This Week In The Internet – The Evil Harry Potter Edition

“This week in the internet” – Where The Sofa shares some of the random things he’s come across in Christian Internet this week…

Is Benny Hinn Abandoning the Prosperity Gospel?

Well it seems that Benny Hinn… One of the kings of Prosperity Gospel, is now saying the “The Gospel is not for sale”…

Did you hear that Harry Potter is still evil?

St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville has said No to Harry Potter due to it containing “actual curses and spells”. From CBSNews.com

A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee has banned the “Harry Potter” series because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic, as well as spells, which, if read by a human can conjure “evil spirits,” according to the Tennessean.

The publication obtained an email from Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at Saint Edwards Catholic School parish, which was sent to parents. In the email, Reehil explains in the email that he has consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome, and it was recommended that the school remove the books, the Tennessean reports.

“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Rev. Reehil said of the seven-part “Harry Potter” book series. “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” the email continues.

CBS News

Something to listen to this week…

“After an epic summer, Martin and Rachel reflect on the end of the Soul Survivor summer festivals and the impact they’ve had on young people.”

I’d recommend giving the Youthscape reflection on the “end of soul survivor” festivals a listen – check it out on the Youthscape website.

Tweet of the Week

Best moment I’ve seen on Twitter this week, could well* be…

Thank you Twitter Jesus for clearing that up.

*I’m ignoring the Brexit related comments on Twitter. For everyones sake.

When The Vicar Visits. A Checklist.

For some random reason, you have the vicar coming to visit, and if The Simpsons have taught us anything, he’s not a normal house guest. He’s the vicar!

So what do you need to do to bring your house upto scratch? Check our “Vicar coming to visit” checklist, to make sure everything is done.

  1. Give the place a quick clean. Actually quite nice to do this anyway.
  2. Open a Bible, leave it open somewhere.
  3. Christian music. Something recognizable, Graham Kendrick would probably do.
  4. Christian music not option? Stick something gentle on in the background. Classic FM would do.
  5. Hide the Harry Potter DVDs.
  6. Hide the empty wine / beer / vodka / whiskey / miscellaneous alcohol bottles. If needed, try selling them.
  7. Get out the nice biscuits
  8. Make sure the book shelf has the “Christian” books at eye level.
  9. No Christian books? Put some nice cookery books on eye level. Maybe put “50 shades of Grey” to one side.
  10. Put a calendar in your lounge, circle each Sunday, and (if they’re released) mark the sermon titles with Bible verses. (To really connect with your vicar, we recommend The Dave Walker Guide to the Church 2016 Calendar)

Any more that should be included?

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