So… Liam Neeson doesn’t get it…

Alright. So it seems that Liam Neeson has come out and said:

‘Aslan symbolises a Christ-like figure but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.

‘That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.’

Cue. Outrage.

According to Digital Spy:

… Lewis’s former secretary and trustee of his estate Walter Hooper blasted Neeson for the comments, stating: “It is nothing whatever to do with Islam. Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that the ‘whole Narnian story is about Christ’. Lewis could not have been clearer.”

He continued: “I don’t know Liam Neeson or what he is thinking about… but it was not Lewis’s intention.”

Former editor of The Catholic Herald William Oddie also criticised Neeson for the remarks, calling them “a betrayal” and “shameful distortion” of Lewis’s novels.

“Aslan is clearly established from the very beginning of the whole cannon as being a Christ figure,” he said. “I can’t believe that Liam Neeson is so stupid as not to know.”

So?

The poor guy has his own opinion about Aslan, and because its not the typical Christian answer people are having a go? One thing I could never quite understand was that people seem to have a pop at Harry Potter, because it features magic, monsters, witches, and so on and so forth… while Narnia is about God.

Maybe we stop assuming people know what the big church stuff is all about?

Movie Line

Daily Mail (Sorry)

New Look and New Toys…

Hello!

Welcome to the new look Church Sofa website. We have taken the redesign as a chance to include a few toys. One of which is a flickr account… which doesn’t seem to be playing with our slide show – which is meant to be on the left hand side.

Like everyone else, we now have a Facebook page. If you like us and want to receive updates via Facebook, please feel free to click on “Like” on the left hand side of this screen. We’ll probably update it with random bits and pieces as well at somepoint.

Obviously if you’ve read this via Facebook, then I’m sorry for what’s such a self defeating post.

It is all a bit of a work in progress at the moment, so sorry if anything seems messy.

If something looks actually broken by the way – Please give us a shout!

Weekly Round Up: The Better Then Last Weeks Edition

Right. After last weeks attack of the downer. Heres this weeks roundup:

In the Blogging world, Sara Batts looks how she see’s herself verses how people see her in church, while in the week that England drop out of a world cup before it even begins Jon Butler looks at sports fans in the Bible. On a Christmas theme; Richard Littledale asks preachers if they focus on both joy and suffering at Christmas time, looking at suffering, Bishop Nick Bains asks if Christians are suffering from a persecution complex?

And lastly… A brother asks “Wheres Molly?”

Sorrow and Joy

A little bit of poetry, with thanks to @richardlittleda who suggested reading this while I was pondering the relationship between hating going to Church, but loving being there…

Sorrow and Joy
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sorrow and Joy:
startled senses striking suddenly on our
seem, at the first approach, all but impossible
of just distinction one from the other:
even as frost and heat at the first keen contact
burn us alike

Joy and Sorrow,
hurled from the height of heaven in meteor fashion,
flash in an arc of shining menace o’er us.
Those they touch are left
stricken amid the fragments
of their colourless, usual lives.
Continue reading “Sorrow and Joy”

I have a Beard. Beards are cool now.

Ok.

I admit it.

Thats me in that rather dodgy dark photo – Its the best I could find online.

Why do I have a photo of myself on the site? Well its because I’m looking totally ridiculus cool in my new beard that I grew as part of ‘Movember’, a campaign designed to help raise awareness of, and funds for the fight against Prostrate cancer.

Please take a moment to take a read of Movember and the Prostrate UK website, and if you feel inclined please make a donation towards Movember.