Greetings one and all! What a bright, lovely, springy day it is here at the iMonastery. I hope it is sunny where you are. If it isn’t, then please allow us to take you to our own little land of sunshine we like to call … Saturday Ramblings.
First of all, are there any iMonks who live in the Dayton/Cincinnati area who would like to meet for breakfast on Saturday, May 5? I will be in town briefly and would love to meet with any who 1) wants to see what your abbot looks like, and 2) loves a good breakfast. We would gather at The Breakfast Club on Broadway in Lebanon at, say, 9 a.m. If you’re interested, email me at the address to the right.
Robert Jeffress should be a politician, not a pastor. He has a way of flip-flopping that shows a real flair for politics, otherwise known as the art of compromise. First he says that Mormons aren’t Christians and Christians need to vote for Christians, or at least those Jeffress decides are Christian enough for him. Now he says that Christians should vote for a Mormon because the Mormon is more Christian than the Christian we really shouldn’t vote for. Does this make sense to you at all?
Meanwhile, the Mormon who isn’t a Christian is giving the commencement address at the evangelical Liberty University. I told you politics could be more fun than a barrel of televangelists.
Another new translation of the Bible is causing no end of fun among those who look for things such as no mention of Jesus as the Christ (instead they use “the Anointed One”), and no use of the word “angel” (preferring instead “messenger”). What I want is a copy of the Cockney New Testament.
We often (and, for the most part, rightly so) hammer on John Piper in our ramblings. Today, however, is a different take on a man who has walked with the Lord for 60 years.
The Richard Land controversy continues to grow. Even other Baptists are growing tired of him apologizing with both feet in his mouth. And charges of plagiarism are not helping. Is it time for a Land-fall? (Sorry, sorry—I couldn’t help myself.)
They say celebrities part this earth in threes. First, it was Dick Clark, Mr. American Bandstand. The ageless Clark died this week at the ageless age of 82. Then one of the greatest singers, as well as a very fine drummer, Levon Helm passed away of cancer. Number three was Jonathan Frid. What? Of course you know him. He was Barnabas Collins from the original Dark Shadows TV show.
Meanwhile, birthdays were celebrated this last week by Loretta Lynn; Rod Steiger; Kenneth Mars; Pete Rose; Tulsan Roy Clark; Charlie Chaplin; Peter Ustinov; Henry Mancini; Dusty Springfield; Thornton Wilder; Daffy Duck; and Ashley Judd.
Levon Helm was the driving force behind The Band, one of the greatest groups no one has heard of. Only you have heard them. The Band put on a final concert (well, at least with Robbie Robertson in the group; they continued without him for several years until several of the other members died) in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day in 1976. Here is a cut from that incredible concert. Yes, it is the greatest rock and roll concert movie ever. Believe me. Here is the late Levon Helm. He gets my nod as the drummer in Heaven’s band. Enjoy.