Debate Tuesday – Hello. Our Church Is A PC

A conversation between the church sofa lads in a pub can very easily be plotted out.

We start about beer, move onto computers, then move onto something churchy. Sometimes something goes wrong and the lines get blurred . In this one case we ended up comparing churches to PC’s in the style of these old adverts:

So what signs does a church show, if it looks like a PC?

  1. My Word! You’re a practical bunch aren’t you!
  2. Nicely accepting as well anyone can join in.
  3. Shame you lot accept any passing colds and other viruses as well…
  4. You’re honest. You accept your failings.
  5. If someone wants to bring their friend along… the chances are their friend is going to fit in easier with you than the Mac down the road…
  6. Teaching over style?
  7. You try and start on time, but it takes a while to get started.
  8. Remember that time everything was going really well, smoothly, in the flow, then it… all goes blue!
  9. Simple questions all the time. For Example “Are you sure you want to pray? Yes or No”
  10. When a service goes wrong, you need to stop, close all the church windows, then start the service again.

Is there anything we should have included?

Is your church a PC? Is that a good or bad thing?

Part 2 is due next week…

 

 

10 Games To play At #cnmac12

If you ever anything like me, it doesn’t matter how interesting a speaker is, sometimes your mind does wonder during a presentation.  Or you may have a moment or two of downtime between parts of the day.

If this happens to you – try these games. Please note you dont have to be at a Christian Media conference for many of these games to actually work.

  1.  Try and work out the percentage of Mac to Windows laptops in any given room.
  2. Congratulate anyone using a Linux operating system.
  3. Compare avatars to actual faces. Does anyone really look like their avatar?
  4. Do those premier signs still have photos of various cathedrals on them? If so try and work out which city each one is found in.
  5. Spot if anyone is sulking because they didn’t get a wifi slot.
  6. Tell @DigitalNun that she is by far the coolest nun you’ve come across.
  7. Encourage the conference presenter to organise a Mexican wave in the main lecture hall – via The Twitterfall
  8. How many vicars are there in the room? / How many vicars are there in disguise?
  9. Play hunt the person you want to meet up with, via clues on Twitter. Love the fact he greats you like an old friend.
  10. Count the amount of gadgets.
For the record – these games were made up on the train journey home, not during any presentations!!!
*The Church Sofa team are not responsible for any odd looks or people questioning your sanity if you do try any of the above out.

From The Archives: A Tribute

(Originally posted on February 2nd)

I’d like to say that quite clearly the two of us sat on the church sofa are not biased in anyway. At a lot times we’re complete opposites in opinion for example I clearly love chairs in church whilst the other Andy clearly loves pews* and this time is no different. You see I’m a Mac and the other misguided member of the church sofa team is a PC. So here’s a number reasons why Macs are better than PC’s.

1. My Mac still works
2. Macs do what you want them to with out much effort (i.e. connect to a wifi internet connection and you can use the internet, no fiddling round with IP addresses)
3. Macs are sexy
4. Macs are ready to go out the box – everything is already there install a few extra applications you want and you’re set
5. My Mac still works
6. You only need anti virus so that you don’t pass on PC viruses to PC users, the just don’t do anything to Mac at the moment
7. Loads up quickly – turn a mac on and it asks for your password, turn a PC on you go and make a cup of tea and then wait for it finish

And did I mention my Mac still works?

I’m sure there will be an appropriate Why PCs are better post soon, well as soon as the other Andy fixes his PC/buys a Mac.

If you can think of any other reasons please post them below.

*to be honest I can’t really remember which way round the chair and pew thing was anymore.

**Please note this post is made in jest and is not a definitive guide on why Macs are better than PC’s and The Church Sofa still remain entirely unbiased on this issue.

Weekly Roundup: The Gun Jumping Edition

In no particular order, and not particularly just from this week, heres the Twitter flavoured round up:

  • In the light of our Mac / PC related items over the the last, @mikepeat sent us “Why Apple is Catholic and PCs are Protestant” – Nice.
  • With Rob Bell related madness, mixed with reports about Christian foster parents still ringing in our ears, Crimperman asks the Church to “Stop jumping the gun“.
  • Richard Littledale asks what the value of words are.
  • During the week of the ipad2 launch @jonwitout asks us to think about materialism and the first chapter of Haggai. (I’m not sure if it was due to the iPad2 launch or not).
  • Vic The Vicar is looking at the homeless issue in Westminster and has asked, what are we doing that makes a difference?
  • And finally… Dave Walker has summed up how I normally feel on trains

Hello. Our Church is still a Mac.

With thanks to @gerrarrdus here are a few more:

  1. Everyone in it thinks its great. Everyone else is kinda confused by it.
  2. The Church leader wears dorky clothes and is uncomfortable around women* (can be confused with fundamentalist Baptists)
  3. When it gets hot, you find out people dont know how to use windows properly.

*[Editors Note – Can also be applied to plenty of PC owners / churches as well]

Any more. Please feel free to leave a comment below:

Hello. Our Church Is A Mac

With thanks to @PaulMTilley @gerrarrdus, here are ten signs of a church being a Mac:

  1. Lets face it you look nice.
  2. Your Church building is very easy to find your way around – once you get used to it.
  3. Everyone involved is so so passionate! You dont need help with evangelism at your church… you do it anyway!
  4. Everyone looks so good, there’s almost a dress code.
  5. Pastoral care is nice and easy… No one ever feels broken.
  6. On that note… No one admits to getting a virus either.
  7. Style over teaching?
  8. You employ a creative director, because you’re that creative
  9. Leaky roof? PA system blown up? Thats ok, people can find the money to help replace bits and pieces.
  10. You might do the same stuff but you know it looks more exciting than the PC down the road

Any more?

Hello. Our Church Is A PC

With thanks to @PaulMTilley @gerrarrdus, here are ten signs of a church being a PC:

  1. My Word! You’re a practical bunch aren’t you!
  2. Nicely accepting as well anyone can join in.
  3. Shame you lot accept any passing colds and other viruses as well…
  4. You’re honest. You accept your failings.
  5. If someone wants to bring their friend along… the chances are their friend is going to fit in easier with you than the Mac down the road…
  6. Teaching over style?
  7. You try and start on time, but it takes a while to get started.
  8. Remember that time everything was going really well, smoothly, in the flow, then it… all goes blue!
  9. Simple questions all the time. For Example “Are you sure you want to pray? Yes or No”
  10. When a service goes wrong, you need to stop, close all the church windows, then start the service again.

Is there anything we should have included?

Part 2 is due later this week…