Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of Saturday Ramblings. We want you to be our valentine. (I have no idea what that means. Just seems the thing to say.) Sorry, we have no chocolate to share. Well, ok, we suppose we could offer you some chocolate-covered Ramblings.
Rambler Adam Palmer found this story about the torture and persecution of Christians in Muslim countries. No, this is not to get you riled up against Muslims. It is to remind us to pray for our brothers and sisters in these countries. As St. Paul Harvey would say, “It is not one world.”
The story of Andrew, the young man “discplined” by Mars Hill Church and Mark Driscoll, goes on and on and on. Slate has this very interesting look into the whole debacle. And Matthew Paul Turner comments on Slate. Now it’s your turn to comment on these stories.
Not sure if Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church will discipline its members who don’t lose weight or not. And I have no idea what “pump and praise” is, nor do I want to know. (Don’t even go there, iMonks. I have an itchy trigger finger…)
You know that the Catholic liturgy changed at the beginning of the year. Apparently one priest didn’t get the memo. Now he’s in the unemployment line for saying an unauthorized prayer. (I said don’t go there, iMonks.)
This by Rachel Held Evans is perhaps the most important thing you will read all week. Really. (You can go there with this one, brothers and sisters.)
And this is definitely the funniest thing you’ll read this week. Try to find yourself on this “chart.” (Definitely go there with this one!)
The weirdest thing you’ll read? Well, it’s a toss-up between a drive-thru funeral parlor, or this story approved by the Synonymous Rambler about the Virgin Mary appearing in a tree. Which do you think is the strangest of the two?
Celebs, or those we think are celebs, who turned a year older this last week include Charles Lindbergh; Byron Nelson; Vincent Furnier (sure you know Vincent—ok, you know him better by Alice Cooper); Lawrence Taylor; John Carradine; Hank Aaron (for my money, the greatest baseball player of all time); Darrell Waltrip; George Herman “Babe” Ruth (who could also be considered the best baseball player of them all); Zsa Zsa Gabor; Rip Torn; Bob Marley; Laura Ingalls Wilder; Nick Nolte; Ernest Tubb; Carole King; Jimmy Durante; and Mark Spitz.
Yes, I know Alice Cooper is a Christian. He is also a great entertainer. (I’d give his restaurant in Phoenix a pass, though. Just sayin’…) This is the song he considers his own personal favorite. Enjoy!
Ok. So you question the part about him being a Christian? Fine. Check this out.