I’m tired, iMonks. Very tired. Bone tired. Tired in every way tired. I’m too tired to come up with my usual sidesplitting, hilarious opening paragraph. I know this comes as a great disappointment to you, but I’m sure you will forgive me once we get to the end and you see the great bonus video I have in store for you this week. No, don’t skip ahead. If I can endure until then, so can you. All right. What say we ramble?
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We have advanced from the Sweet Sistine through the Elite Eight Emissaries to the Sacred Semifinals. Who will get your vote in this round?
Meanwhile, the real selection process for the next pope will begin on Tuesday. How long will it take to come up with a winner? Last time, in 2005, the whole process took only a day. All eyes—and CNN’s cameras—will be trained on the chimney in the Vatican. Until the white smoke emerges you still have time to get in your bets. Paddy Power has odds posted for various cardinals, as well as some, er, interesting lay choices. Check the odds on Richard Dawkins.
The Anglican’s new pope, Justin Welby, is not going to win too many friends among liberal Episcopalians with these kinds of views. I don’t even think a lot of evangelicals would go for Welby questioning whether Jesus would like big fancy church buildings. You know, I think I’m going to like this guy.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died this week of cancer. For some reason, this triggered a lot of rejoicing among vocal Christians. When does one cross the line from disagreeing with the policies of a world leader to rejoicing in his death? Should Christians ever rejoice in the death of anyone, no matter how much evil he has inflicted?
C.J. Mahaney is stepping down as the president of Sovereign Grace Ministries to return to the pastorate. He does not say what church he wants to pastor. SGM is not begging him to stay. And the world continues to spin.
We can all rest safely and securely knowing the American Family Association is protecting us from the evils of advertisers who insist on letting their ads run on shows like Saturday Night Live. I for one will sleep better tonight knowing that the AFA has my back in this.
Well, of course I won’t sleep if I chew the new Wrigley gum to come out next month. I’ll have a venti skinny no-foam stick of mint, please.
Birthday wishes went out last week to Dr. Seuss; Desi Arnaz; Mikhail Gorbachev; Tom Wolfe; Larry Carlton; Karen Carpenter; Jon Bon Jovi; Bryce Dallas Howard; Doc Watson; Chris Squire; Andy Gibb; Bob Wills; Gordon Cooper; Willie Stargell; Rob Reiner; Tammy Faye Bakker; Arthur Lee; and Mickey Dolenz.
Arthur Lee and Love, perhaps the greatest group you have never heard of. Their 1967 album, Forever Changes, is one of the best albums ever released, and yet most people have no idea it even exists. Listen to the complex layers of this song. And then remember it was first released in 1967. No, they do not make them like this any longer. Enjoy.