Sigh. Just when you try to do something right, the world intrudes all over your good intentions. I had decided earlier in the week that today’s ramblings would be Ed Young, Jr- and Mark Driscoll-free. And darn if they don’t both go and get themselves into the news once again. So I figured, “What not through in some Rob Bell as well?” Add a splash of Linsanity, a Noah’s Ark themepark update, and a tip of the fight helmet to one of the greatest American heroes, and it all adds up to a giant helping of Saturday Ramblings.
Let’s start with Ed Young, Jr. I don’t know if I get more of a kick of him handing out “sexual chocolate” or him implying that I don’t know the Lord. In either case, I think you can see that Young takes just a wee bit of liberty with scriptures, statistics, and, yes, chocolate.
Oops. Looks like Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church had to do a little housekeeping this week. They fired two of the ministers involved in the church discipline case we have hightlighted on these pages in the past week or so. There, heads have rolled. Can we please move on now?
iMonk friend Skye Jethani chatted recently with Christian lightning rod Rob Bell. I really like Bell’s thoughts here. You?
For a little more fun in today’s star-struck ramblings, let’s get to know Jeremy Lin, the Tim Tebow of the NBA. Are you ready for some Linsanity?
Are Southern Baptists still all that southern? Should they consider changing their names? Why do you always take two Baptists fishing with you? The answers to two of those questions can be found here. (For the third, consider this: If you only take one, he’ll drink all of your beer. If you take two, they won’t drink any.)
One thing that is not going to change anytime soon—Southern Baptist-owned Lifeway stores will continue to stock and sell NIV Bibles. It all has to do with sex, which in this case means gender. Whoever said the Bible was a book of peace did not count on the SBC.
Oh boy. Answers In Genesis’s special project division is edging closer to bringing a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark into being. And in Kentucky, of all places. Well, the location is close to the Ohio River, which has been known to spill its banks from time to time. AIG is hoping your bank will overflow into their coffers to help us all realize how incomplete our lives are right now without a Noah’s Ark themepark to travel to.
One of my greatest heroes of all time is John Glenn. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth—50 years ago come Monday. Imagine today if we had a man or woman from our country orbit Jupiter, then return to tell us about it. This was even bigger than that. By the way, I have spent some time with Glenn and his wife, and they are very genuine followers of Jesus. Hats off to John Glenn.
Happy birthday greetings go out to Thomas Alva Edison; Sidney Sheldon; Leslie Nielsen; Sarah Palin; Omar Bradley; Woody Hayes; Peter Tork; Red Barber; and Michael Jordan.
Ok, so I thought for a millisecond about a Monkees’ song for our bonus video, but as many of you have no idea who John Glenn is, please spend a few minutes watching history being made. Enjoy.