Safe Conversations for Christians at Christmas – 2020

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Christmas 2020. The chances are Christmas is going to look different for you. You may be spending a lot of Christmas online with people? You might be spending Christmas with different people.

You may be spending Christmas with the same people you normally do.

Either way, Christmas seems to be a time when people talk a bit more than they normally do, and you may not be talking with people that agree with you. You may end up with people who vote Donald Trump, when you vote correctly Biden, or you may find yourself sharing a Turkey with people who voted remain, when you like the idea of Brexit.

Basically… you might find yourself with people you totally disagree with…

So here are a few safe Christian conversation starters that might help over Christmas…

  1. Santa. Best in Green or Red?
  2. What would Jesus build?
  3. Lets open some windows?
  4. How silence can help us connect with the world within us.
  5. Its a bit different this year isn’t it…
  6. Favourite books of the year.
  7. The joy of mince pies
  8. Rob Bell or John Piper?
  9. Coke or Pepsi?
  10. At what point should there be a new church set up for the new “car parks” in Kent?
  11. If Santa and Jesus shared a drink, what would they order?
  12. Rules of PCC top trumps.
  13. Most acceptable online sermon length.
  14. If I had a Bible verse on my mask, what should it be?
  15. More Tea?
  16. This sucks, right?

What should be added?

10 Things Not To Say…

… When you’re chatting to other Christian type people that you’ve met for the first time… perhaps you’re at a wedding with ALOT of folks from another church or something…

  1. “Baptist? Really?”
  2. “Urgg…. I’m so hung over…”
  3. “Oh you go to that new Church? How many conversations have you had since you started?
  4. In response to “How do you know the lucky couple?”, DO NOT SAY “We used to go out drinking together”. The person you’re talking to probably hates drinking…
  5. “So do you reckon Rob Bell is a heretic?”
  6. “Hey, How YOU doin”
  7. “Yeah… I go to the cool church down the road…”
  8. “You like Driscoll? Really??”
  9. “How can you like Quiche????”
  10. “yeah… we baptist people the biblical way in our church…”

Not entirely made up…

Is there anything else of note that we’ve not included? 

Church Sofa Half Serious Guide2Church: LoveWins

Well its a book, its a book by a guy called Rob Bell… and opinion about his book does seem to vary from place to place. Depending on who you talk depends on what of the following opinions you seem to get in return:

  • A book that asks more questions then anything else.
  • Its a book that says Hell doesn’t exist.
  • Its a book that doesn’t say that Hell doesn’t exist.
  • Its a marketing dream.
As for Team Sofa… we subscribe to the Marketing dream opinion…

Weekly RoundUp: Tech, Death, and Pole Dancers

Here’s this weeks round up:

  • Richard Littledale wonders if its ok to use Twitter in Church.
  • Its a little old, but as part of the above; Time Magazine has looked at Churches which use Twitter.
  • Keeping on the techie theme, Phil Ritchie looks at using the Bible on his blackberry.
  • The Rob Bell book: “Love Wins” still has people talking. The Funeral Director wonders why alot of pastors are so keen to judge, while they may well also be preaching the same message.
  • And finally… Pole Dancing for Jesus????