Well what do you know? The world didn’t end after all. As a matter of fact, here in Oklahoma we didn’t even get any rain. So we live to flip the Mayan calendar over to a new day. The doomsday predictors did leave quite a mess behind them. Just watch how many people rush to the malls today to begin their Christmas shopping they thought they wouldn’t have to do. Well, watch them from afar. Right now, we need to gather ourselves together and ramble.
“Not believing” is gaining a lot of steam these days. Seems the “Nones“—those who claim no religious affiliation—are the third-largest religious group in the world. They must be official. They even have their own holiday, something called HumanLight. Anyone have a favorite HumanLight carol they’d like to sing?
Christianity Today released their list of the top albums of 2012. There are some glaring omissions (where are the Beach Boys? Joe Walsh? The Head and the Heart?), but I do like their choice for number four. What albums would you have on this list?
Stephen Prothero tells us six things he doesn’t want to hear after the school shootings in Connecticut. I have five people I don’t want to hear talk about it—or really, anything—ever again. Start with James Dobson. Then Mike Huckabee. David Barton. Bryan Fischer. And this yahoo from Tennessee. Memo to these five: Do not ever bring up your culture war agenda when the hearts of parents, spouses, brothers, sisters and friends have been ripped out by a senseless, horrible act. I wanted to call these five “idiots,” but I thought it might be offensive to those who are merely clueless about life. These five go beyond that. God did not cause twenty innocent children to die because prayer was taken out of public school or because some states now allow same-sex marriages. Get that through your mushy skulls once and for all. And mix in a large glass of shut the hell up.
Want to watch a movie about John Lennon produced by evangelist Ray Comfort? I don’t have the time, so if you do watch it, tell the rest of us how it is, ok?
How about a nice fruitcake for Christmas? There is a dying monastery in Missouri where a handful of elderly monks make nearly 25,000 fruitcakes a year. Don’t be a spoilsport. Eat your fruitcake, and make a monk happy.
In order to help you with your last minute gift grabbing, I have come up with a few ideas for that special someone on your list. I mean, how can you say “I love you” any better than with a glove hat? Or how about witnessing to that agnostic in your office by giving him a “Jesus Shaves” mug? And then there’s the Synonymous Rambler’s favorite, the Jesus Toaster. Hurry. Quantities are limited. Or we can hope.
Birthday greetings went out this week to Stan Kenton; Alan Freed; Tim Conway; Ludwig van Beethoven; Billy Gibbons; William Saffire; Paul Rodgers; Ty Cobb; Keith Richards; Steven Spielberg; Brad Pitt; Alvin Lee; Jane Fonda; Frank Zappa; Carl Wilson; and Samuel L. Jackson.
I thought, “Would I dare to put up a bonus video featuring Frank Zappa on InternetMonk?” And then I thought, “Of course I would. Who doesn’t love Frank Zappa, especially if he is playing with Steve Vai?” Enjoy.