Greetings, iMonks, and welcome to the black-arm-band, I’m-in-mourning edition of Saturday Ramblings. After taking two games in San Francisco, the Cincinnati Reds returned home and promptly lost three straight to the godless Giants, thus ending what had been such a promising season. Is it better to have won the division and lost in the playoffs than to never have won (i.e., the Cubs) at all? That is a question too ponderous for me to consider in my bereavement. So if you don’t mind, let’s get to rambling …
Where is Danville, Kentucky, you ask? Who knows. But on Thursday night it was the center of the universe, if even for just a couple of hours, as Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan pulled on their gloves and went at it for 15 solid rounds. It was Catholic vs. Catholic, yet it seemed more like Spy vs. Spy. Is the white Spy the good guy, or the black Spy? Both Spies, or neither Spy? And with two Catholics going at it, who was the Pope pulling for?
Most likely, Pope Benedict XVI was too busy celebrating the the 50th anniversary of Vatican II to watch the VP debate. Here is an article by the Pope recalling the council that modernized the Catholic Church. Ok, the article is not by THE Pope, but it is by John Pope.
Or maybe B16 was busy brushing up on his Arabic.
In any case, we know where presidential candidate Mitt Romney was. He was in Montreat, North Carolina, being blessed by the American pope, Billy Graham. Graham, who turns 94 the day after the elections, stopped just short of giving Romney his endorsement. Well, Billy Graham has earned the right to do what he wants, right? It’s just when people believe that Graham’s endorsement means the same as God’s endorsement that the trouble begins.
Tonight, Romney will be on politicking at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio (my hometown). The Golden Lamb is the oldest inn still in existence today in Ohio. Old-timers there just call it The Hotel. If you are planning to go, make sure you walk across the street to the Village Ice Cream Parlor for a double-dip cone. Much more enjoyable than listening to a politician.
My goodness. Seems that Rachel Held Evans is creating no end of fuss. How so, you ask? By writing a book. A book about living as a biblical woman. No, not as a Focus on the Family, 21st century America version of a biblical woman, but a woman doing all that the Bible commands women to do. Rachel followed these commands for a year and wrote about her experiences. Now Lifeway Bookstores (your bastion of Baptist theology) is refusing to carry the book. And a reviewer on John Piper’s Desiring God blog weighs in, saying, “As I read the book, it became increasingly clear to me of one theme: God’s word was on trial. It was the court of Rachel Held Evans. She was the prosecution, judge, and jury. The verdict was out. And with authority and confidence, she would have the final word on womanhood.” All I know is, after reading this review, I definitely want to read the book. (Thomas Nelson, are you listening to me? Send me a copy.) And just in case you were wondering what Evans really thinks about the Bible, you can read it in her own words here.
And you wonder why I think politics is about the funniest thing going today. Could it be because of people like Georgia congressman Paul Broun, a medical doctor and a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology? He understands that in politics, most of your days will be spent talking with those who differ in one degree or another with you. That’s why it’s good to learn how to properly respond to others, such as he did while speaking at a church banquet where he said, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” Look, I don’t if he believes in a young earth and six literal 24 hour days of creation, but good grief man, grow up in the way you say it. Just sayin’…
On the other hand, Adam Hamilton, writing for the Huffington Post, needs to get his facts straight. Broun was speaking at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia, not Liberty University.
It seems the Nones are on the rise. “Religiously unaffiliated” is the fast-growing segment in the faith (or non-faith, as the case may be) community in America these days. Is this a concern, or an exciting opportunity to be able to share the Good News of Jesus more than ever? Discuss.
Ever wanted to win the Nobel Prize? You looked at President Obama and said, “Wow! He won and he hasn’t done a thing. I haven’t done a thing, either. How can I be nominated?” Well, it seems you’ll need to do something more to enhance you chances at winning than just sitting around in your BVDs. You’ll need to eat more chocolate. Well, you didn’t think you would win that dynamite prize without some sacrifice, did you?
Isn’t this why God invented smart phones?
And finally, because I have the keyboard and can write about what I want to, the Rolling Stones have just released their first new single since 2005. Yes, they’re still alive. And apparently kicking. Doom and Gloom is a tune about killing—wait for it—zombies. Well, why not? Hasn’t Mick earned the right to sing about what he wants to? It’s just when people believe Mick Jagger’s words mean the same as God’s words that the trouble begins.
Happy birthday balloons were sent this last week to Carole Lombard; Tony Dungy; Desmond Tutu; Oliver North; Yo-Yo Ma; Simon Cowell; Walter Lord; Sigourney Weaver; Chevy Chase; Jesse Jackson; John Lennon; John Entwistle; Jackson Browne; Mike Singletary; Sean Lennon; Helen Hayes; Thelonius Monk; John Prine; Eleanor Roosevelt; Art Blakey; and Kirk Cameron.
I have always loved Jackson Browne’s tunes, especially his deep, gritty, thinking-man’s tunes, like this one. Enjoy.