It’s a new year at the iMonastery, but we have the same problem as of old. Scraps gather during the week that we are unable to get to, and we tend to be rather lazy around here and let them pile up until the weekend when you arrive. Then we all rush around with our brooms and dust mops to tidy the place up. We call the scraps “ramblings,” and as today is Saturday, we call it … ok, you don’t need me to hold your hand, do you?
Did you hear the one about the priest who used an iPad in the confessional? No, it’s not a joke. Or, if it is, it’s not a very funny one. Peggy Noonan encountered a priest using an iPad in the confessional in order to share some scriptures. And she was ok with that.
Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com’s religion editor, is leaving to take a job with National Geographic. On his way out the door, Gilgoff offers five things he learned while heading Belief Blog. I have found CNN a great source of news, religion and otherwise. For instance, here is a great post about evangelicals and gun control, and another very good story about hearing God speak to you. CNN, on the whole, offers the most fair and balanced reporting of any news source I reference on a regular basis. Your thoughts?
Tomorrow night starts season three of Downton Abbey here in the U.S. Yes, I’m excited. It’s really the only TV show I look forward to watching. Christianity Today wonders why God is absent from the show. Do you?
The Green family of Oklahoma City, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain, finally found a taker for the empty campus in Massachusetts. Now it is up to the National Christian Foundation to find someone who wants the place. I have a suggestion: Whatever school takes over the site ought to name their sports teams the White Elephants.
Today is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, a day when you are encouraged to go to Hobby Lobby and spend money to show your support for the craft store’s stand against Obamacare. Look, I try to stay objective as possible here, but who (apart from Mike Huckabee) thinks this is a good idea?
Oops. Seems when this church in Hawaii was starting their building project they accidentally unearthed 600 bodies from a forgotten burial site. I’m sure there is some “surfing zombie” joke in here somewhere, but I’m not going looking for it …
Who steals from a church? That was the question asked by one person when a man offered to sell her a very old-looking Bible. She thought him suspicious, and sure enough, he had stolen the Bible from a church. Read all the way to the end for the happy conclusion.
Remember that granny who tried to help her church by “fixing” the fresco of Jesus on their church wall? Well, now you can have her version painted on your fingernails. Who said religious art is not alive and well?
Look, when I say I can’t make this kind of stuff up, I really mean it. And even if I could, I wouldn’t want to. This one really takes the cake. Even the Synonymous Rambler let out a loud groan over this. Read it if you have the stomach for it. But be forewarned: You might just turn in your evangelical card afterward.
I want to thank everyone who has given so generously to InternetMonk in the past year. Your donations help keep the lights on in the iMonastery. Thank you from all of us here.
This last week was filthy with musician birthdays, including Ray Thomas; Rick Danko; Marianne Faithfull; Michael Nesmith; Davy Jones; Jeff Lynne; Suzy Bogguss; Andy Summers; John Denver; Patti Smith; Burton Cummings; George Thorogood; Country Joe McDonald; Victor Borge; George Martin; Van Dyke Parks; Stephen Stills; and Patty Lovelace.
My oh my. Who to choose for this week’s bonus video from that crop? I came up with two, simply because of the number of other musicians featured in these songs. Could you imagine being in the studio with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison? (Jeff Lynne is the other Traveling Wilbury.) Or on stage with Ringo, et al? Enjoy.