Welcome to the Superb Owl version of Saturday Ramblings. Yes, we are still waiting for the NFL to declare InternetMonk as the official blog of pro football. Until then, we cannot refer to the big game this weekend by its proper name, so we will go with the suggestion of one of our own writers, Adam Palmer, and call it the Superb Owl. This year it’s played in Chaplain Mike’s backyard in Indianapolis. (And the backyards of Damaris Zehner, Craig Bubeck and Lisa Dye as well. Hey, it takes a lot of room to play football!) The Superb Owl will feature the annoying Giants of New York taking on the even more annoying Patriots of New England. Will you give me a little bit of your pre-Superb Owl snack-making time for some stories that we didn’t get to this last week? Fasten your seat belts, iMonks. This is one jam-packed Ramblings. We’ve got a bit of everything for you today. So pour yourself another bowl of Sugar-Coated Chocolate Bombs, turn down SportsCenter’s Superb Owl preview show, and get ready to ramble ramble ramble!
Let’s start with one of the most bizarre circus acts I’ve seen since Billy Sunday slid home safely to Heaven. “Bishop” Eddie Long—leader of a megachurch in Atlanta and accused sexual molester of boys/young men—was exalted from commoner to king this week. Yep. Really. You can watch the whole thing here, or a shorter and funnier version here. Meanwhile, this theologian points out no fewer than 27 errors in the crowning of Long as a king. And as you can imagine, many Jewish leaders are a bit upset at how all this played out. This whole ceremony is so crazy that I don’t even know where to begin. If I didn’t laugh at it all, I would puke. Please tell me this was just a bad episode of a cancelled sitcom I stumbled upon…
Ramblings corespondent Adam Palmer was a busy beaver this week, pointing out four stories for your reading enjoyment. Before we wade into Adam’s stories, I suggest you take some time to read his blog. Written by both Adam and Michelle, this barely scratches the surface of these wonderful followers of Jesus. Be sure to read about their upcoming Group Hug America tour. Oh—Michelle has one of the best female singing voices I’ve ever heard in my life. And Adam can usually figure which end of the guitar to hold. Just sayin’…
First up from AP, the discovery of a planet that seems could be habitable, and it’s not that far away. Only 22 light years. Perhaps this is a place where King Eddie could rule?
Then there is this bit of good news: Jesus is not going to be evicted from a mountain in Montana. Skiers will still be able to stop and visit with Jesus, or a statue thereof, as they zip down a snow-covered hill in Whiteside. The statue has been maintained by the Knights of Columbus since 1955. Why would anyone have trouble with a statue of a skiing Jesus?
Finally, New England Patriots fan that he is (and I thought Adam was a Christian!), he points us to this announcement for Tom Brady’s autobiography, as well as a plea from Brady’s wife for prayers and “positive energy” for her husband. (Which one is the joke, and which one is real?) I wonder how the Giants can get some of that positive energy during the Superb Owl. Um, perhaps by blitzing?
Not to be outdone, the Synonymous Rambler wants us to know that Baptist pastors can be funny. At least one. This contender to be aired during tomorrow’s Superb Owl was produced by a graduate of Union Baptist Theological Seminary. And I’ll have to admit, it’s funnier than many commercials I’ve seen, Superb Owl or not. And if you can’t wait until tomorrow’s game to watch the newest commercials, you can check them out here.
Combining football and megachurch silliness, here is a story that really warms my heart. Almost makes me want to be a Broncos fan. Almost.
Joe Bob Briggs wants to know why God loves Tim Tebow but hates the Broncos.
President Obama got himself in trouble with Catholics with this controversial ruling regarding contraceptives. And then he ceased to preachin’ and done took to meddlin’ when he said Jesus would have raised taxes on the rich as well. After all, the Bible does promote capitalism, right? Then there is this interesting look at Obama by Religion News writer Mark Silk. Many of Obama’s comments came during this year’s presidential prayer breakfast held this week in D.C. And of course that raises the question once again, just who is The Family who sponsors this annual event? And who would win in a cage match: The Family or King Eddie? (Extra credit question: If President Obama were a Republican, would we accept the fact he says he is a Christian?)
We haven’t heard from John Piper in a while. Did you miss him? This week Piper said that “God gave Christianity a masculine feel.” Still miss him?
Hey Martha! What’s with this?
First Lady Denise Spencer points us to the ridiculous church sign of the week.
Finally, this is the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest movies of all time, based on THE greatest American novel of them all. Your Rambler says check it out!
Happy birthday this last week to Alan Alda; Sarah McLachlan; Elijah Wood; W. C. Fields; Victor Mature; John Raitt; Katherine Ross; Tom Selleck; Jonny Lang; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Dick Martin; Gene Hackman; Dick Cheney; Christian Bale; Jackie Robinson; Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks; Nolan Ryan (yes, three Hall of Famers all born on the same day); John Ford; Boris Yeltsin; George Halas; Stan Getz; Pebbles Flintstone; Joey Bishop; Dave Davies; Melanie Safka; and my mom, Gloria Dunn, who is a spry and feisty 77 this week.
Bonus video birthday greetings this week to Dave Davies, guitarist for the Kinks. Here is a fun diddy by Davies brothers (Ray is the lead singer of the Kinks) called Sunny Afternoon. Dave Davies is the one playing the “Flying V” electric guitar. Enjoy!