Greetings, my sugar-amped iMonks. As you sneak another Snickers bar from your kids’ trick-or-treat bag, why don’t we discuss the sin of gluttony? Or the greater sin of you not sending me a big bag of Snickers. (Jeff Dunn, Tulsa, Oklahoma) Wait! Belay that bag of Snickers. I am trying to lose weight. And I’ve heard I will soon be able to get a KitKat bar on my cell phone. How great is that? So as you dig for that toothbrush, and look sheepishly into your children’s angelic faces, shall we ramble?
Ramblings is made up of the leftovers from the previous week, and so we have a couple of tricks yet to play on you. Here is one about how you, too, can have your very own “hell house.” Don’t forget the add-on modules. Mother’s womb abortion? Gay wedding? Yep, nothing says “you, too, can become a Christian” like showing the horrors of a gay wedding.
And then there are others who don’t like the way Halloween is marketed—those who say they are “real witches.” Sigh …
Each year I get more and more fed up with evangelicals trying to demonize Halloween (pun definitely intended). So here is a story to wash your brain out with. If you don’t read anything else this week, read this. Could you have done what these two men did?
Congrats, I suppose, to the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series. I love baseball, and was rooting for a seven game series (the BoSox won in six), but I’m a National League guy. Still, it was some really good baseball. And then remember: Spring Training is only four months away.
The NSA says they absolutely, positively, did not spy on the conclave to elect the new pope. That settles it. Of course they did. (More on the NSA in tomorrow’s homily.)
Giving in Protestant churches continue to decline, with no good news in sight. I think the last sentence in this piece is very telling. Very telling indeed.
And then there’s Doug Wilson, a preacher in Idaho, who says any pastor or elder who voted for Obama should resign. Yep, I’m sure Jesus is standing by his side, encouraging him on in this campaign.
Tara Burton encourages the study of theology, even if you don’t believe in God. But doesn’t “theology” mean how we think about God? So how can one think about something that one doesn’t even believe exists? Oh my head …
Billy Graham will celebrate his 95th birthday this coming week. Can you believe there are those who are studying theology who don’t know who Billy Graham is? Isn’t that like studying pop culture, but not knowing who the Beatles are? Bless me, what do they teach them in school these days?
If you don’t recognize that line from Professor Kirk, or don’t even know who Professor Kirk is, you might be British. Seems the Brits are not as infatuated with C.S. Lewis (creator of the world of Narnia and Professor Kirk) as those of us in the United States are. But as we approach the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death, he is getting more play in the UK. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is a fan.
Forbes has put out its list of the most important people in the world for 2013. Pope Francis comes in at number four. But what kind of list is it that does not include Chaplain Mike as one of the most important people in the world? Useless, I say.
Happy birthday greetings went out last week to Mahalia Jackson; Pat Sajak; Felix the Cat; Hillary Clinton; Bootsy Collins; Cary (“As you wish”) Elwes; Jon Heder; Theodore Roosevelt; Dylan Thomas; John Cleese; Charlie Daniels; Peter Green; Leon Redbone; Henry Winkler; Timothy B. Schmit; Dan Rather; John Candy; and Lyle Lovett.
Bonus Saturday Rambling Tip: Don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight, or you will be really early for church tomorrow. On second thought …
I think we all need a bit of a laugh this morning, don’t you? And what is funnier than a dead parrot? Enjoy.