Pardon me if I am a bit distracted as I ramble today, iMonks. I am celebrating Basketball Christmas as I write this. Yes Virginia (and Washington, D.C.), there is a Santa Claus, and his name is Florida Gulf Coast, my new favorite college basketball team. I love upsets, especially by teams that, before the tournament began, I didn’t even know existed. And have you seen the hideous uniforms worn by Notre Dame? It’s enough to keep me from ever converting to Catholicism. Of course, we’ll all be happy as long as someone beats Duke, right? Lace up your Chucks, iMonks. It’s time to ramble.
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You know how your friends love to show off baby pictures, and you pretend to be interested so as to not disappoint them? Roving Rambler Adam Palmer showed off some baby pictures he came across this week. Pictures of the universe when it was not even half a million years old. That, in creation years, makes these pretty much newborn pics of our universe. When the universe was born, do you think God handed out cigars?
An installation service was held for an incoming religious leader this week. You may have heard about it. That’s right, there is a new Archbishop of Canterbury. We have had 266 Catholic popes. Before you click on the link, how many Anglican heads of church do you think there have been? Ok, now you can click. Did you get it right?
Oh yeah, there was another installation service this week. Pope Francis is his name. Apparently some Italians are a bit upset that Francis is not Italian. Only he is. But he isn’t. Are you with me on this? Of course, Francis is a born troublemaker. Instead of wanting to hold the traditional Maundy Thursday service in a church, he is going to have it in a prison. How very Jesus-like of him. But then what do you expect from a man who, after elected pope, called back home to Argentina to cancel his newspaper subscription?
Rev. Randy directed my attention this week to this apologetic for TBN by Charisma’s Steve Strang. Color me not convinced. Or am I wrong? Do we say Paul and Jan are innocent until proven guilty, or do we say where there’s smoke, there’s fire?
Did you happen to catch President Obama’s cameo on The Bible mini-series? He played the role of Satan. And no, it wasn’t just a coincidence. God guided the makeup artist’s hand to make Beelzebub look like Barak. No, really. So says this Christian talk show host. And if you can’t believe a talk show host, who can you believe?
Four words I never thought I would put together in one sentence: Mick Jagger, model dad.
Meanwhile, it seems Mumford and Sons are interested in Jesus, but not Christianity or religion. Oh goody. Another cultural icon practicing design-it-yourself religion. But the dude does pick a mean banjo.
Oh my. It seems that for the second year in a row there will be no kosher Coca-Cola available for Jews in California. That will make it difficult for those who will spend this week wondering in the Mohave Desert leading up to Passover.
Finally, the Synonymous Rambler tells me that no one’s Holy Week can be complete with a set of Ten Plagues Nail Decals. Sigh. I can’t wait to get mine.
Installation Week happy birthdays include Pat Nixon; Jerry Lewis; Ray Benson; Nat King Cole; John Sebastian; Mia Hamm; John Updike; Earl Warren; Glenn Close; Bruce Willis; Frank Stanton; Bobby Orr; Holly Hunter; Jimmie Vaughan; Erich Kunzel; Chico Marx; Pat Robertson; William Shatner; and Bob Costas.
I never get tired of seeing this. Even though I’m not a Frenchman, I do like Jerry Lewis. And for those of you under the age of, oh, say, 40, the thing he is pretending to use is called a typewriter. It was a way of putting words on paper. It came between chiseling pictures on rocks and Swype. Enjoy.