Twelve? Did I just type “12” in the headline? I did. It’s 2012 now! Our first Rambling session of the new year. And it’s a doozy. Mr. Bones is back from a long but well-deserved vacation. Adam Palmer checked in with yet another technology as religion story. The Synonymous Rambler went back into hiding. We’ve got a lot to cover, so … shall we ramble?
Let’s go ahead and get this one out of the way. It’s a topic very few of you care about, seeing as Chaplain Mike’s essay on this topic drew (as of this writing on Friday night) only 232 comments. CNN found time to look into Mark and Grace Driscoll’s tome on their sex life. Slow news week, I guess. And now we are learning there are such things as “Christian sex toys.” And you thought the Jesus Toaster was bad? Look, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to start building another ark right now.
Ok, if that last story didn’t make you toss your cookies, this one will. Ted Haggard was called to start a new church in Colorado Springs so he could show that the “resurrection power is for today”? Really? Oh, God, forgive us. (If you really want to learn about Ted’s time on Celebrity Wife Swap, I seriously think you need to reconsider your priorities, but ok—you can do so here.)
And let’s get this last stomach-churner out of the way. What happens if you announce God wants you to run for president, and then you drop out after a poor showing? Is that bad on you, or bad on God? The campaign moves to New Hampshire this week. One restaurant has decided it’s had enough of politicians. Sounds like just the place where I now want to go eat.
Pat Robertson has a secret. God told him who is going to be the next president. But Pat isn’t saying who. Stay tuned.
Chuck Smith, the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, announced this week he has lung cancer. He was interviewed by Greg Laurie, one of Smith’s disciples. I visited Smith’s church a few years ago. I wanted to see where the Jesus Movement got its start in the late 60s. I was a little disappointed to see the former hippies Chuck Smith baptized in the Pacific Ocean now wearing coats and ties. I mean, who in the world wears a coat and tie in California?
Calvary Chapel is a cool church, but not the coolest. And no, your church is not the coolest either, unless you go here.
And not too far from the world’s coolest church, there is a new religion. Adam Palmer points out that the Church of Kopimism (“copy-me-ism”) is open for business in Sweden. All you really need to know is that CTRL+C and CTRL+V are their religious symbols. Ok then…
Look, don’t mess with us in Oklahoma. We have tough widows here. Just sayin’…
These two stories were side-by-side on Christian Post this week. One is news, and one is a PR release. Yet I am guessing most readers are talking about how troubled people can find success in life rather than how brothers and sisters in Christ can escape with their lives.
Before we get to our celebrity birthdays, a very big birthday candle is lit for Joan of Arc. Joanie turned 600 yesterday. She doesn’t look a day over 400.
Other celebs who are a year older include Sir Anthony Hopkins; Andy Summers; John Denver; J. Edgar Hoover; Isaac Asimov; Cuba Gooding, Jr.; Roger Miller; Jim Bakker; Dabney Coleman; Van Dyke Parks; Bobby Hull; Stephen Stills; Mel Gibson; Jane Wyman; Dyan Cannon; Michael Stipe; Walter Mondale; Robert Duvall; Danny Thomas; Lou Holtz; Syd Barrett; and A.J. Hawk.
Stephen Stills has always been underrated for his skill on the guitar. In homage to Chuck Smith, here is a vintage Stills number from 1972, a nice mellow tune to start off your Saturday. Enjoy.