Happy day after Friday the 13th! Did you make it through ok? No broken mirrors, no black cats crossing your path? There is a story behind why Friday the 13th has become an evil omen, but I forget it now. I’m sure Martha O’Ireland will remember it for us! (That’s your cue, Martha! Oh, and your next assignment: Christian Superstitions.) Now that we’ve dealt with a little housekeeping, how ’bout joining me for a little light housecleaning we like to call Saturday Ramblings …
First of all, we all here at the iMonastery want to thank you for your incredibly generous donations to keep us up and running. And while a few have been able to give several hundred dollars at a time, most have donated five, ten, or twenty dollars. Whatever you were able to give, we know it came from a heart of kindness and love, and we are very humbled. Our needs are going to be the same again this year: We need close to $200/month to keep the gates oiled and opened for you. Whatever you are able to give, we thank you. The easiest way to do so is by using the PayPal button on the right side of this page. Thank you very, very much.
iMonk Adam Palmer and clan are getting ready to go on a great adventure. You can read about it on his own blog. Feel free to donate to his cause as well if you can.
This is strictly for HUG. You’ve been talking about this for sometime. Now we see the evidence. The end truly is near.
And let’s go ahead and get all of the sex talk out of the way, shall we? Relevant Magazine takes a look at Mark Driscoll’s book about sex and finds much it does not like. This author, however, sees some good in the topic of sex being brought to the front of the stove. (I cannot bring myself to call either Mark Driscoll or Ed Young “pastors.” They are motivational speakers, pure and simple.) And finally, CNN wants to know if God really has a “perfect match” for each person on earth. No, I am not going to give you the link to watch Ed Young and wife in bed on the roof of their church. But I am going to say “sex” one more time—it really helps to boost our Google rating.
Honorary iMonk Rachel Held Evans takes a closer look at Esther on her blog (Rachel’s blog, not Esther’s) and comes away concluding that perhaps Esther is not the greatest example of a June Cleaver-esque submissive wife. Great reading as always from Rachel.
Oh, here is some breaking news: U.S. Protestant pastors overwhelmingly reject evolution as the means God used to create life on earth. But they are split down the middle on whether the earth is 6,000 years old or several billion years old. I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming.
Religion News Services takes a look at the spiritual journey of Paul Simon. Did they say he is 70? Really? I am getting very old … (Your favorite Paul Simon song?)
Is your church formal, semi-casual, casual or beatnik when it comes to clothes worn to Sunday services? Does it matter? It does to this author who makes a, well, if not strong then certainly long, case for getting dressed up for church. Listen, I’ve said it before, but here in Oklahoma jeans without holes in them are considered formal wear.
Here is one outfit I don’t care to see in church. That boy needs to pull up his britches—his underpants are showing. (Oh, and nice white, American Jesus tatt there, Justin.)
Guess what book is a runaway bestseller in Norway? The Bible. Guess why. New translation. Ok then.
Uh-oh. Pop tart Katy Perry might need to get a media coach with her Dad and Mom. Katy’s dad, Keith Hudson, was preaching in Ohio last weekend when he made a very derogatory comment about Jews. He has since apologized for his choice of words. Katy’s mom, in the meantime, wants to set her daughter up with, you guessed it, Tim Tebow. And now that we have covered Mark Driscoll and Tim Tebow, there can only be one thing left for us to talk about.
Just what denomination are you really? I mean in your inner person? The first question you must decide is if you know things happened before 1950. Once you have decided that in your mind, you can follow the lines to see just what denomination you really are. It’s fun for the whole family.
Happy birthday greetings go out to Thelma “Butterfly” (“I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies!”) McQueen; Kenny Loggins; Katie Couric; Nicolas Cage; Soupy Sales; Stephen Hawking; Elvis (his last name? what planet are you from?); David Bowie; Richard M. Nixon; Bart Starr; Bob Denver; Jimmy Page; Donald Fagen; Rod Stewart; Naomi Judd; Long John Baldry; and Orlando Bloom.
Before he reinvented himself as a disco singer, and then as a pop singer, and then as an American standards singer, Rod Stewart was actually good. A friend asked me this last week what my favorite Rod Stewart song was. That was easy. This one. Enjoy.