Welcome fellow iMonks! It’s time for the weekly venture into the leftovers here at the iMonastery. We fix a lot of food during the week and try to give you hearty main dishes twice a day (if possible). But there are some things we just don’t get around to, so we gather them all up in Baggie and save them for today. And if they’re not all tasty, at least they’re not stale. So gather ’round the table, let’s hold hands and give thanks for today’s provision of Saturday Ramblings.
Oh boy, another archeological discovery that “proves” Jesus never raised from the dead. I think I recall reading somewhere that the only way to please God is by faith, not proof. Now, where did I read that? Oh yeah, the Bible.
The theologian who declared “God is dead” in 1966 died this week. William Hamilton was 87 when he died. I hope that as he is received into the arms of a very real and living God, Hamilton will say, “I am so glad I was wrong.”
I have a request for our brothers and sisters in the United Kingdom. Can you please keep your “theologians” on a shorter leash?
Skye Jethani gets it. Oh, does he get it. His take on the Evangelical Industrial Complex is at once insightful, correct, and troubling. What he says here about the building of celebrity pastors to support the sale of products is extremely accurate. Yes, I have been a part of the schemes (sorry, there ain’t a better word for it) to build up a pastor, get out product in his brand, and then do whatever it takes to reinvent him every few years to keep the cycle going. But don’t take my word for it. Read what Skye has to say here and here.
Sometimes organizations have to reinvent themselves, not to keep a brand-and-product cycle going, but because the times they are a-changing. The Billy Graham Evangelical Association announced this week it is laying off 50 of its 500 person staff. It will refocus its energies online.
Is college to blame for young adults dropping out of church? Presidential candidate Rick Santorum said as much in recent campaign stops. But Tim King of Sojourners thinks those college years are “exposing the problems with the faith they grew up with.” Interesting reading this. Your thoughts?
Don’t forget to set your DVR to record what is sure to be your favorite TV show this weekend. ABC presents GCB, which for a while stood for Good Christian, um, female dogs. Too many people objected to the title, so ABC changed it to the three letters. It’s based on a book of the same title by Kim Gatlin which explores the practice of gossip among Christians. So, are Christians up-in-arms about a profanity used in the title of a TV show, or because this TV show exposes the profanity of Christians telling tales?
Speaking of profanity, Steven James wonders why we feel it necessary to “clean up” Scripture. Would it be better for us to read the words that were actually written or spoken, or is it ok to use stand-in words so that some are not offended? Keep your comments clean, iMonks.
Birthday greetings went out this last week to Zeppo Marx; Jim “Mr. Magoo” Backus; George Harrison; Jackie Gleason; Johnny Cash; David Sarnoff; John Steinbeck; Joanne Woodward; Elizabeth Taylor; Brian Jones; Smokey the Bear; Glenn Miller; Karen Carpenter; Roger Daltry; Dr. Seuss; and Ron Howard.
While our Saturday Ramblings bonus video typically is from one of our birthday celebrities, I think it only appropriate to hear one more time from one who passed away this week. Enjoy.