Welcome to the March Madness edition of Saturday Ramblings. I asked the Synonymous Rambler to take charge of the leftovers this week so I could focus on all of the Ohio teams still (as of this writing) in the tournament. But SR is also caught up in the madness of this third month of the year. So I will shoulder on best I can as I watch hoops on the TV. (Mother Superior Denise Spencer has given me permission to leave the abbey Friday night to attend a Man Party where basketball will be watched and man-food will be consumed. And everyone said, Amen!) So when you are reading this on Saturday morning, we will have one, two or three Ohio teams in the Elite Eight. My father graduated from UC. My mom from Ohio. I took graduate courses at The Ohio State University. And I’ve always loved Xavier! I can’t lose! And neither can you, for it is time to ramble.
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Martha O’Ireland shared a brilliant piece with us on Thursday in which she discusses atheists wanting to separate mind and matter, aiming to produce a perfect mind. In the comments that followed, Headless Unicorn Guy reminded us that this line of thinking, called Singularity, was featured on the cover of Time last year. All this to say, C.S. Lewis scooped all of us with the making of the supermind in his wonderful book, That Hideous Strength. Haven’t read it? You should, right now.
Oh dear. It appears that a story we related to you the last time we rambled together was not necessarily true. Well, the story was true—it was the facts in the story that were a bit off course. Seems there is no real service promising to care for your pets when the rapture occurs. Bart Centre now says he does not employ an army of atheists who will gather up Fido and Fluffy while you rise in the air. Now all of your nice Christian pets will be left behind in a culture of evil. What are we to do?
Former President Jimmy Carter has written a number of books since he left the White House, but he’s never had a study Bible with his name on it. Until now. Lessons From Life Study Bible: Personal Reflections From Jimmy Carter is now in a Christian bookstore near you. As far as I know, no, it does not come with a cardigan sweater.
And according to this report, Americans own plenty of Bibles, but rarely bother to read them. Hmmm…next they’ll be telling us that water is wet.
A Christian film genre has mushroomed with flicks like Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Courageous—all produced by the same church and the same pastor/executive producer. Now comes Blue Like Jazz, a Christian film that doesn’t want to be a Christian film. And because Steve Taylor set out to make a real movie rather than a Christian movie, and because BLJ has some language in it that may not be appropriate for children who go to Baptist Sunday schools, it seems that the Jazz actors and crew are being blacklisted. At least that’s the view of Steve Taylor. Are you following all of this? If so, why are you?
According to that great Old Testament scholar John Hagee, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is comparable to Moses. And King David. And … and … the Messiah? Ok then. With Hagee not able to tell the difference between Jesus and Netanyahu, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Hagee doesn’t know Netanyahu’s son’s name (it’s Avner, not Jonathan). Are you following this? Again, why?
Don’t expect to find donuts or pork rinds on the new members’ luncheon menu at Saddleback Church. Saddleback member and author Dr. Daniel Amen thinks many churches are “sending people to Heaven early” by feeding them food that is not the most healthy. We connect to God through our brain? Really?
Sigh…I’ve put this off as long as I could. I tried to keep any mention of Tim Tebow out of today’s rambles, but … when nationally-know sportswriter Pat Robertson weighed in with his comments on the Broncos trading Tebow to the Jets, well … it was too much to pass up. I love this job.
Happy birthday this week to Samuel Horwitz (aka Shemp Howard); Nat King Cole; Patti “Layla” Boyd; Kurt Russell; George Plimpton; George Scott; Glenn Close; Bruce Willis; Carl Reiner; Jerry Reed; Bobby Orr; Timothy Dalton; Gary Oldman; Leonard “Chico” Marx; William Shatner; Wolf Blitzer; Doc Watson; and Moses Malone.
Growing up I loved the Marx Brothers, and loved how in each movie Chico (pronounced “Chick-o,” not “Cheek-o”) would play the piano in his own unique way. Amazing. Enjoy.