What a week it has been here at the iMonastery. We’ve had some very good conversations about some very difficult topics, which, I think, have left us all worn out. I think it might be nice if we all get a glass of iced tea, find a spot under the shade tree, and smile a bit. Shall we, my fellow ramblers?
Ok, you can make your beverage a cup of coffee. After all, it’s good for you. Again. Until the next study tells us it’s bad for us. Again.
Oops. Seems the body of a murdered mobster found its way into the crypts in the Vatican. Police want to question the corpse regarding the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl who has been missing since 1983. This brought up the question of why this figure of organized crime was buried with bishops and cardinals in the first place. And why were there many other bones in the tomb of the criminal? So many questions. You may need a second cup of coffee as you solve this riddle.
You may need some Pepto-Bismol as you read this. Seems “Pastor Fashion” is not a joke. Seriously. Ed Young, Jr. is the self-proclaimed Mr. Blackwell of Christian fashion. Oh, but it’s for a good reason. “It’s not just about fashion,” said Young, prescient of his naysayers, ”it’s about looking presentable as we present the timeless message of Christ. It’s about having a healthy self-esteem, which starts with God. That’s why we’re doing this.” Ok …
So, there’s this church in Portland, Oregon that some former members consider to be spiritually abusive. One woman who left that church started a blog about her experiences there. The church was not amused and is suing for half a million green rectangles. All in Christian love, of course.
Columnist E.J. Dionne tells why he, a liberal Catholic, has no interest in leaving the Catholic church. A very good article indeed.
It seems not many Filipinos know how to play football, nor who Tim Tebow is. But there are many orphans who have learned kindness through the works of Tebow’s father, who has operated an orphanage in the Philippines for twenty years now. Oh, and the kids are getting some tips on throwing a football. From Tim Tebow. Cool story.
Chuck Colson was memorialized this week at the National Cathedral in D.C. “Hugger of lepers, friend of sinners.” How can you beat that?
Chaplain Mike finally found a way his beloved Cubs can stop being lovable losers. And no, it doesn’t involve them becoming unlovable losers. It seems just a wee bit on the radical side, but we are talking about a team that hasn’t been to the World Series since before World War I. Not II, but I. Tell us, Mike: will you be among those lining up to swing the wrecking ball?
Jesus Popsicles. No, really. Jesus Popsicles. Made with consecrated wine and everything.
That’s not enough for you? Ok then. To go along with the release of the demon-hunting computer game Diablo III this week comes the news that Jesus is now ready to become a videogame character in … ready? … Journey of Jesus: The Calling. How can I make this up? Why would I make this up?
Finally, the Synonymous Rambler showed me a card this week found on the SR’s windshield at a local mall. It advertises for a new church in Tulsa (they pop up like mushrooms after a steady rain here in my fair city) called Revolve Church. Their motto? “Revolve Church…Because We Like To Party.” No, really. Here is their attempt to draw new members: “We are not your typical church. We go where the party is at.” Now, what offends you the most: a church pretending to be an ongoing party, or the fact that they have horrible grammar?
Happy clappy birthdays were sung this last week for George Carlin; George Karl; Kix Brooks; Emilio Estevez; Joe “The Champ” Louis; Jim Jones; Ritchie Valens; Dennis Rodman; Darius Rucker; David Byrne; George Lucas; and Mike Oldfield.
When Mike Oldfield originally released Tubular Bells in 1973, he practically invented a whole new musical genre. Always an enjoyable listen. So listen … and enjoy.