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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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  1. nakedpastor says:

    i’ve experienced that before!

  2. jonbirch says:

    i bet you have!

  3. Caroline says:

    …but I wonder why we feel the need to give an answer?

    Oh, of course, I have answers,

    ones that seem pretty convincing to me


    I just wonder if an honest, “that’s difficult” might suffice…

    who benefits from a good anwer? Them, I doubt it, my suspicion was that their question was a conversational gambit…

    I have a friend called Derek, he makes me laugh. He’s kind in his own way but at times he is, I’m afraid, a complete ***e**le. Now other friends, in exasperation at times, may ask me why I’m still a friend to him…

    I’m not sure, it’s a bit of a puzzle really

    but he is, and I’m loyal to him and at times, I suspect that if these other friends spent a bit of time with him then they’d like him to and the questions would drift away.

  4. jonbirch says:

    answers are over rated in my view… the dereks of this world need friends too.
    given that most of my cartoons have a go at the church, i thought i’d do something a little more sympathetic. :-)

  5. I realized I am just now asking the right questions. That’s the quest I think is worth pursuing.

  6. jonbirch says:

    here’s a thought… there’s more joy in a question than an answer, because an answer takes away mystery and wonder… this works for me.
    not sure if it would work if you were a medical researcher looking for a cure, but when it comes to faith it might be true. when the quest is over and we reach the destination maybe then the answer will be joyous… i’m going to ponder it some more.

  7. My hero is Mike Yaconelli (he edited my first article and got me started on this strange journey of being a religious satirist) for him the quest was never over even after he was tragically killed in a car accident. Ilove his childlike glee that he exhibited for every moment he was alive on this planet.

  8. Check out the Beliefnet “Are you an atheist or a believer survey?” http://www.beliefnet.com/section/quiz/index.asp?sectionID=10000&surveyID=40 – it’s so black and white and I am sooo gray these days.

  9. jonbirch says:

    mike yaconelli is a hero of mine too. met him at greenbelt a couple of years ago, just a few weeks before his tragic death. i was amazed when he knew who i was. i was devastated by what happened to him! the best speaker i’ve heard at greenbelt by a mile.
    i’ve sampled him before now and used bits of him talking in mine and jonny bakers music… he’s a big, big loss… but his spirit lives on!

    i’m going to go and do that survey now.

  10. jonbirch says:

    i’m an on the fence agnostic apparently… i was always looking for a middle question that didn’t seem to be there… i don’t do certainty very well! :-)

  11. My first article was “Beavis and Butthead Are Saved” – what if these guys became fundy Christians. I was told Mike laughed his head off editing it. Kewl. Never got to meet him but I interviewed him by phone in 2000 for The Wittenburg Door. I quote him whenver possible so people know to keep reading his stuff. He’s like Henri Nouwen – so simple yet so incredibly profound (though I don’t know if Henri Nouwen ever put a chicken hat on his head and other Mike-like moves.)

    I did the same on the survey – I was deemed agnostic or borderline believer depending on how I answered the true/false questions. There was NO middle ground or place to question and say “maybe.” And that’s where I’m at – and it’s a great place to be … at least for me.

  12. Caroline says:

    I got as far as question 7 before I gave up the will to live and said “Sod this for a game of soldiers”

  13. Pingback: I’m a Christian | An Unfinished Soul

  14. It is hard to be Christian in today’s world. It is hard to be any kind of religion at all in today’s world.

    It is hard to be not-Christian in today’s world. It is hard to not be religious at all in today’s world.

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