The Morning After The Game Before

Well. For some bizarre reason, I thought I should write something about last nights England game. On the Sunday night before the England match took place.

With me so far?

So obviously, at the time of writing I have no clue what the score is.

I could write something about Football coming home.

I could write something about managing an upset 5 year old who has got caught up in the emotion of it all. (Possibly my fault)

Or I could present a How to guide to how to react, the morning after the England Game.

Looking at Goliath

david and goliath

We at The Church Sofa, can not pass the book of 1 Samuel, without taking some time to look at Chapter 17. The home of one of this epic battles of The Old Testament. The original David v Goliath battle itself. This battle story has led to the use of “David vs Goliath” to describe almost any story were someone has to face overwhelming odds, and probably has no chance of winning.

We’re going to take a look at how Goliath has been represented over the years.

The Classic Goliath

There are the traditional paintings that have been created over the centuries.

David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888) (found at )
David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888) (found at Wikipedia )

The Updated Goliath

We have the computer generated characters within games.

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The Friendly Looking Monster

There are also Disney style monster Goliaths.

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The team you have no hope of beating.

Goliath can also look like the football match your team have no chance of winning in. (Exeter City managed a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford)

Found at Exeter City's trip to Old Trafford will be a great day for their fans but that is about it - they won't get the result they want against Manchester United. (Mark Lawrenson)
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The Massive Monster

Goliath seems to symbolise the unbeatable monster.

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The thing is:

That unbeatable monster, can just be waking up tomorrow morning.

Good Morning

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Man Claims Church Ruined Football Career

Church ruined my chance to play for Man Utd
Jack Rivlin
2 Mar 2012Arquimedes Nganga

A retired semi-professional footballer who claims his faith ruined his chances of playing for Manchester United is suing the Baptist Church for £10?million.

In a case reminiscent of the 2001 Billy Connolly film The Man Who Sued God, Arquimedes Nganga accused religious leaders of deceiving him “into following false beliefs”.

Mr Nganga, 46, from Forest Hill, said he could have earned £20,000 a week, despite never making more than £200 a month in his home country Portugal’s Third Division. He quit the sport aged 25 when he converted to the Baptist faith.

He said: “I could definitely have had a long career in the Premiership. I see many players playing today who I am not inferior to – and perhaps even better than. Most midfielders are either defensive or attacking but I was both. I had something new.”

After converting in 1989, Mr Nganga spent 19 years as a “fervent evangelist”, devoting his life to the Bible and abstaining from sex. Now he is suing the leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, who, he says, “conspired to defraud me of my finances, time and my life”.


Read More Here.

(h/t @theChurchMouse )

Now there are many points that people could make about this, and what he’s trying to do; but I cant help but wonder why no one else in the article has commented on this guys footballing abilities..?

Weekly RoundUp: Lessons From The Mail

Welcome to this weeks Weekly Roundup:

  •  @OlMoore has a content moment.
  • Richard Littledale has a survey asking about peoples “verbal issues” – Where did it all go wrong?
  • There should be no surprise that there have been plenty of reactions to the death of Steve Jobs, @Rev_Gene and @alantlwilson are just two of the many…
  • Vic The Vicar ponders the behavior of footballers.
  • The Andesmedia site, has had a look at the Daily Mail’s reporting of the Amanda Knox appeal, and what lessons we learn for our own online space.
  • ….and finally… are you fed up with the Westboro Baptist Publicity machine? Well heres a Facebook page for you…

Weekly RoundUp: The Doomsday Edition

A rather random collection of stuff this week:

  • Last Saturday evening, I watched the work of art that was Barcelona playing football. Sam Gibb looks at what the Church could learn from Barcelona.
  • The Church Mouse looks at Paranoia about the role of religion in the Big Society.
  • Paul Adrian Raymond looks at falling down
  • Richard Littledale looks at the results of his Collaborative awe map.
  • Phil Cooke wonders if we should disconnect to reconnect.
  • Quick Plug. Are you a Doctor Who fan? You may like Room515.
  • …and finally.. Someone posted this on Facebook… I was tempted to include here… but “ThisAndy” would kill me. Are you ready for Doomsday?