet? I know I do.
If we live our lives in a digital “always on” world, does it sometimes feel a little noisy?
Do you seek out quieter moments, away from online access? If so, how do you do it?
Its hot. Its Sunny. Summer is back. So bookmark this page, and check these links out when the sun hides back behind a cloud:
- The God Article has Gods Dear John Letter To The US.
- Vicky Beeching wonders if a blindfolded monkey could write a worship tune.
- UCB Media presents a list of unfortunate church names.
- Whats the point of Harvest these days? We pondered it briefly in our Church Sofa Guide, and the Church Mouse has shared an old post from himself. Richard Littledale at TheBigBible has tried coming up with some answers…
- … and finally… have you seen the Newwineskins Dictionary?
When I was younger, I came across a pastime known as “people watching”. Every now and then, a friend and I would find ourselves in the front of a coffee shop, and the two of us watched the outside world. We’d sit there, comment, and take it all in.
As I’ve grown up. I’ve realised that was stupid. Coffee shops are not where the action is found. For real people watching, go to a train station! Preferably a nice big train station. You get to see people who lost, confused, and sometimes saying good bye. But you also get to see people having laugh, relaxing, and being reunited with loved ones. Even if its just their luggage. This is where you really get to see people at their most emotional… People watching at its best…
A similar but more sobering sight greeted a few of us last night, as we approached the Exeter Casualty department. People on their mobiles, updating loved ones… People carrying children away… That person who comments “I’ve done something stupid…”
It occurred to me.
English folk aren’t great at showing emotion, but there seems to be a few places where we let our guard down, like Train Stations / Airports or Hospitals. Between the comings, goings, arrivals, and sometimes painful goodbyes, it does sometimes look and feel a little raw.
As I sat there in the waiting room, watching our mate occasionally wince in pain, I wondered.
Where does the church fit into this?
Is “Church” a place where we can be in pain, or are we to busy being ok?