Greetings one and all. It’s that time of year once again. What time? Well, college football season has ended. The NFL season is over for me, as my Bengals once again proved to be, uh, the Bengals. Hockey? Not yet. Basketball? Doesn’t start for me until March. Ah, baseball, right? Not yet. Pitchers and catchers report in four weeks, not that I’m counting the days or anything. Give up? I’ll tell you then. It’s the flu season. And I am participating fully. So, if you will pass me another blanket and fluff up my pillow, it’s time for us to ramble.
Remember all the talk about being “spiritual but not religious“? Seems that those who identify themselves as such are susceptible to mental illness, drug abuse and eating disorders. See? Religion isn’t so bad after all.
Christianity Today has released its list of the most “redeeming” films of 2012. I only saw one of the ten, number ten. I did read the book number five is based on, if that counts. How many have you seen?
Good news. Jesus gets to stay in a middle school in Jackson, Ohio. Or at least his picture. Seems the townspeople have spoken. Jesus stays.
No picture of Jesus’ wife will be hanging next to the picture of Jesus anytime soon. The Harvard Theological Review has postponed publishing a report on the piece of papyrus that purports that Jesus was married. Harvard professor Karen King had prepared the article for the January issue, but “further testing” is being called for to see if the papyrus is authentic. I’m not holding my breath.
Homosexuality has certainly been in the news this week. Same sex weddings are old hat now, but in the National Cathedral? The man selected to pray the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration, Louie Giglio, has dropped out of the ceremony because of a sermon he preached “15-20 years ago” in which he called homosexuality a sin. And—really, even in my flu-addled mind I could not make this up—a preacher reveals just why the Great Flood occurred. It all makes sense now …
So which one of these is more popular: head lice, or Congress? Ok, how about colonoscopies or Congress? Root canals or Congress? Being stuck in traffic or … catching a trend here? Hey, if you’re a congressman, cheer up. You do rate higher than Lindsay Lohan, Fidel Castro, and North Korea.
Will the boot get the boot? How about the thimble or the iron? I always went for the race car. Is it going to go away, only to be replaced by a helicopter? Know what I’m talking about? Then when you pass Go collect $200.
Are you church-shopping? Maybe you’ll want to check out the new church meeting in Islington, England. The Nave in St. Paul’s Road is England’s first atheist church. There will be a speaker each month, tackling topics like “beginnings,” and they’ll have an “awesome house band.” Come to think of it, that could describe many evangelical churches in the United States. See? We’re not always behind Europe in trends.
Finally, how many here watched until the end to see Alabama’s Crimson Tide roll over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame? Well, I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised. I mean, Alabama is the nation’s number one protestant state.
Happy birthday wishes this last week to George Reeves; Walter Mondale; Robert Duvall; Chuck Noll; Diane Keaton; Earl Scruggs; Lou Holtz; Pepe LePew; Syd Barrett; Butterfly McQueen; Kenny Loggins; Larry Storch; Elvis Presley; David Bowie; Bart Starr; Bob Denver; Joan Baez; Jimmy Page; Rod Stewart; and Clarence Clemons.
Have you ever flown across country just to go to a concert? I have. When Loggins and Messina regrouped briefly in 2004 I flew to Fresno, California for their show there. The sound was so incredible I told my friend that I thought it might all be tracked and the musicians were just going thru the motions. My friend told me to shut up, he was enjoying the show. This is just a great song, pure and simple. I’ll shut up now. Enjoy.