It’s been a slow news week here at the InternetMonk World Headquarters. Chaplain Mike is still on sabbatical. Our other writers were dishing up tasty treats for Thanksgiving. (By the way, just what is a “giblet” anyway? And why did I get a set of rubber gloves to pull it out of the turkey?) I couldn’t find the Synonymous Rambler with a search warrant. Still can’t. (Ask a question or two, and the SR disappears like Houdini.) So I have pulled together some leftovers for our Saturday morning. I won’t keep you long. I know you have more shopping to do just before you settle in to watch Football! Football! Football! Now, are you ready to Ramble? Ramble? Ramble?
I really hoped to get to this story this last week, but ran out of time. Somehow, seeing these two megachurch pastors in their “humanness” helps me appreciate what they have done and are doing all the more. Neither are perfect. If I lived in Atlanta, I doubt I would go to either of their churches. But I do appreciate their willingness to pull back the curtains even a little to show us who they are when the light is not shining on them. They are who they are.
Franklin Graham says Christians only have themselves to blame for the outcome of the presidential election. If only more of us had voted, he says, things would have been so much better. Because, of course, Christians only vote for Republicans. And Republicans, we all know, can do no wrong. How many would vote to not hear any more from Franklin for at least four years?
Meanwhile, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has a much different take on the election. First of all, he says, the election was not a referendum on the Church, as the Church was not on the ballot. How many would vote to hear more from Cardinal Dolan?
Dolan’s boss, Pope Benedict XVI, just released the third book in his Jesus trilogy. This one looks at Jesus’ infancy. The Pope debunks some Christmas myths along the way. Sounds like a perfect book for Advent. I love to see Jesus in the light of reality. Or, perhaps it is better to say, I love to see reality in the light of Jesus.
Steven Spielberg tries to show Abraham Lincoln in the light of reality in the new movie, Lincoln. He broaches the subject of Lincoln’s religion in a way that leaves it up to each person’s interpretation as to whether Lincoln was a Christian, an atheist, or somewhere in between. Sounds like a great flick. If you have seen in, let us know if it is worth our popcorn money.
The best news from entertainment world this week is this. Oh come now. Yes you are excited.
Happy birthday was sung this week to Gordon Lightfoot; Martin Scorsese; Danny DeVito; Tom Seaver; Jeff Buckley; Alan Shepard, Jr.; Mickey Mouse; Warren Moon; Alan Young; Larry King; Dick Cavett; Ted Turner; Jodie Foster; Dick Smothers; Duane Allman; Joe Walsh; Harpo Marx; Goldie Hawn; and Jamie Lee Curtis.
My Maserati does 185 … I lost my license, now I don’t drive. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it? Enjoy.