It has been a wild week here at the iMonastery. There is considerable unrest here, to the point where we were afraid of an iMonk shutdown, just like our beloved federal goverment. The Iced Tea party was insisting on watching Wheel Of Fortune, while the Curly Wig party wanted to watch Family Feud. We settled it the old-fashioned way: I unplugged the TV and we played Monopoly. Then there erupted a disagreement over got to be the shoe and who got to be the iron. What a way to run a railroad. Sigh … shall we ramble?
The government is closed for business, thanks to the children who run the joint. It was reported that some 800,000 “non-essential” government employees were told to stay home. If they are non-essential, should they even come back? One preacher says our nation needs to be delivered from the Tea Party. And check out some tweets making the rounds. I especially like what some hecklers in the 18th century resorted to doing. Can we try that today? I would pay good money to see cats hurled at politicians. Who wouldn’t?
Senate chaplain Barry Black tried his best in his prayers to prevent the shutdown.
The changes under Pope Francis continue to set him apart from those who came before. He now calls the atmosphere at the Vatican as “narcissistic” and needs to change. In a first, the Vatican bank opened its books for scrutiny, publishing their first annual report ever. But do they give a free toaster when opening a checking account?
Not everyone is a Pope Francis fan, it seems. Baptist leader Russell Moore calls the pope’s recent interview with a Jesuit magazine a “theological wreck.” I assume that means the pope’s honeymoon is officially over?
And make your travel plans to be in Italy next spring for the canonization of two former popes, John XXIII and John Paul II.
A label has now been attached to many religious people you and I know: the Nominals. They profess to be of a certain religious bent, but don’t actually practice their religion. “They’re proud — but not practicing — Catholics. They’re Protestants who don’t think Jesus is essential to their salvation.” Discuss.
We reported on this earlier this week. Chuck Smith, the founding pastor of the original Calvary Chapel, passed away this week at the age of 86. Smith was one of the pioneers of the West Coast Jesus People Movement, baptizing hippies in the Pacific Ocean. It was a way to cleanse their souls. And the rest of them as well. I visited Pastor Chuck’s church in Costa Mesa about four years ago. Those hippies were now wearing ties, and their ponytails were gray. Pastor Chuck’s sermon wandered around quite a bit, but everyone seemed to be happy, so who was I to complain? Rest in peace, Pastor Chuck.
Hans Kueng, the Catholic priest and rebel theologian, has one more way he wants to be remembered: He supports assisted suicide, and may take that route himself. Thoughts?
Adam Palmer ruined my week by telling me that another Narnia movie is going to be made. The Silver Chair is now in development. After the most recent train wreck (Voyage Of The Dawn Treader), I will not be wasting my time with any more movies in this series. The books are wonderful. I’ll stick to those. And I am going to give the latest Christian movie, Grace Unplugged, a wide berth as well. I am going to use my hard-earned entertainment bucks to go see Gravity. And I can’t wait.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include William S. Paley; Ed Sullivan; Jerry Clower; Moon Unit Zappa; Gene Autry; Madeline Kahn; Mark Farner; Truman Capote; Johnny Mathis; Bonnie Parker; Walter Matthau; Jimmy Carter; Mahatma Gandi; Don McLean; Groucho Marx; Bud Abbott; Gordon “Sting” Summer; Lindsay Buckingham; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Anne Rice; and Dick Tracy.
Need you ask? Enjoy.