It’s beginning to look a lot like … well, in the middle of these United States, it’s beginning to look a lot like winter. And feel like winter. It might even smell like winter for all I know. I’m trying to stay inside as much as I can. I like to be warm. Not too warm, mind you. But not cold either. Lukewarm is not good spiritually, but it is bodily. Blankets and sweatshirts and slippers, oh my. It’s beginning to look a lot like … let’s ramble, shall we?
Those of you who know me know what my reaction was when I saw the headline, “What Dave Ramsey Gets Wrong.” I first wondered how they could get it all in just one article. Then I saw it was what he gets wrong about poverty. And it was written by our friend Rachel Held Evans. Now you want to read it, too.
I have to confess that I used to be a Rushaholic. I listened gleefully to all three hours of his hot air every day. Then I read in Michael Horton’s Beyond Culture Wars that many Christians would put up more of a fight if you disagreed with Rush’s opening monologue than if you disagreed with one of the basic tenants of the Incarnation of Christ. I realized he was right, and haven’t listened to more than 15 minutes total of Rush for 15 years. And after Rush declared Pope Francis to be spewing Marxism, I have to say I think Al Franken may just be right. Rush is a big, fat idiot.
And then there is Adam Shaw of Fox News who says that Pope Francis is the Catholic Church’s Obama. Sigh … Do you think it is possible to discuss this pope without using the terms “liberal” or “conservative”?
Have I mentioned that I really like this leader of the Church? Not the pope. This leader. A Cross that has no weight is not worth carrying. Indeed.
Rev. Randy shares the story of a Baptist preacher and Hindu monk who got married. It sounds like a joke (and I’m sure you could make a good one out of that), but it’s a true story. Is this being “unequally yoked”?
Been following the Mark Driscoll plagiarism controversy? A part time radio producer has resigned over the situation, saying, “All I can share is that there is an evangelical celebrity machine that is more powerful than anyone realizes. You may not go up against the machine. That is all.” Well, maybe not all. I would think that a publisher is going to think long and hard before signing Driscoll again. Oh, what am I saying? If they can make a buck off of him, most publishers wouldn’t care if he photocopied Purpose Driven Life and called it his own.
What famous Christian author gave away all of his book royalties, almost leading him to financial ruin? Considered himself a very poor communicator? Had a really messed-up personal life? Give up? Check here for the answer. Surprised?
Ok, let’s continue our guessing game. Guess what Southern Baptist leader is now defending rap music? Well, kind of. Here is what he has to say: I want that language taken for the cause of the Gospel and I pray to see a generation of young Gospel-driven rappers take dominion of that music for the glory of God. I don’t care for rap (if we had country rap, would that be called “crap” for short?), but that statement bothers me. What do you think?
Adam Palmer found this article by Patton Dodd to be encouraging. “Hopefully it’s a sign of where megachurches are headed and will be an inspiration to some.” I agree. You?
AP also wonders if the hiring of screenwriter David McGee to pen the script for the next Narnia movie portends to something that will be watchable. Nothing could be as bad as the last Narnia movie. Well, ok, the third Pirates movie was rather horrible.
Do you remember the long-ago (last year) story about “Pastor” Alois Bell who left her waitress at Applebee’s a note that read, “I give God 10%, why do you get 18?” She left a note, but no tip. Well, perhaps that story has led to a happy ending. There is an anonymous person or persons leaving huge tips at restaurants around the country going only by the moniker “Tips For Jesus.” Interesting. Your thoughts?
Martin Luther, professional cusser? Apparently so. Telling an opponent to “eat sh*t”? In Christian love, of course. Was he just the Mark Driscoll of his day? And guess what state is the “sweariest” according to The Atlantic? No, guess. Guess again. Damn it, guess again. Got it? Good.
iMonk Mike Bell, can’t you get your country in order? Now Canada is claiming the North Pole as their own. No, really. Santa Claus included, I assume?
Richard McNeeley took me up on finding the most unusual Christmas gifts. And while his list contains a lot that could be the star on the tree (like Instant Irish Accent Breath Spray), I think I will have to go with this as this week’s winner. I mean, who would NOT want one of these? What do you have for me for next week?
Those celebrating birthdays this last week include Winston Churchill; Allan Sherman; G. Gordon Liddy; Noel Paul Stookey; Abbie Hoffman; Bo Jackson; Richard Pryor; Michael McDonald; Aaron Rodgers; Andy Williams; Francisco Franco; Dennis Wilson; Jeff Bridges; Walt Disney; Jim Messina; and Dave Brubeck.
I saw Loggins and Messina play at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio (the sweariest state) in the early 1970s. Then I went to see them again in Fresno, California in 2005. They are about as musically pure as it gets. And Jim Messina (seen here on the mandolin) was always the more musically talented of the two. I love this song of theirs. I hope you do as well. Enjoy.