Well, iMonks, the frost is on the pumpkin. Of all stupid sayings, that may be the leader of the pack. Yet it seems appropriate this weekend as much of the country is experiencing some very fall-like weather. Up in Maine, Ted and JoanieD may be telling us they’re experiencing winter-like weather, as they may have snow before the weekend is out. Yes indeed, the frost is on the pumpkin. Now, if only it was frosting on a pumpkin cupcake, that would make sense. More about cupcakes in a minute. Pull on that bib–it’s time to ramble.
Oh boy! It’s that time once again, time for Pulpit Freedom Sunday. It’s the one Sunday each year when preachers are encouraged to defy the IRS and endorse specific political candidates and issues from the pulpit. Jim Garlow explains why he thinks this important here. I know Jim well. He truly believes what he is doing is a way to “advance the kingdom.” I disagree strongly with Jim on this (and many other issues), but love him dearly. Whether you agree or disagree, please remember Jim and his wife, Carol, in prayer. Carol is staring cancer in the face right now.
Some say if Mitt Romney is elected as president, he will be the most religious president since … since … Who do you think has been the most religious Pastor In Chief of our great nation? The answer given by Slate may surprise you.
Not sure if you watched the presidential debate this week. Apparently a lot of people did. And many of those “a lot of people” tweeted their thoughts on the debate. (Uh, I used to debate. These made-for-TV events are not debates. They are opportunities for the candidates to speak in sound bites ans wish their wives happy anniversary. But I digress.) CNN has gathered what they think were the best tweets in one handy list. My favorite? If you don’t vote Obama, Mitt Romney is going to be eating me by the end of November. Show your support. #BigBird2012
We have conquered space, now we are going to drill to the center of the earth. The objective is to discover more about the beginnings of our planet. Just so you know.
Spiritual but not religious is a mantra chanted by many. But it just may prove as bogus as it sounds, according to Alan Miller. Then there are the Unitarian Universalists, who are religious but not spiritual, but are growing nonetheless. Which brings to mind the question, “What do you get when you mix a Jehovah’s Witness with a Unitarian?” Answer: Someone who knocks on your door, but for no apparent reason.
Some may think there is no apparent reason for the internet, but I would draw those skeptics’ attention to the Awkward Couples of Liberty web page. Oh those naughty Liberty students, napping when they should be studying constantly like all Asian students. Well, except for these Asian students. Now, aren’t you glad Al Gore invented the internet?
You know any dads who are full-time, stay-at-home dads? They are involved in unbiblical conduct. Or so says a Baptist professor. Really. Glad he is there to clarify this for us.
Ok, so your Rambler makes a mistake once in a while. I thought that the Canadian rock group Rush was already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Appears they’re not. Yet. And yes, the Meters belong in there, too. Have you been to the Rock Hall? It’s the only reason Cleveland exists.
And from the Really, Do You Think I Could Make Something Like This Up? department, when Jesus returns and stands upon the Mount of Olives in Israel, you will be able to watch it live on not one, but two different Christian TV networks. I crap you not. It’s stories like this that make me so very thankful to be your Rambler.
Finally, I promised you cupcakes. In doing research for this must-read edition of the Ramblings, I came across a recipe for cupcakes that make me want to dance and sing. It’s desserts like this that make me proud to be an American. Of course, you would have to pray, “Lord, forgive me for what I am about to eat,” but tell me you would not sit down and eat these until you passed into a coma. Of course you would.
Cupcakes were passed out for the following birthdays this last week: Stan Berenstain; Jerry Lee Lewis; Madeline Kahn; Mark Farner; Brant Gumbel; Truman Capote; Marc Bolan; Bonnie Parker; Jimmy Carter; Richard Harris; Groucho Marx; Gore Vidal; Lindsay Buckingham; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Buster Keaton; Anne Rice; Ray Kroc; and Dick Tracy.
Grand Funk Railroad is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though many people think they should be. Mark Farner has been hailed as one of the most innovative guitarists of his time and … Ok, sorry. I couldn’t hold a straight face any longer. Do you really think I would settle for anyone but one of the two greatest electric guitarists of all time? We have been looking at church music this month. Tell me you don’t want to worship the Lord as you watch and listen to SRV. Enjoy.