Welcome to our pre-Thanksgiving edition of Saturday Ramblings. Oh, big doings are afoot here at the iMonastery. Adam Palmer is in charge of the turkey this year, even though in the past he’s been caught trying to glue a bucket of KFC together to form one large bird. Chaplain Mike is making the gravy—which was a mistake, because he keeps muttering “There’s more of gravy than grave about you” as he stirs. First Lady Denise is bringing something called Kentucky Burgoo. We’re not sure if that is something you eat or drink, but we’re a thankful lot, so thank you, Denise. Lisa, Damaris and Martha are in charge of dessert. If we are smart, that is all we’ll eat. Me? I’m setting the table with paper plates and sporks. Now that our tummies are in countdown mode, what say we ramble?
In case you missed it (because you were making your own pot of burgoo), yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. Here is a good story about the priest who administered the last rites to the dying president. And just what did preachers in Dallas say two days later to their shocked and stunned congregations? Here are a few snippets from their sermons that day. This is the stand-out to me: “Much of the hate and discord that has been poisoning our nation has been preached in the name of Christ and the church. In Dallas entire sermons have been devoted to damning the Kennedy administration and the United Nations, and they have been delivered from Methodist pulpits. In the name of the church, men and women have sown seeds of discord, distrust and hate and have called it witnessing for Christ. As a church we are sick. God have mercy on us.”
Speaking of, Larry Tomczak posts an open letter where he asks if President Obama is really a Christian. See the above sermon outtake for my thoughts on the matter.
Ruh-roh. Seems Mark Driscoll may have “borrowed” not only ideas, but a lot of words from another author for his latest book. Christian radio talk show host Janet Mefferd accused Driscoll of plagiarism this week on her show, saying he stole from Peter Jones. Live by the pen, die by the pen.
Snake Salvation, the “reality” TV show that features snake handling in a church in Tennessee, may have to resort to reruns for a while. Seems wildlife officials have confiscated the more than 50 poisonous snakes the church had lying around. Now what will I watch on TV until the next season of Downton Abbey arrives?
I could book a trip to London for next July to see the reunion of Monty Python. Yes, the five surviving members of the British comedy troupe are dusting off their dead parrots, silly walks and cans of SPAM for a one-off stage show next year. But is this something a Christian should attend? After all, their humor has made God a frequent target. A question for iMonks on the other side of the Big Puddle: Do Christians there find Monty Python humorous or blasphemous? And what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Oops. Seems Costco got a might confused as to whether or not the Bible is fiction or non-fiction. But they are sorry. Really they are. And it won’t happen again. Oops. It did. But the godly woman who found the mistake the second time has the right approach. If Costco won’t change their evil ways, she is going to call on Christians to boycott. In love, of course.
Remember the picture of Pope Francis kissing a severely-deformed man? Here’s another photo of the pope embracing another severely-deformed man. These are not easy pictures to look at, but look at them we should.
Do you have a book lover on your Christmas list? Then perhaps you should consider bidding on the Bay Psalter, one of the first books ever printed in the United States. There are only 11 known copies left of the song book used by colonists. And this one figures to go for as much as $30 million. That’s all?
Is that a bit out of your price range? Thinking about getting the Elf On A Shelf, but can’t find it at your local BuyMart? Why not get its Jewish equivalent, The Mensch On A Bench. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried …
Finally, for those looking to take a college course just for the fun of it, why not venture over to Monmouth University and sign up for Zombies: Social Anxiety and Pop Culture. That’s right. You, too, can major in the living dead. Only in New Jersey …
Hippity hoppity happy birthday wishes were wished last week for Burgess Meredith; Lisa Bonet; Gordon Lightfoot; Martin Scorsese; Tom Seaver; Martin Barre; Alan Shepard; Mickey Mouse; Dick Cavett; Ted Turner; Meg Ryan; Jodie Foster; Robert F. Kennedy; Joe Biden; Duane Allman; Joe Walsh; Harpo Marx; Stan Musial; and Steve Van Zandt.
Wow. Look at all the guitarists who had birthdays this last week. I could choose any of them and come up with a great bonus video. But there are only two guitarists who were greater than Duane Allman, and neither of those two had birthdays this last week. Enjoy.