This Christianity magazine editorial by John Buckeridge is interesting if you are an observer of church goings-on in the UK. I found it via the Ekklesia article ‘Evangelicals urged to drop the ‘e’ word‘.
It is certainly true that Evangelicals in the UK are different beasts to Evangelicals in the USA. (I am not saying that either are beasts. It is a figure of speech.) Well done to John Buckeridge for raising this thorny issue.
As an aside, you might remember that I wrote about the Evangelical Alliance in a post entitled Christian Unity a month or so back. I was saying something along the lines of ‘Shouldn’t all Christians work together, not just Evangelicals?’ Well, I had a very nice e-mail and letter back, which I don’t think I mentioned here on the blog. And it seems to me that since the last time I looked the Alltogether page on the EA website does seem to read a bit more inclusively. Marvellous.
Update: Discussion on John Buckeridge’s article is taking place on Jonny Baker’s site and Tall Skinny Kiwi’s too.
Posted by Dave at 10:03 am on April 25, 2006 and filed under Ecumenical matters.
I get tens of comments every day from various friends with pharmacy-related websites. Here are the messages from two of todays:
Not much on my mind right now, but it’s not important. I’ve just been letting everything happen without me. I just don’t have anything to say right now.
I can’t be bothered with anything these days, but such is life. I don’t care. So it goes. More or less nothing seems worth thinking about. I’ve just been hanging out waiting for something to happen, but that’s how it is.
Dear spammers. Please, find someone to talk to. It may not be that bad. In fact it probably isn’t that bad. Have a chat with a friend. Make sure you’re getting enough exercise and eating properly. Sit down with a glass of wine and some old Father Ted videos, then get an early night. I’m sure that things will look better tomorrow.
Posted by Dave at 3:06 pm on April 24, 2006 and filed under Cartooning, Sundry posts.
Dull and technical post.
A user of my website is geting the “Sorry, you don’t have a license to use this image on your website” message when they try to look at some of the cartoons.
This message normally occurs when a third party website tries to ‘hotlink’ a cartoon, ie use an image hosted on my site on their website. I have enabled something called ‘hotlink protection’, which makes this message appear. However, this message is being seen on my site, which is really not what should be happening. I was wondering whether anyone else is getting this problem, particularly those using Mac OS X version 10.4.6 and the Safari browser. This is a sample of a cartoon where the problem is occurring.
Any feedback would be welcomed, especially from Mac users.
Posted by Dave at 9:42 am on April 24, 2006 and filed under Technical.
Thanks to Stuart for the picture, taken at Holy Trinity Church Eastbourne. It is an OHP screen if that isn’t clear. I tried to take the picture myself but my phone takes 2 minutes (literally) to turn on.
It’s all go this week. Two weeks to the Christian Resources Exhibition and I have two months worth of preparation to do. Well, a lot anyway. Please forgive me if I am slow to reply to your e-mails or do the things I should be doing.
Posted by Dave at 9:25 am on April 24, 2006 and filed under Church.
I am expecting a barrage of two or three comments or e-mails from people explaining that they will not be continuing to read the Cartoon Blog as I have resorted to posting material that is largely without merit.
Tonight is the church Annual General Meeting. I would like to point out that I am not going along with the collection of cartoon ideas as one of my main motives. I will not be standing for any of the posts though because I can demonstrate incompetence in all of the areas of need. As I will not be thinking of cartoon ideas and will not be standing for election to a post of responsibility there will be little for me to do except sit there and listen attentively, perhaps nodding sensibly where appropriate.
Obviously if anyone else was to go to their church AGM or indeed to their church and should happen to come away with good cartoon ideas it would be wrong of me not to listen were they to post them in the comments.
Posted by Dave at 5:48 pm on April 23, 2006 and filed under Cartoons, Church, Mundane.
Posted by Dave at 11:26 am on April 22, 2006 and filed under Cartoons.
