Looking at Goliath

david and goliath

We at The Church Sofa, can not pass the book of 1 Samuel, without taking some time to look at Chapter 17. The home of one of this epic battles of The Old Testament. The original David v Goliath battle itself. This battle story has led to the use of “David vs Goliath” to describe almost any story were someone has to face overwhelming odds, and probably has no chance of winning.

We’re going to take a look at how Goliath has been represented over the years.

The Classic Goliath

There are the traditional paintings that have been created over the centuries.

David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888) (found at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath )
David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888) (found at Wikipedia )

The Updated Goliath

We have the computer generated characters within games.

Found at biblekids3d.com
Found at biblekids3d.com 

The Friendly Looking Monster

There are also Disney style monster Goliaths.

Found at http://entrepreneurialambitions.com/2011/11/02/taking-on-goliath/
Found at http://entrepreneurialambitions.com/2011/11/02/taking-on-goliath/

The team you have no hope of beating.

Goliath can also look like the football match your team have no chance of winning in. (Exeter City managed a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford)

Found at Exeter City's trip to Old Trafford will be a great day for their fans but that is about it - they won't get the result they want against Manchester United. (Mark Lawrenson) izquotes.com
Found at izquotes.com

The Massive Monster

Goliath seems to symbolise the unbeatable monster.

Found over at  www.psxextreme.com
Found over at www.psxextreme.com


The thing is:

That unbeatable monster, can just be waking up tomorrow morning.

Good Morning

Struggling with this sort of thing? Dont suffer in silence. There are a number of places online you can get help from, including  samaritans.org, and mind.org.uk.

This post was originally featured on The Big Bible Website.

Church Sofa A – Z Guide To Church. Burning The Heathens

Everyone now and then, Churches get upset about things. Sometimes this is about things like homelessness, and food poverty, other times it could be things like worship song choices, Mark Driscoll, or women not allowed to preach. The list that causes it is long, but every now and then, people both on and off Twitter, go into what we call “Burning The Heathens” mode.

If you are involved in a Heathen Burning, we recommend to remember the following check list:

  1. Pitchfork (Sharpened)
  2. Axes
  3. Burning torches
  4. Bible Teaching from someone you agree with.
  5. Lack of patience.
  6. Lack of willingness to discuss.
  7. Don’t ask why
  8. Find fuel for the fire.
  9. Don’t check if this happening elsewhere.
  10. Acceptance.

The Church Sofa website does not support the idea of actually burning people. Thats not nice, and you would deserve the full force of the law on you if you were to do sometime like that – you nasty person!

This post may have been ripped off a previous post, but I think it kinda works here as well.

A look at @YouVersion

Do you struggle with the Bible?

Personally I do. Not because of any deep seated theologically based reason, but simply because I’m not the world’s biggest reader. Any regular visitor to The Church Sofa would probably guess that if I do read, I read shorter sharper snippets, rather then sitting down for longer articles.

I guess I approach reading books in a similar way; instead of sitting down somewhere and opening a book, I’m far more inclined to open the Kindle app on my iPhone while sat on the train, and read a chapter quickly before the train gets to my stop.

So if I struggle with the idea of reading any book, how do I read a book that some people consider large, long, and boring?

Enter YouVersion. Never heard of it? Well in the words of the Youversion.com :

“The Bible App™ is a free Bible for mobile devices. Based on the online Bible, YouVersion.com, the Bible App allows users to read the Bible, share verses with their social networks, bookmark their favorite passages, and more—all in a format that keeps up with their increasingly mobile lifestyle.”

On one level, its nice simple and very straightforward to use. If you want to use this on an iPhone / iPad, it really is a case of going to the app store, type in Bible, and its there with a picture of a Bible with “Holy Bible” written on the front of it. When you bear in mind that its free, its very hard to miss!

You can stop there, and use it as a Bible in your pocket. (possible to help you with #Bible365) Or you can take a bit of time and dive into some of the extra options on the app, or log into the Youversion.com website and find the ways that help turn this from a Bible app, into a tool to help you engage with the Bible. You can save notes and bookmarks, and share them with friends. The Live Events are also worth looking out for. What really makes this app stand out though are the Bible Reading Plans. These give the chance to read a number of structured Bible reading plans on either mobile, the website, or have the updates emailed to you, meaning that your time reading the Bible fits into your day as naturally as possible.

All that aside, what really sells this app to me is quite simply the alarm function.

Do you forget to read the Bible? Then this alarm can help you make Bible reading a habit.

This post originally appeared on The Big Bible

Church Sofa reflection #1 – Job Done.

Beer and Bible - Jesus The Carpenter
Well here goes for the first Church Sofa Devotion /Reflection /Bible bit/ thing. And as is the season it’s about Easter. We’ve deliberately not drawn any conclusions so feel free to draw your own and please share them too.

I’m the son of a carpenter. Which lead to great fun growing up getting to go to building sites and help my Dad bring walls down and then build something in it’s place. Recently I’ve, at times, been wandering about maybe following in the trade, though I think this may just be me trying to escape work.

Anyway a few thousand years ago carpenters had a tradition. They’d have a cloth with them that they’d wipe sweat away with and clean up their work with too. And when they’d finish the job they’d fold up the cloth and leave it behind.  It was a symbol to say the job is finished, my work is done. A few interesting thoughts, Jesus was a carpenter, when he came out of the tomb he left behind a folded up cloth. My work is done.




When was the last time you read the Bible?

We had a bit of a heart to heart earlier, and well… Housegroup / youth group preparation / Church services aside… we’re not great Bible readers…

So I thought I would ask how you guys are doing?

When was the last time you read the Bible, not including the above mentioned events, or “The Blokes Bible”, “Street Bible” etc…

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The results will be announced when we have enough replies to make a meaningful comment.