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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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18 Responses to 965

  1. JustPassinThru says:

    …so let me guess. The third strip will provide Goldilocks’ “just right” bowl of porridge?

    Predictable, but completely unreflective of reality as it stands, sorry; 964 & 965 are the totality of the thing; emphasis on the “people made” phrase in both.

    On a semi-related note, with the exception of one (1) biblioblogger, I’ve recently come to the realization (thick-skulled as I am) that the only Christians/believers (even of other religions) blogging are the priests/ministers/leaders/people in charge of the religions in question.

    Where is the view from those sitting in the ringside seats, I ask? Even Ship of Fools supposedly “watchdog” style commentary is provided by, and largely for, actually ministers/priests/pastors/ordained whatevers; you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on the outside of the hierarchy, writing about what it’s REALLY like to sit down in a church, ANY church, at all.

    Bit of a disconnect there, no?

  2. jonbirch says:

    just passinthru… you’ll be delighted to know that there will be no third cartoon. :-)

    “Bit of a disconnect there, no?”
    yes. more proof that the so-called ‘virtual’ online world is not virtual at all and repeats the same patterns as it’s so-called ‘real world’ equivalents.

    i find sitting in church to be a fairly arduous task in the main. i try to keep it to a bare minimum these days.

  3. Tiggy says:

    You’re completely wrong about Ship of Fools by the way, and I know plenty of lay Christians who blog. They probably don’t get as many readers though. Anyway, what are you talking about? Jon isn’t a minister.

  4. jonbirch says:

    tell you what… it’s a good job i’m not a minister. i’d have to have someone employed whose only remit was to get me to church and he’d have to be given my permission to use any tactics to get me there! ooh, just the thought of the carnage and misery a congregation might go through with me in charge sends a shiver down my spine. oh… it’s okay, there’d be no congregation… problem solved! :-)

  5. Hazel says:

    Of course there is emphasis on the “people made” I thought that was the whole point of the cartoons. I don’t see how that’s unreflective of reality. Everyone is so busy putting THEIR interpretation on what they believe God has said to THEM.
    I think you’ll find some views of those with ringsiders’ seat on this website.
    Happy Christmas Jon.

  6. Ben says:

    Is it the Word that is bigger or smaller? or the person listening to it!?

  7. goodfield says:

    So Jack Black is the Word! :-)

  8. Caroline TOO says:

    some days eyes makesim small and
    somedays eyes makesim big and loud,
    kinda wish I could rememeber that he’s big and gentle

  9. linus says:

    “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John’s gospel.

    So if the word is not full of unfailing love, its not the word. (Love is, of course, not always a pleasant or comfortable thing to experience).

  10. buzz says:

    i haven’t read other posts, but the thing that comes to mind is: as people we can’t change God – we are not that powerful. People can change the perspective we have on God, I can change the perspective that I have on God by my experiences but I don’t believe that God that can changed/manipulated by our own broken ways.

  11. goodfield says:

    Genesis 32:28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[f] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

  12. Tiggy says:

    Such a nice line. I think I’ll take that as my motto – it certainly feels like my life.

    ‘You have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.’

  13. beckyw says:

    I can provoke both reactions (this and the previous cartoon) in one day, I reckon. Pretty inconsistent in the way I read, interpret, explain and live out what the Bible says…but I hope I’m wandering a bit closer to Jesus as I stumble across the path from time to time on my meandering journey to becoming like him :-/

  14. linus says:

    seen as a friend’s facebook status: “In the beginning there was the vibration. And the sound was with god. And the language was god. And the word became flesh.”

    Happy Christmas Jon and all you asbo-ers. We have seen a light in the darkness. We have hope for a new year. Peace and grace to you all.

  15. jonbirch says:

    thanks linus! happy christmas to you too. :-)

    sorry for the quiet asbo period… sometimes life overtakes a person. :-)

  16. linus says:

    Jon, you have nothing to apologise for! We are very grateful for the time and effort you put into asbo and have no right to start making demands as a result of your longstanding generosity. I hope that the life that is overtaking you at the mo is full of blessing and joy, but if its a tough time right now please let us know if there is anything we as a community of peeps can do to help.

  17. jonbirch says:

    you’re a lovely guy linus. all is well as it happens… just life is busy, or has been, but that’s cool.
    best day of christmas was tuesday… we did all day breakfasts round our place for whoever could make it. ended up cooking 97 breakfasts! haha! :-D … it really was brilliant! even though it was a lot it was the best thing we’ve done in this house… a really joyful day. clare and i are already talking about next year.
    hope you had a good christmas. loads of love mate. :-)

  18. linus says:

    Sounds great, Jon. It reminds me a lot of what Don Miller often talks about – about being a participator and an instigator in life, rather than a consumer.

    Sounds like your breakfast last tuesday was a great story, and full of great sories – full of life. Thats a beautiful thing =] I’m so pleased to hear about it, and i’m really glad that things are going well for you.

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