ASBO Jesus Rocks!!

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Jon from ASBO Jesus posted on my Facebook wall saying “I’ve done an ASBO portrait of you”. I spent an hour or so looking for enough Internet connectivity to have a look.

Wealth and fame, a Jedi craves not these things!

(hope this works, I’m next to Hadrian’s wall using my phone to try and post this)

He is Risen, Alleluia!!

It Is Finished

It Is Finished

Originally uploaded by The Muffin Man

To God

You have got to love the humble man who heads the Anglican Church.  A six year old girl asked “To God, How did you get invented?” in an RE lesson at primary school and her very witty atheist father emailed it to lots of church authorities.  Rowan wrote back.

Dear Lulu,

Your dad has sent on your letter and asked if I have any answers. It’s a difficult one! But I think God might reply a bit like this –

‘Dear Lulu – Nobody invented me – but lots of people discovered me and were quite surprised. They discovered me when they looked round at the world and thought it was really beautiful or really mysterious and wondered where it came from. They discovered me when they were very very quiet on their own and felt a sort of peace and love they hadn’t expected.

Then they invented ideas about me – some of them sensible and some of them not very sensible. From time to time I sent them some hints – specially in the life of Jesus – to help them get closer to what I’m really like.

But there was nothing and nobody around before me to invent me. Rather like somebody who writes a story in a book, I started making up the story of the world and eventually invented human beings like you who could ask me awkward questions!’

And then he’d send you lots of love and sign off.

I know he doesn’t usually write letters, so I have to do the best I can on his behalf. Lots of love from me too.

+Archbishop Rowan

What a guy.  Encore!!

Good Friday

declare this an emergency
come on and spread a sense of urgency
and pull us through
and pull us through
and this is the end
this is the end of the world

it’s time we saw a miracle
come on it’s time for something biblical
to pull us through
and pull us through
and this is the end
this is the end of the world

proclaim eternal victory
come on and change the course of history
and pull us through
and pull us through
and this is the end
this is the end of the world

We Will Not Be Disappointed

Thanks to Linus for recommending that I click on http://spring.inglasshouses.com/ 

This beautiful video comes with the tag line “Something about Easter”.  Indeed.

Heaven

 

Dear Mr XKCD Dude,

you are a genius and you brighten up my life with your satirical view of statistics, science, faith, geeks like me and society in general.  You are a blessing to the world.  Long may you continue to make me laugh and think all at the same time.

The Changingworship Dude

PS, I love your small print:

We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves.
The algorithm is banned in China. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus.

This is not the algorithm. This is close.

Art vs The Church

Richard Littledale asks an interesting question on his blog about this piece of art by Alfonso Ossorio.  He wanted to know “How would you feel looking at this image on a Sunday”?  As you can see, this is a mural placed behind the altar in a church.  As the Eucharist is celebrated this image dominates the scene.  Personally, I love it.  It conveys such vivid imagery and deep theological meaning.  I wonder if I could find a good quality image of it for use on Easter Sunday Morning.

In the past I have seen the problems that a piece of art like this can cause.  The stained glass window at a new-build church I have sporadically attended in the past caused major controversy when the church was first opened.  It is still talked about whenever I visit.  What was the major heresy that the person who placed these pieces of coloured glass together had committed?  Firstly, the glass used was in modern vivid colours.  This in itself could no doubt be over looked but this is just the first of the window’s crimes.  The image itself depicted Jesus as a dark-haired, distinctly “foreign” looking gentleman.  Shocking I know!  To compound this, the Sacred Heart wasn’t not shaped like a Valentine card, it was shaped like a…. heart.  Unbelievable!!  Jesus sacred heart is shaped like an organ that pumps blood around the human body?  Shocking!! 

Many people do not want to be challenged by their faith, they seek to be comforted by it.  A faith that challenges demands action and possibly even change.  For many people this brings feelings of insecurity and this can be a troubling experience.

Having discussed the window, it would seem that people would have been much happier with a stained glass window depicting a nice blonde King Arthur holding a valentine’s card.  These things highlight that there is a disconnect between those who control many of our churches the reality of the society in which we serve.  Many of those who are in a position to make decisions about the direction of a church would like to perpetuate the memories of youth.  The church organises village fetes reminiscent of the 1950’s.  We commission art that is in a style of 100-200 years ago.  We seek to create a modern version of Victorian stained glass.  We ask our musicians to write music reminiscent of centuries gone by as it is reminiscent of a shared childhood experience from early in the twentieth century.

So what are the implications of this?  If we don’t allow our artists to create and perform their art within the church they will do it elsewhere.  If we chase everyone out of our churches and into the big wide world we will need to be prepped and ready to turn the lights off in our buildings and lock the door for the last time.

The Viral Bible Project

As part of the Biblefresh initiative to celebrate 400 years of the authorised version of the bible, the Viral Bible project was launched this week at Spring Harvest.

The Viral Bible Project has taken off with a roar at Spring Harvest Skegness, as the members of the Christian Motorcycle Association got ten new Bibles into circulation around the country. The Bibles will be passed on from hand to hand, linking friends and sharing Bible passages along the way.

Specially-customised NIV Bibles, donated by publishers, Hodder, will be randomly distributed at Christian festivals such as ROOTS, Keswick, New Wine, Summer Madness, Leading Edge and Soul Survivor during the spring and summer.

The happy recipients will be invited to enter their basic details and highlight a passage that has challenged or influenced them. They will log onto a dedicated website – www.viralbibleproject.com to place a ‘pin’ on a Googlemap, and then pass their Bible on – to go as far afield as possible.

It sounds like quite a fun way of engaging with the scriptures.  I wonder if someone will pass one on to me.

Video Resource – The Prodigal Son

I found this on my desktop – someone sent a link to it on YouTube a while ago.  I can’t for the life of me remember if I posted it at the time.  If not, enjoy.  If I did – enjoy again!!