Welcome to our Saturday breakfast gathering here at the iMonastery. Grab a cup of coffee, a muffin, a donut, a couple of biscotti, some bacon and eggs, toast, pancakes, waffles, Frosted Flakes, juice, and a bottle of Tums. Everyone comfy? Good. It’s time to ramble …
Our government is back to work. Are you happy? And what better way to end the long standoff than for the House of Representative’s stenographer to go off on a rant about God and Freemasons? Is this a great country or what?
Ed Stetzer has an interesting take on the rhetoric espoused during the government shutdown. Painting with an extremely broad brush, Stetzer says most church-goers are Republicans and most non-church-goers are Democrats. The floor is now open for you thoughts.
Research by the Barna Group shows that many who take their smartphones or tablets to church are using them to “fact check” the preacher’s words during the sermon. What? Now preachers have to be accurate? Next they will be required to not take scriptures out of context…
John MacArthur held his Strange Fire conference this week, hoping to once and for all stamp out the flames of the Charismatic movement. Tim Challies breaks down MacArthur’s opening address. But the fun came when Mark Driscoll showed up uninvited and tried to pass out copies of his new book. Now that is something I would have paid to see …
iMonk Rich passes on the story of a different kind of charismatic, whose dream just might lead to finding 1,000 pounds of gold. I wonder what MacArthur would think of that kind of fire?
Does God have a personality? Certainly that is a question examined by theologians and philosophers for centuries. You won’t guess who is weighing in on the topic now. No, you won’t guess. Go ahead and click on this link.
This is a great story. I really hope it will have a great ending.
This, too, is a great story. And for all that this sister did for so many, I am sure it does have a great ending.
A new law in Missouri makes it legal for public schools in that state to celebrate federal holidays any way they want. So what? you say. Think about it. What federal holiday falls between December 24 and December 26? A sneaky way to allow Silent Night to be sung by school choirs, or a way to outsmart all those atheists who are trying to wipe out Christmas?
Have you ever read the devotional Jesus Calling? It is selling like crazy. The author, Sarah Young, is as silent as the grave away from the printed page. What do you make of her style? Like or dislike?
iMonk Scott pointed us toward this story. Count me among those who think making a reality TV show out of trying to fix “ministries” … well, let’s just put it this way. There is no ministry involved here. It is TV, and it is for entertainment, and if you are fooled into thinking “what a great idea,” then you deserve this kind of stuff. My thoughts. Yours?
How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? Want a gift idea for that person on your list who has everything? How about buying JFK’s rosary? It’s for sale. Really.
And from our “Really, I Can’t Make This Stuff Up” department, the Christian Post (that bastion of authentic Christian journalism) quotes a story from The National Enquirer (somehow I trust them more than the Christian Post, and that scares me) to let us know that O.J. Simpson wants to be a televangelist when he gets out of prison. Oh my head …
Happy birthdays this last week went out to Kirk Cameron; Margaret Thatcher; Paul Simon; Robert Lamm; Jerry Rice; Dwight Eisenhower; e.e. cumming; John Wooden; Winnie the Pooh; Roger Moore; Cliff Richard; Justin Hayward; Barry McGuire; John Mayer; Rita Hayworth; George Wendt; Chuck Berry; George C. Scott; and Pam Dawber.
The nominees for this year’s class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The Meters are among those being considered. Yes, they should be in the Hall, if even for just this one song. I want this song performed at my funeral, which could come any day now. Turn it up and enjoy.