It is Saturday again? Already? We just had Saturday a week ago. And we will most likely have another one next week. Well, why not? I mean, we have to have Mondays every week. It’s only fair we have Saturdays as well. As I matter of fact, I propose we have two Saturdays for every one Monday. What do you think? I may just run for emperor on that platform. In the meantime, what do you say we spend this Saturday rambling?
Joel Osteen, former Christian? A web site that looked a lot like the real thing—although the address was www.joelostenministries.com (don’t bother—it has been taken down) which was deliberately misspelled—featured a letter supposedly from the Houston minister declaring he was leaving Christianity. The man behind the hoax says he’s a fan of Osteen, he just thinks Osteen is a little shallow. Kind of like how the Atlantic Ocean is a little deep.
Meanwhile, a rapper by the name of Shai Linne has a new song out titled “Fal$e Teacher$.” In this song he names names of those he considers false teachers. “Don’t be deceived by this funny biz, if you come to Jesus for money, then he’s not your God, money is! Jesus is not a means to an end, the Gospel is He came to redeem us from sin, and that is the message forever I yell! If you’re living your best life now you’re heading for hell!” I guess I just don’t get rap music. Do they always pull their punches like this? I find it very interesting that he laments how the American prosperity gospel is infecting churches in Africa. Your thoughts?
I have thought for some time we might need to have a good conversation about Christians and guns. Here is a very good starting place. Perhaps we will visit this topic in more detail at a future date. For now, think on these words.
Just what the world has been waiting for. A Ron Paul-branded homeschool curriculum. It is designed to teach our little darlings “the biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility, which is also the foundation of the free-market economy.” And what Bible is he finding this stuff in? Still, you know Christian homeschooling parents will simply hear “biblical principles” and eat this stuff up, while forcefeeding it on their children. Do we really need a new generation of Christians schooled in self-government? Discuss.
The Supreme Commander of the Baptist culture wars, Richard Land, has a new job. He is soon to take over as head of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. His mission? “My goal is to join with the SES family to produce an ever increasing number of graduates who will be the green berets and paratroopers of God’s army.” Paratroopers? Did he really say paratroopers? We may have a new source of great Ramblings material in Charlotte.
Not that there is any lack of fun stuff coming from the Tar Heel state. First some state legislators wanted to declare an official North Carolina state religion (It was going to be Christianity. Who knew? I thought it would have been NASCAR.). Now a state legislator likens Muslims who pray to terrorists. You know how every family has a black sheep? The wool doesn’t get much darker than what is being knit in North Carolina right now. I think Richard Land is going to fit right in, don’t you?
Meanwhile, the new president of Oral Roberts University (full disclosure: my alma mater) seems firmly committed to taking the school back into the 1990s with his culture war rhetoric. It is getting harder and harder for me to think of a reason students should consider many Christian colleges.
The Synonymous Rambler brought to my attention a Romanian lawyer who is suing his priest for failing to exorcise flatulent demons from his house. You know, I wish I could make stuff like this up. I really do. And who doesn’t think Flatulent Demons wouldn’t make for a great song title—it could be the flip side of Shai Linne’s Fal$e Teacher$. This week’s Ramblings Challenge: Come up with the lyrics for a song called Flatulent Demons. Then sing it in your worship service tomorrow …
Before we get to this week’s birthdays, we note with sadness the passing of three Christian authors and thinkers. David Kuo served as the deputy director of President George W. Bush’s office of faith-based initiatives. After Kuo left that post, he became a vocal critic of the Bush administration, saying they did not live what they were preaching.
John McCandlish Phillips was a star reporter for the New York Times, gaining his fame by writing an article exposing the Orthodox Jewish roots of a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. After the article appeared, the Klansman committed suicide, which Phillips saw as God’s judgment at work. Phillips left the Times to be a campus preacher in New York.
Dave Hunt was an author and teacher specializing in end times prophecy. He was not afraid of naming names. Nor was he afraid of bending Scripture to meet his predetermined opinions. Hunt was passionate for Jesus, even though he missed the ocean of God’s grace by focusing on his Dixie cup of news events he thought were important.
Birthday cards were opened this last week by my beautiful daughter Rebekah Cypert; Merle Haggard; Billy Dee Williams; Walter Winchell; Percy Faith; James Garner; Wayne Rogers; Betty Ford; Ward Bond; Carl Perkins; Cheetah; Harry Morgan; Chuck Connors; David Halberstam; Brian Setzer; Robert Fripp; and David Letterman.
So, I mentioned this rapper named Shai Linne. I am not a fan of rap. (Nor am I a fan of modern country music. Mix the two together—country and rap—and what do you get? Right. Crap.) But I kind of like this. And that is saying a lot, coming from this old, white rambler. Enjoy.