Happy Saturday, iMonks. A couple of weeks ago in my Sunday homily, I mentioned how I was looking for a certain type of apple called the “black twig.” It was the best apple I had ever had, but that was years ago. Well, I have a new favorite. I stopped at the store on the way home from church last week and found an apple called SweeTango. Oh. My. Goodness. My new favorite. Trouble is, it is an early-season apple, and I got the last bag the store had. I’m not sure if they will get any more in until next fall. I have one left which I’m going to eat for my lunch today. Last night, I used four large Granny Smith apples to bake a pie. Yes, I know the apple gets a bad rap from the scene in the Garden and all, but I love ’em. Now that we have that out of the way, shall we ramble?
Sarah Palin sure stays busy. She has moved from Alaskan governor to vice presidential candidate to media babe to … theologian? Palin weighed in earlier this week on Pope Francis, saying he was a little too liberal for her tastes. Then she backpedaled, saying the liberal media gave her some wrong information. She talked about how the media needs to get its facts straight. So, if you are keeping score at home, does that make Palin the pot or the kettle?
According to the liberal-est of all media, the New York Times, there are Catholics in the U.S. who are unhappy with the direction this pope is taking the Church. Seems everyone wants support for their favorite cause.
And an Italian prosector says that Francis may be in very real danger from the Mafia. Seems the pope is meddlin’ when he should just stick to preachin’. Of course, with many organized crime members who live in Italy being practicing Catholics, that makes it a bit more complicated. Hit men go to Mass before they kill someone? Help me out here. Isn’t that kind of frowned upon?
Rev. Randy drew our attention this week to this article which wonders if the end of Protestantism is nigh. I have never before heard the term “Reformational Catholicism.” Have you?
A Baptist church in Tennessee has un-invited one of the stars of the TV show Duck Dynasty to speak at its school’s fundraiser because the bearded family is now entering the wine business. I guess that kind of makes sense. What doesn’t make sense are the number of people who watch that show. I tried to watch one episode. I think I just live too close to Arkansas. It ain’t funny when it hits that close to home…
I’m not really sure of the significance of this next thing. Maybe you can shed light on it for us. The Mormon Church is set to become the largest private landowner in the state of Florida. Are they just now realizing that Utah gets cold in the winter?
George W. Bush was set to speak at a fundraiser for a group of Messianic Jews, much to the dismay of Jews who don’t believe Jesus to be the Messiah. What are we to call Jews who become Christians? Your thoughts?
Apparently there is only one Jew left in all of Afghanistan, and he is closing up his kebob shop. It’s not that his food is not good. It’s that you take your life in your hands just to go outside in Kabul, and no one’s kebabs are worth that risk. So there is one Jew and no known native Christians left in that country. What do you make of that?
This next story should surprise no one who has ever had to deal with how slow our court system works. It has only taken 2,000 years for Jesus’ trial and execution to be ruled legal. Next up: Was the Big Bang really such a good idea?
Ok, I can’t put this off any more. Stand by for creation war news. First up, let’s see how Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark Theme Park is doing. Hmmm … not so well, at least in the fundraising department. It seems that Obamacare has thrown a wrench in the works when it comes to raising the $76 million needed so you and I (well, ok, maybe you) can take a thrill ride through the plagues of Egypt. Now Ham and his team are planning to make this venture into a non-profit organization for a private bond offering.
Who knew this whole creation business could be such big business? Big enough for there to be even a second creation museum. Thanks to eagle-eyed Adam Palmer, we now know of the Museum of Creation and Earth in San Diego. But what’s this? The San Diego Museum Council won’t give creation a spot on its board? Of course this is just “the old prejudice against God.” Of course.
AP also draws our attention to this new trailer for the upcoming movie about Noah and the Ark. It looks pretty good to me. You?
Happy birthday greetings were sent this last week to Spiro Agnew; Mary Travers; Tom Fogerty; Susan Tedeschi; Claude Rains; Richard Burton; Greg Lake; Mackenzie Phillips; George S. Patton; Jonathan Winters; Grace Kelly; Neil Young; Buck O’Neil; Mamie Eisenhower; Aaron Copeland; and Prince Charles.
Why not celebrate two birthdays with one bonus video today? Here’s Emerson, Lake and Palmer performing Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare For The Common Man. Enjoy.