Greetings, fellow iMonks. Well now, it has been a week here at the iMonastery. We have harvested the fields and put up into barns and even started the canning process. All that is left now is the gleanings. And those we call our Saturday Ramblings.
Well, let’s get right at it, ok? Mark Driscoll said Jesus is not a pacifist or a pansy. He said, “Some of those whose blood will flow as high as the bit in a horse’s mouth for 184 miles will be those who did not repent of their sin but did wrongly teach that Jesus was a pacifist. Jesus is no one to mess with.” Really. That’s what he said. The floor is now open for your thoughts.
Prince George was baptized this week. Oh you know Prince George, right? He may be the new poster baby for baptisms. The number of baptisms has been on the decline for some time, and here are some reasons why.
Oh those crazy French. For all these years they have been praying a blasphemous version of the Lord’s Prayer. But now they are going to do it right. I think. It’s in French, after all, and I don’t speak French. But I’ll take their word for it.
You know that German bishop who spent 31 million euros to redecorate his digs? Pope Francis has told him to take some time off while he considers his fate. But it seems to be a symptom of a larger problem in Germany. Just where do the German Catholics get all of their money?
One more European stop. Just what do you think is the number one name for baby boys in Italy? It’s not Jeff or Mike or Adam.
And while we are all loving on Pope Francis, let’s not forget the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. He’s not such a bad guy, either.
Turning to the Baptists, Russell Moore says evangelicals shouldn’t be so entwined with politics. Really. What will we ever do if the guns of the culture wars cease firing?
As long as we have Albert Mohler, I doubt we will have that to worry about, huh? He spoke recently at … well, you will have to read this find out. Does it surprise you?
And you’ve heard why Baptists frown on premarital sex, right? It might lead to dancing. Well, it seems that some Baptists are starting to dance once again.
Well, Halloween is right around the corner. That means Christians are ready to combat the evils of four-foot-high witches and goblins with Harvest Festivals. Or with “evangelical” versions of the haunted house. Timothy George says doesn’t take the aspects of hell seriously. I agree with him. You?
And then there is this. Don’t buy Girl Scout cookies. It promotes lesbianism and abortion and idols and … and … oh my head. I want my Thin Mints. And those peanut butter sandwich cookies. I’m hungry.
It’s not just German Catholic bishops who are building big houses these days. Steven Furtick is garnering attention for the little cottage he’s putting up. Hey, he says, it’s not what you think. Only 8,400 of the 16,000 square feet is actually heated space. Hardly even worth mentioning. But it’s all for the kingdom, right?
Finally, Adam Palmer shared a quiz that helps you to see if you live in a bubble. How did you score?
Birthday candles were lit for, and blown out by, Bela Lugosi; Amy Carter; Mickey Mantle; Wanda Jackson; Tom Petty; Elvin Bishop; Judge Judy; Carrie Fisher; Derek Jacobi; Leslie West; Johnny Carson; Pele; Michael Crichton; Dwight Yoakam; Al Yankovic; Doug Flutie; Bill Wyman; Pablo Picasso; and Bobby Knight.
Oh come on, you want to hear some Weird Al this morning. Enjoy.