If you are new here at the iMonastery, each week we try to do a little light housecleaning. We put away the leftovers and take out the garbage and sweep the floors. We can make quite the mess during the week trying to keep things going here. So bear with us now as we get out the broom and dustpan and clean up what we call the Saturday Ramblings.
“I’ll take Life As We Know It Is Over for two hundred, Alex.”
“Answer: He just beat two former champions, but can’t spend any of the winnings.”
[Beep Beep] “Who is Watson?”
Did you watch the Grammy Awards last week? If so, you probably noticed many of the artists thanking God for helping with their careers. God should have picked up some sort of award, don’t you think? This Wall Street Journal article says that “believing that God wants you to be famous actually improves your chances of being famous.” Really now, is that all it takes? Well, after watching some of the performers, talent certainly doesn’t come into the mix.
And what about God’s will vs. Man’s will? Is it ever possible that what we perceive as God’s will is not really his will, and what we desire in our hearts, even though it may not seem to be right, really is God’s will for us? This is the theme explored in the new Matt Damon movie, The Adjustment Bureau, based on a Philip K. Dick short story. It sounds intriguing.
You may have read that the Borders bookstore chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, and plans to close at least 200 stores. Al Mohler writes why bookstores still matter. And for once, I totally agree with him.
The Bible is so much more complex than we allow it to be at times. Timothy Beal makes a good case for the comlexity of the creation story alone. Why is it that we try to get the Bible to fit into our way of thinking, instead of letting our way of thinking fit into the Bible? Or is that too complex of a question for a Saturday?
Great. First they win the Superb Owl, now they have the Virgin Mary. It’s enough to get me to give up cheese and bratwursts…
Have we mentioned how much we love reading Mark Galli? Here he is teaching evangelicals how to count.
I suppose I shouldn’t let this bother me. After all, aren’t we supposed to be influential in the marketplace? But somehow, it still does. I’m not quite ready to become Amish and unplug everything, but I’m getting there.
A tip o’ the Rambler’s birthday cap this last week to General Omar Bradley; Lorne Greene; Bill Russell; Woody Hayes; Tennessee Ernie Ford; Peter Tork; Jerry Springer; Mel Allen; Jimmy Hoffa; Florence Henderson; Edgar Bergen; Sonny Bono; Walter “Red” Barber; Michael Jordan; and Chaim Potok.
This week major league pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training in Arizona and Florida. All is once again well in the world. To celebrate the start of baseball season, let’s visit one of the funniest routines of all time. Who is on first? Right.