Going back to church is now in the latest updates section of CartoonChurch.com, my church resources site. A licence for unlimited re-use of all my stuff in your church for a year costs 35 British pounds.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tonight I am going to an informational evening about barrel organs.
Posted by Dave at 3:03 pm on April 21, 2006 and filed under Cartoons.
The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches is now competing with the Greenbelt festival on its own quite literal turf. The ‘Bible Festival’ will be at the Cheltenham racecourse from the 7th to the 9th of August 2007 (Thursday-Saturday to avoid festivalling on a Sunday). Their website will be biblefestival.com, but isn’t up and running yet. Headline act will be top exegetical preacher Don Carson.
I’ve been sent all the advertising blurb and have been offered the ‘possibility of having your own marquee and running your own seminars’. Oooh. Seminars. I could do a good seminar. Any requests for topics?
Posted by Dave at 11:36 am on April 21, 2006 and filed under Ecumenical matters, Festivals and Exhibitions.
I was going to draw something poignant about this modern world we have created for ourselves, but came up with this instead. I thought about adding it to We Blog Cartoons, my cartoons for bloggers site, but thought better of it as it isn’t quite up to the mark. It might however come in useful for retiring telecommunications executives called upon to do one last lecture on ‘The Industry as I have known it’.
As an aside, John asked about my recent trip to Southend to meet the government:
I’m more interested to know what the government was doing in Southend. All out on a day trip from the House? Was the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries sampling cockles at Leigh-on-Sea?
Nearly. I actually went to a seminar run by the local branch of the government entitled ‘How to fill in forms’. The first session was on the old way using pen and paper. Then after coffee the modern methods using a computer were brought to our attention. It was attended by two retired nautical gentlemen and me. [And me? And I? Help me out pedants!] It seemed odd that only the three of us were invited, but I suppose cartoonists are not known for their administrative abilities and filling in forms at sea is tricky owing to the movement of the waves, tides etc.
Posted by Dave at 12:36 am on April 21, 2006 and filed under Cartoons, Utter nonsense.
I’ve been reading some late 1960′s Christian literature. This is part of an advert placed by one rather interesting Protestant organisation:
Those heathen Roman Catholics and Anglo Catholics. I’ve edited out some of the more boring points – it was a long advert. I think we have moved on slightly since 1968.
On a different note I quite enjoyed this:
There’s nothing worse than a manager you feel might topple over at any moment.
Posted by Dave at 11:31 am on April 20, 2006 and filed under Church, Ecumenical matters.
I’ve been speaking to the government in Southend this morning. Hence no time for cartoons, but here are some links I’ve found over the last few days:
The Dilbert Blog: Non Prophet Organization
Dilbert creator Scott Adams wants to know why Christians don’t become Muslims. How do we choose which prophets to believe?
Cut N Spray » Maya’s good friday
Great stencil art on a church door, found via Jonny Baker. Contains strong language.
Nouslife: Alcohol and depression
Andii has thoughts on why alcohol isn’t great as a depression remedy.
Map Gallery of Religion in the United States
These maps of religions in the USA have been floating around a few blogs for a week or two now. See religious adherents and church bodies in particular. Fascinating.
“Its a good idea . . . but a little on the sexist side – what about the men?”
Posted by Dave at 2:46 pm on April 19, 2006 and filed under Links: bloggers.
As I mentioned the other day four of my cartoons are available as Greetings cards. The four designs are this one (above), ‘The young people‘, ‘Orange juice‘ and ‘My life broken down into segments‘ which I’ve just realised isn’t on the site anywhere in non-card form.
I’m going to have a stall at the Christian Resources Exhibition in three weeks time and so I’m planning to produce a couple of extra card designs. But which ones? Any thoughts you might have welcomed. I’m afraid I won’t be able to make everyones favourite cartoon into a card, but who knows, I might be able to do so with one or two.
Posted by Dave at 6:49 pm on April 18, 2006 and filed under Cartoons, Festivals and Exhibitions.