Greetings, iMonks. Welcome once again to our weekly gathering we like to call Saturday Ramblings. We tiptoe through the TULIP, or through the daisies (for those who are not of the Calvinist bent), trying not to get our feet wet or dirty so we don’t track mud in the iMonastery. I come bearing a gift for you, a gift that will help lift the winter gloom from your soul. It is a gift of words, four simple words to bring you joy unspeakable and full of glory. But before we get to those words, what say we ramble …
First, the big news of the week. Seems Richard III has been found hiding beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England. The king was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Then someone went and paved a parking lot on top of him. He once was lost, but now is found. Let the merriment commence.
Meanwhile, a little closer to our era, there seems to be a battle brewing in the UK, circa 1920. Tom Branson wants his daughter to be christened Catholic, while Lord Grantham, the baby’s grandfather, doesn’t want his daughter to become a “left-footer” and insists she be sprinkled by an Anglican minister. There is great tension all around. Oh come on. You watch Downton Abbey like the rest of us, don’t you? If not, you should. Just sayin’…
The new head right-footer has taken office. Seems like a nice guy. Anyone on that side of the pond want to comment?
Evangelical Catholicism is on the offense, not defense, they say. “They” being a new wave of evangelical Catholics. The part of this article that concerns me is where they say, “And so the evangelical Catholicism of the future will be a culture-forming counterculture. It will form its own culture … ” Perhaps they will want to look at how creating their own culture has worked for other evangelicals first.
Free-roving rambler Adrian forwarded this story about how some UK churches are making up for the fact they cannot put together a full choir these days. Interesting. Sad, but interesting.
Did you watch the Superb Owl last Sunday? (Up until the start of Downton Abbey, that is.) Before the game, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he didn’t think God played a part in who would win. Well, the Ravens won, whether picked by God or not. After the game, Lewis said the Ravens had “finished the race.” And he was seen on the field wearing a t-shirt with Psalms 91 on it. Me? I got home from work in time to watch the last four seconds of the game. Then, thanks to DVR, I watched what I really wanted to watch. Mr. Bates is coming home!
Make sure you give and give well if you attend church in Arkansas. That state’s legislature has made it legal to pack heat in the pew. Worship with one hand raised and one hand on your hip. Meanwhile, violence at churches has increased by 36% in the last year. Is having more people with guns in church the best solution? Argue quietly among yourselves.
iMonk Rev. Randy found this interesting op-ed by Steve Strang, founder of Charisma magazine. With this we can safely say that excessive evangelicalism has collapsed. When Strang says the party is over, it is over.
Remember our top story from last week, the “pastor” who refused to tip her server at Applebee’s, then had the server fired? This has fueled the discussion that maybe Christians shouldn’t go out to eat since they are such lousy tippers.
Sigh … Really? Do we really need a Christian Fashion Week? Really?
Oh yes, that gift of four simple words I promised you? Here they are: Pitchers and catchers report …
Finally, a maintenance worker in Tennessee has quit his job because the W2 he received this week was number 666. “If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil,” he said. Why would I try to make stuff up when I have these things gift-wrapped for me each week?
Birthday gifts were wrapped this week for my mom, Gloria Dunn; George Halas; Liz Smith; Stan Getz; Tommy Smothers; Graham Nash; Christie Brinkley; Pebbles Flintsone (did she ever marry Bam-Bam? And did he ever learn to say anything other than Bam-Bam?); Norman Rockwell; Joey Bishop; Bob Griese; Charles Lindbergh; Hal Blaine; Hank Aaron; Al Kooper; Chuck Winfield; Babe Ruth; Ronald Reagan; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Rip Torn; Natalie Cole; Laura Ingalls Wilder; Garth Brooks; and James Dean.
No bonus video today. Sorry. WordPress is not behaving, and I have already had my far share of cussing for the day. I suggest you go outside and play. Unless you are enjoying the blizzard of the century. Then I recommend lots of coffee and a deck of cards. Enjoy.