Greetings one and all to the Easter edition of Saturday Ramblings. We have an Easter basket full of goodies for you. Jelly beans, malted milk balls, chocolate bunnies (you do eat their ears first, don’t you?) and licorice whips. We’ve also hidden among the plastic grass some other treats—chocolate-covered ramblings. Let’s dig in!
Please remember Charles Colson in your prayers. As of this writing (Friday night) Colson was still in critical condition following surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Let us all pray for our brother.
Elaine Pagels has written a book to clear up some “myths” about the book of Revelation. Before you write this off as another liberal academician making a name for herself at the expense of Christianity, read this article outlining what she has to say. Your thoughts?
Hugo Chavez, dictator of Venezuela, spoke at a mass on Holy Thursday, crying out for God to spare his life. Chavez suffers from cancer. What do you think of a communist dictator who calls out for Christ to give him life?
A very interesting article on “Christianity in Crisis” from Andrew Sullivan. Very interesting indeed.
The Mormon church invested what some seem to believe was $1.5 billion to build an upscale mall in Salt Lake City. So perhaps wasting money is not solely in the domain of evangelicals?
The Vatican is renewing its fight against the Mafia in Italy. The Church has realized that the Mafia is “anti-human and anti-religious.” Hmmm. That’s a revelation? Perhaps the Vatican could start the fight against organized crime using the 550 pound chocolate egg the Pope received for Easter. Ok, be honest with me. How long would it take you to polish off a quarter ton of chocolate?
Did the Easter Bunny himself lay the giant egg? And just who is the Easter Bunny? Here is a brief history of said rabbit.
Mark Driscoll. Easter Bunny. Need I say more?
Ok, I will say a bit more. Mars Hill Church rented the entire city of Ephesus for a day. Really. iMonk WenatcheeTheHatchet has some thoughts on this. But really, do you need to know more than that Driscoll’s church rented a whole city? They could have used the money to build an upscale mall.
The evangelical circus will set up many tents this weekend, one of which will be at a high school football stadium in North Carolina. After giving those in attendance a “chance to respond to the Gospel,” a helicopter will circle the stadium dropping 12,000 plastic eggs on the crowd. Most will be filled with candy, but four will have coupons for thing like an iPad, iPods, and an XBox 360. The pastor, one Skipper Allen (Skipper? Really?), said he is modeling this after the “attractional things” Jesus did to draw people to hear his Gospel. All I could think of when reading this story was the line, “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
Oh, and if you travel to the Philippines for Easter, please note that palm fronds blessed during the Palm Sunday mass are not to be used as anti-aging devices or as feed for fighting roosters. You probably won’t find that in a travel guide, so I thought I’d pass that on.
Happy birthday cakes were eaten this last week by Christopher “I need more cowbell!” Walken; Herb Albert; Al Gore; Ewan McGregor; Lon Chaney; Gordon Jump; Buddy Ebsen; Sir Alex Guinness; Barrett “Dr. Demento” Hanson; Jack Webb; Marvin Gaye; Leon Russell; Doris Day; Lowell George; Tony Orlando; Anthony Perkins; Bette Davis; and Merle Haggard.
You know I was not going to pass up a chance to feature a song by my Tulsa homie Leon Russell, the Master of Space and Time. Hey–don’t complain. I could have chosen Tony Orlando. Enjoy.