To make it possible for everyone to attend church next Sunday, my brother Frank’s Church is going to have a special No Excuse Sunday.
- Cots will be placed in the vestibule for those who say that Sunday is the only day they can sleep in.
- We will have steel helmets for those who say the roof would cave in if they ever came to church.
- Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot.
- We will have hearing aids for those who say the Pastor speaks too softly – and cotton for those who say he preached too loudly.
- Score cards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.
- Some relatives will be in attendance for those who like to go visiting on Sundays.
- There will be TV dinners for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner too.
- One section will be devoted to trees and grass for all those who like to seek God in nature.
- Finally, the sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.