Every now and then, Sofa is lucky enough to get a moment to read a book. The interestingly titled “Credulous” is the last that landed in my direction… and it’s an interesting one to define and describe, without referring to the subtitle itself: “A journey through life, faith, and the church bulletin.”
Well let’s ignore the church bulletin bit, but concentrate on the word “journey”, because that’s what this is. In a warm chatty style, Andrea L. Lingle talks all things life, and in amongst life starts to unpick and deconstruct her faith.
I am tired of being a person of the cross. I am tired of blood and violence. I am tired of wearing a symbol of torture around my neck and claiming that God loves me and I love God. I want to be a person of something else.
Whilst very chatty, this is book that highlights some of those parts of the bible that may feel a little tired. Such as detail about mustard seeds.
I’ll struggle to look at mustard seeds in the same way after this book. I will definitely struggle to see how much the church can be like the kingdom of God without being ridiculously flown out.
Throughout the book, Andrea L. Lingle journeys through her reasons to leave the church, such as grief, cynicism, and disillusionment.
Yet somehow though this journey, she seems to find more of a God waiting to offer Grace, and journey through life with her.
Everyone always told me that prayer was talking to God. What if prayer is being with God?
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!
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.
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.
The Sofa’s weekly round up of stuff and – sometimes nonsense found online this week…
Stop Trying to Heal Me.
The BBC have had a look at what its like when people try and pray for you… no actually its a lot more complicated and serious then that…
From time to time, without warning or encouragement, I get approached in the street by Christians who tell me they want to pray for me to get my sight back. Since I became blind as a teenager this has been a regular yet annoying by-product of being an independent disabled person who can walk about on the street.
The last time this happened was on the London underground. The train was packed full of people all studiously ignoring each other when a man put his hand on my shoulder and asked if he could pray for my sight to be restored. But more about that later.
The Mid-Faith Crisis guys talk about work, “…and its importance in our lives. How can we be a blessing in the workplace? What can it show us about our own stories? What’s the problem with the phrase ‘work-life balance’? And why does Nick think that it’s OK to record a podcast while eating a fish finger sandwich?“
Picture you’ve just arrived at Housegroup, and someone there refers to you briefly by your sons name / daughters name / some name that isn’t actually your name. The person in question moves on quickly, and you don’t a chance to comment…
Then… During the Bible Study you are again referred to by the same name / the name that really isn’t you.
At what point is it socially acceptable to correct that person?
During the prayers? Possibly a prayer for forgiveness? If not, when?