Greetings, fellow iMonks. I’m your Synonymous Rambler, filling in for Jeff Dunn today. We thought Jeff could use the day off, so we sent him out for some chocolate milk. While he’s gone, I will do my best to entertain and enlighten you. And yes, I know I am called the “Synonymous Rambler” when it should be the “Anonymous Rambler,” but Jeff gave me this pseudonym after some character on a radio show he used to listen to in Cincinnati, so we’ll just go with it. And without any further ado, shall we ramble?
In case you missed it, there was an election this week. And the winner was … Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury. Welby is currently the Bishop of Durham. And while he pledged to seek reconciliation in the gender wars, that may not be his first order of business. Seems there is a developing chocolate war that needs to be dealt with first.
Here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., we had an election this week as well. And the winner was … cannabis. Colorado and Washington State both passed laws legalized the possession of pot. Gives a whole new meaning to Rocky Mountain High. It is the official position of this writer—and, I believe, most all of the iMonk writers—that this is a very bad thing. It certainly is not a virtue.
And because everyone needs a cause, here are some things evangelical conservatives can focus on until the next presidential election.
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist in Dallas, says that Barack Obama’s reelection will pave the way for the reign of the antichrist. As Jeff says, I can’t make this up.
Stephen Prothero dares to touch the evangelicals’ third rail—abortion—and lives to tell about it. Is he right that the Bible is speaks to more pressing concerns than abortion? And do you agree that Jesus has been used as a pawn by both parties?
Billy Graham encourages unity around the Gospel in his latest fundraising letter.
As Jeff would say, an eagle-eyed iMonk passed on this story of a parishioner in Los Angeles who was killed trying to stop a woman from spraying graffiti on the outside of his church. I find this line very telling: ”For God’s sake, if people going to church aren’t protected, then who is?” For God’s sake, indeed.
The third annual San Diego Christian Film Festival is underway this weekend in, well, San Diego. My question for you is this: Do we really need “Christian” movies? And if so, are those like Fireproof good enough?
As you are planning your next amusement park vacation trip—Disneyworld? Universal Studios? Knott’s Berry Farm?—don’t overlook this gem in South Korea. Do you know what a comodian is? A sit-down comedian.
Jeff wanted me to be sure to include some birthday greetings, so here goes. Happy birthday to Charles Bronson; Ken Berry; Will Rogers (patron saint of Oklahoma); Walter Cronkite; Art Carney; Roy Rogers; Art Garfunkel; Sally Field; Billy Graham; Bram Stoker; Rickie Lee Jones; and Susan Tedeschi.
Susan Tedeschi. What more needs to be said? Enjoy.