Greetings and salutations one and all. It is once again that time of week where we survey the mess we’ve made in the iMonastery, grab a broom, and get to work cleaning up. The nice thing (for you, anyway) is that we do all of the sweeping. All you have to do is lift your feet off the floor so we can get the broom under you. If you get whacked in the backside with the broom on occasion, it’s not intentional. Well, it’s probably not intentional. Ok, it is. But c’mon. You gotta allow us a little fun now and then. Shall we ramble?
Oklahoma, where I live, is a unique state, to say the least. We have many state symbols, including six different state songs, a state meal (fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas), and a state dirt (really). But North Carolina is pushing to have its own state religion, and thus become exempt from any federal law or regulation that violates that religion. Think it will fly?
Well, anything can happen in a country where 13% of the population believes its president is the anti-Christ. And Macca is dead, isn’t he? I mean, there were all those clues on the Beatles’ albums …
That school in southern Ohio that has had a portrait of Jesus hanging in its hallway since 1947, and vowed to keep it up despite recent protests, has decided to take it down. Legal fees, you know …
And for those who think the taking down of this picture constitutes persecution, Jonathan Merritt wants to put things in perspective for you.
President Obama attended Easter services where the preacher was critical of the religious right. “It’s sad when clergy egregiously politicize worship,” Mark Tooley, president of the conservative Christian organization Institute on Religion and Democracy, wrote in one of several blogs and articles that have criticized the sermon. Soooo…is Tooley the the pot or the kettle?
The final episode of the Bible mini-series on cable’s History channel outdrew The Walking Dead in viewers. Ok then. I only watched about five minutes of one earlier episode. Did you watch this? What did you think? Did I miss anything?
Damaris Zehner alertly spotted this story that lets us Christians know we need to be “cured” of our religion, just like we would be cured of a cold. Really. Damaris wouldn’t make this up.
Harry Potter, Eastern Orthodox Christian. Discuss.
Liberty University students will soon be able to pack heat in class. Seriously. Can anyone tell me how this is a good idea in any conceivable way? (The correct answer is, No, you can’t. But I suppose you can try if you want to …)
Jabba the Hutt, Muslim? So think some, and thus the Lego Jabba the Hutt toy set is going bye-bye. My question is this: Do you think there is anything wrong with a 53-year-old Rambler who longs to buy Lego sets?
I guess Roger Waters won’t be invited to sing a special at John Hagee’s church anytime soon, will he?
Speaking of John Hagee, he makes the list of the Nine Most Ridiculous Televangelists. Why only nine? Can you think of any others who should be on this list?
Paul and Jan Crouch are none too happy with Steve Strang’s dissing of them in Charisma. They are shocked—shocked, mind you—to learn that someone might call their integrity into question. Imagine that … (Thanks to Rev. Randy for the heads-up on this one.)
Birthday wishes were wished this week to Warren Beatty; Eric Clapton; Graeme Edge; Norah Jones; Shirley Jones; John Jakes; Lon Chaney; Gordon Jump; Buddy Ebsen; Leon Russell; Emmylou Harris; Sir Alec Guinness; Jack Webb; Marvin Gaye; Doris Day; Richard Manuel; David Hyde Pierce; Gil Hodges; Robert Downey, Jr.; and Spencer Tracy.
Wow. What a line-up to choose from. Well, not really. I’m an Okie now, and of all the great musicians from the Sooner state, there is only one Master of Space and Time.
Sometimes someone will write a masterpiece, but it ends up being presented better by another. In this case, it is very hard to argue that there is a better version than this done by Ray Charles. See how Willie Nelson looks on with a look of awe? Enjoy.