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About jonbirch

animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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13 Responses to 952

  1. laura says:

    …and yet, we can not be apart.

  2. Jael says:

    are you Sure you’re not reading my mind? This one was so accurate it Hurt!

  3. ED... (who blogs at Sincere Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity) says:

    Good job Jesus didn’t say that.

  4. Will Taylor says:

    Ed. I wonder if he was here now would he?

  5. Tiggy says:

    I can’t imagine he went back to the synagogue after they tried to stone him to death. I don’t think he’d have been too welcome at the Temple either.

  6. Caroline TOO says:

    the trouble comes when you increasingly feel that the road Jesus is asking you to follow him
    on, is a road that the local christian institution won’t or can’t join you on…

    of course there are other pilgrims to be with, to do church family with,

    but still, it’s an anxious moment as you consider walking away… how much of the decision is
    frustration, how much hurt, how much hyper individualism…

    none of these are healthy reasons for parting from a local Christian institution (even if,
    for example, the ‘hurt’ might make it necessary)

    it’s the worry that hangs around the doubt of whether this is God’s way or MY way…

    we so need others to walk with and advise us on those questions, but sometimes the others that we
    have around us in the local christian institution are the very people we fear are diverting
    the walk we see as following Jesus…

    it’s very difficult…

    and you’ve possible spotted…

    that I don’t have an answer yet..

    which is why I so resonate with this cartoon, thanks Jon! :-)

  7. AnneDroid says:

    ED @ #3, it’s funny you should say that because when I saw Jon’s cartoon I did think of Jesus wanting to say that to the church.

    And I have evidence!

    Yesterday I had to preach on the letter of Jesus to the Laodicean church (in Revelation ch 3), which contains the extremely gross image “Because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I’m about to spit you out of my mouth”.

  8. JohnnyontheSpot says:

    “I can’t imagine he went back to the synagogue after they tried to stone him to death. I don’t think he’d have been too welcome at the Temple either.”

    …and yet he kept on preaching at different temples and to all he saw, performing miracles and acts of mercy, even though his reputation was such that he was not welcome in some. Yet, there were many temples and leaders who sought to hear him out (Nicodemus, for example). For their sake, he continued to work with the temples and preach the Word, even to the point of death.

    That is Christianity, Tiggy: doing what is righteous, caring for the marginalized, and walking with Christ, knowing that while the world has hardened the hearts of many, that one cannot lose faith in humanity, in God’s beautiful creation.

    My journey from church to church was a long one, and it took me years before I found a church that truly understood the Word and was not so concerned with politics and the quest for worldly power.

  9. Dawn says:

    have to remember that the church is actually the people not the building. and we are told in Hebrews not to neglect meeting together with other Christians.

  10. Darren says:

    ‘it’s not you, it’s me’

  11. jonbirch says:

    hey darren… which one is saying it?

  12. quoting Caroline TOO @6

    the trouble comes when you increasingly feel that the road Jesus is asking you to follow him
    on, is a road that the local christian institution won’t or can’t join you on…

    Spot on!

  13. TomC says:

    As much as this cartoon resonated with me very deeply Caroline Too’s comment hit me even harder

    “but still, it’s an anxious moment as you consider walking away… how much of the decision is
    frustration, how much hurt, how much hyper individualism…

    none of these are healthy reasons for parting from a local Christian institution (even if,
    for example, the ‘hurt’ might make it necessary)

    it’s the worry that hangs around the doubt of whether this is God’s way or MY way… ”

    made tougher still when there’s family involvedWhat of my wife? what of my son? and If I do walk away where do I go?

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