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 – 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?

Oppose Trump. Oppose God?

It seems if you oppose Trump, you don’t just disagree with him as a person his politics, but you also oppose God…

Does God side with anyone else in politics as strongly as he does Donald Trump?

Pray For Trump (At The Cost of $45)

Well. American preacher Lance Wallnau is selling a coin which (and I’m trying to be nice), is there to remind people to pray for Donald Trump. The coin, by the way, costs $45 each.

Appearing on on Jim Bakker‘s show in America, Lance Wallnau explained as follows…

This coin is our point of contact. When I asked the Lord, “Why the coin?” The Lord said, “Because when you take the coin, it’s a point of contact. So your faith is being released with a million other believers to pray [for] protection and peace and wisdom and counsel over the president of the United States and over his family. That’s our point of contact every day when you see it.

Patheos

Right Wing Watch have posted this online…

Read more over at Patheos, but I have one question.

Why does this idea have to involve spending out $45 for a gold coin? Is there nothing else that could be used to remind people to pray for Donald Trump?

The Sofa Weekly Round Up – The Moses Brexit

This weeks random collection of stuff found on an internet that is slowly eating itself…

Brexit. The Moses Approach.

The week started with Boris Johnson taking this approach on Brexit.

So…

  • we all need to leave our homes,
  • go for a 40 year walk,
  • live through a number plagues,
  • see a load of death,
  • eat bread from the ground,
  • and possibly a number of downsides I’ve forgotten.

Thankfully Boris has realised since then that a Moses style Brexit, could be argued, isn’t a great deal. But that could be more to do with other political game playing*.

Donald Trump. Hearing what God has to say.

Have you heard of Paula White, Trumps spiritual advisor? The Guardian have managed to have an interview with her, during which she seems to suggest she has turned, into an unofficial advisor to Donald Trump.

White frequently testifies to the president’s sincere and deep faith and said her role counseling Trump was “an assignment from God”. She delivered the invocation at the president’s inauguration and has since been a fixture at high-profile events, such as the “state-like dinner” Trump held for 100 evangelicals last summer. While there, she also joined a small, influential group discussion before the meal. She helps plan White House events for the faith community, and provides input on policy decisions.

Guardian Website

Read more over at The Guardian. Personally I’d like to see her hang out with Louis Theroux for a weekend…

Young Dizz. New Gospel Sound?

Fancy a bit of hope for London? It could be this…

“All my life has been a trail of violence. Violence, violence, violence – and I’ve only changed in the last year,” says Kevin Yfeko, a Londoner and former gang leader. “I stopped because I saw a church that could help me. My church, Spac Nation, is offering gang members the thing that the government and the authorities can’t offer them – a way out.”

bbc

Give the full article a read over on the BBC website.

Performing Our Anger

And finally… Some wisdom from Glen Scrivener…

*Please remember. I am a Sofa. Not an expert on Europe.**

**Or anything else really… now I come to think about it…

Weekend Round Up – Meaningful Disagreement

My regular round up of random things I’ve found online this week, which don’t quite fit elsewhere…

Something About Jesus not wanting to be Friends with Donald Trump.

What if…

Donald Trump and Jesus had a conversation? Possibly after Donald Trump tried to send Jesus a friend request on Facebook? How would that go?

Patheos.com has tried to answer that question…

Lord save us from loving disagreement?

Question.

“Dear Pastor John, I have been with my girlfriend for eight months now, and I believe that she could be the one God has for me. She loves Jesus, and shows it in many ways. The next step in our relationship is marriage… However, there is only one thing that stops me. … she doesn’t believe homosexuality is a sin… Is this a deal-breaker for our relationship?”

desiringGod.org

Check out desiringgod.org for the answer given.

Spoiler. There’s nothing there about finding a way to disagree well.

#JustAPriest25

There are plans to set Twitter alight with celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of the first ordinations of women to the Priesthood in the Church of England.

If you’re involved in Church leadership in anyway and on Twitter – PLEASE check out pickingapplesofgold.com

This weeks Twitter High Point…

https://twitter.com/jimmfelton/status/1101128493717508097

Something to listen to…


Fan of Gungor, and have Amazon Prime? Look up their new album. Gungor – Archives. arning, possibly a interesting take on “Heaven” lays below…

What did you find online this week?