Recently we decided to redo our kitchen, we did it in several stages, first we did the cabinets and changed the doors and the floor…the things that make a big difference very quickly. When we moved into the house we had some lovely disgusting tiles in the kitchen that until recently have still been there. A couple of weeks ago I ripped them off the wall…that was fun!
But what I found behind was some plaster that was fantastic and in brilliant condition, some plaster that had crumbled away and some walls that didn’t even have any plaster on them in the first place. So today I got to try my hand at plastering, I redid the bits that were crumbling and put some onto the wall that had never had any. And no, I’m afraid it doesn’t look quite as good as what that man is doing 🙁
Lately whilst chilling out on The Church Sofa (read pub) we’ve been discussing The Man Drawer. It’s come about as ThisAndy a while back was asked to get involved in Men’s Ministry in the church. After a very very long time and finally giving up on trying to find a reason not to he said yes.
We thought that it might be good to have some stuff on The Church Sofa that goes alongside this. So whether you’re a man, you know a man, have heard of ‘man’ or simply are not a man keep reading.
The Man Drawer is hopefully going to link in with a lot of the other content on the site…particularly Simpsons Saturday, Noticeboards and Beer. Or maybe some other more spiritual type content as well. But the whole idea is to look at some of the things that might be a challenge for men in the church, it might touch on some of the recent social media discussions about the ‘feminisation of worship song’ for example. And hopefully will be a place for us to challenge ourselves as well as you around how we can be better men of God.
Well, over the last few months the weekly round up has moved from Fridays – to Saturdays… Well…
Welcome to the Sunday based weekly roundup:
- ASBO Jesus looks at having enough faith…
- Dave Walker shares 5 projects that may or may get done.
- Lucy Mills ponders if a Retweet can be a prayer.
- Ever been tempted to Quit? At all? In anything? Watch this talk from @carlfbeech at the Exeter Codelife conference.
- Richard Littledale looks at “How to click friends and Klout people” – not as painful as it sounds…
- CVMen shares a beautiful tale about Teddy Bears…
- … and in case you missed it… we now have a Google Plus page – it may even have a decent logo sometime soon…
Its Saturday. Its time for the Church Sofa Weekly roundup:
Well its been a quiet week on the Sofa – mostly because we’ve not had a chance to sit on it much.But we’ve still been watching…Here’s some of the best blogs / websites we’ve found this week:
- @98rosjon introduces us to The Lad Files.
- Nick Baines looks at the art of film, and preaching.
- Have you met “The Worst Preachers Wife“? In the words of someone on Twitter… “oh we like her”…
- The Urban Pastor looks at “Should Christian Teachers Strike?“
- Robb at The Changing Worship blog looks at the use of Social Media in the Church – and ponders sticking a QR code outside…
- Richard Littledale ponders how silly Social Media really can be…
- And finally… Remember Sonic The Hedgehog…? He’s turned 20 this week… To celebrate Room515 has footage from Sonic Generations…
I’ve just sat and read the article “The world is filled with boys who can shave” by Mark Driscoll, and to be honest… been kinda shocked at how negative the whole article was to be honest.
He seems to take a swipe at men who like to drink beer, play computer games, listen to music, enjoy cars, computers, fantasy football leagues, and burgers, as well as a number of ‘activities’. Now I’m not going to say that porn is ok, but he also mentions ‘women’ in his lists of “past times”. I’d love to hear him expand on this… its almost as if single guys arn’t meant to meet women.
I’ll give him his due, he does almost turn postive with;
Men are supposed to be producers, not just consumers. You’re defined by the legacy, the life, and the fruit that come out of you, not by what you take in. But most guys are just consumers.
Almost encouraging. Almost builds a guy up to make something out of his life, but then he launches into:
What happens if you walk into the church and try to find out what a man looks like? First of all, you’re not going to find a lot of guys in most evangelical churches. The least likely person to see in church is a single, twenty-something male. He is as rare at church as a vegan at a steak house.
In the world, boys who can shave are children who are consumers. In the church, boys who can shave are cowards who are complainers.
A buddy of mine calls them evangellyfish because they have no backbone. They don’t declare a major, church, theology, or fiancé. They don’t want to fail and they think if they don’t try, then they can’t fail. And by definition, that’s a failure.
They are, however, endowed with the spiritual gift of complaining. They say, “I hate the church. The church just wants my money.” As if the church wants his futon, Xbox, light beer, and computer filled with free Internet porn.
Here’s the cold hard truth: it’s a lot harder to do something than it is to complain about those who are doing something. The notorious sin of Christian guys is complaining about guys who are doing something rather than doing something.
Now, this is probably where this blog comes in. Instead of calling 20 something men in the church cowards, why dont we ask some questions? Why dont alot of men feel comfortable in church? Why do some guys feel like that? Is there something about church services that men dont feel comfortable with? There was a stage in my life where I was quite proud of calling myself “Christian”, as opposed to saying I was Baptist, Anglican, Catholic or whatever. Does that make me a evangellyfish?