Thanksgiving is right around the corner (or, to be more accurate, five days away), iMonks, and we have a lot of cooking and cleaning to do to get ready for the big day. Damaris decided she was going to go vegetarian on us and insisted we serve up a “tofurkey,” whatever that is. Adam thinks those “turkey legs” you get at the state fair are real, so we got one of those for him. Martha of Ireland and Craig are arguing over what is the best beer to serve with mashed potatoes. Chaplain Mike said he wants another month’s sabbatical if he has to do the dishes. And the Synonymous Rambler grabbed the remote control and won’t let us watch football. Sigh … it’s time for us to ramble.
Black Friday? No, we have not forgotten Black Friday. We tried, but somehow we can’t.
Franklin Graham says his father has always been political, preachers should preach about abortion and gay marriage but not economics, and he was shocked—shocked, mind you—to learn that the word “cult” was used on the BGEA web site. Anything else you want to know?
Seems Abraham Lincoln was not always the revered spiritual leader we have come to see him as. At one time he was the “village atheist.” No, Billy Graham never met for prayer with Lincoln.
Pat Robertson, meanwhile, says that he understands Gen. David Petraeus’s affair with Paula Broadwell. “After all,” said Robertson, “he’s a man.” Ok then. That settles that.
And who knew there is a psychology of giving? Well, except for those who ask us to give. Guess what? If you suggest to someone that they pray before deciding to give, they will give more. Does your pastor pray before the offering buckets are passed around? Maybe he read this.
Jesus is number 21. Or at least, Jesus as a password for your computer is the twenty-first most popular way to protect your files. He is ahead of “ninja” but behind “baseball.” Well, of course he is.
A teen convicted of manslaughter when he was driving under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to ten years of church attendance. The teen’s attorney does not plan to appeal the sentence. Oh, where was this? In Oklahoma, of course. You had to ask?
Mary Kassian offers a review of Rachel Held Evans’ A Year Of Biblical Womanhood, and differs with Evans’ view of complementarianism. It is a well-written and well-thought-out review. Have you read the book yet? If so, what are your thoughts?
One woman many have had trouble categorizing over the years may now be up for sainthood. American Catholic bishops are pushing for Dorothy Day to be considered for the honor.
Did you hear the one about two retired Catholic priests who got into a fight in Australia? The one bit the ear off of the other. No, this is not a joke. Well, I mean it is funny, kind of. We’ll wait to hear more on this from JFDU …
And before we get to perhaps the best Ramblings story of the entire year, we want to encourage you to rush out to your local grocery store and stock up on Twinkies, Ho-Hos, and SnoBalls. Seems Hostess is soon to be no more. When they said, “Come back to work or we’ll close up shop,” I guess they meant it.
Several eagle-eyed iMonks sent in this story this week. Tell me that you are not now looking for ways to use the words “baptee” and “boobalicious” in a sentence. Tell me you didn’t just spit orange juice all over your keyboard watching this. Only in Texas, iMonks. Only in Texas.
Happy birthdays this week went out to Claude Rains; Billy May; Roy Scheider; Greg Lake; George Patton; Jonathan Winters; Grace Kelly; Neil Young; Sammy Sosa; McLean Stevenson; Georgia O’Keefe; Ed Asner; Petula Clark; and Burgess Meredith.
Happy birthday, Shakey. No one is grungier than you. But what is with the monks? No matter. This is what music is all about. Enjoy.