Greetings, fellow ramblers. Your Chief Rambler, the abbot of this abbey, has returned from his venture to the Buckeye state to serenade his father on the occasion of said dad’s 80th birthday. Cake was consumed with joy unspeakable and full of glory. You know, it is still only 762 miles from my driveway to my parents’ driveway, and it still only takes 12 hours to traverse those 762 miles, but it sure does feel longer these days. Am I getting old or what? One thing is for sure, this Saturday isn’t getting any younger. What say we redeem the time and ramble …
I received a package this week, and on the outside of the box it read Louisville Slugger. On the inside I found a custom-made red, white and blue baseball glove with my name stitched in script on the thumb. It is an amazing glove, one of the best I have ever put on my catching (left) hand. The thing is, it came with no card, no note, no nothing. I have no idea who sent it to me, but if it was you, you have my sincerest thanks. I cannot tell you how great it makes me feel to think someone would care enough to have this made for me and send it to me. Now to break it in.
The news of the week seemed to center on NBA player Jason Collins’s “coming out” announcement. Collins, who is a Christian, met with cheers and tears of joy from those in the sports world. But when ESPN commentator Chris Broussard shared his thoughts on the matter, he was met with jeers and scorn. Double standard? Seems that way. And when former Green Bay Packers player Leroy Butler tweeted his thoughts about Collins, he was invited not to speak at a Christian church. Double standard? How about no standard. And Religion Dispatches wants to know why Collins’s faith is ignored, while Tim Tebow’s is overplayed. Your thoughts?
In the above paragraph I wrote “Collins, who is a Christian … ” Should that be “a Christian” or simply “Christian”? What difference to the meaning does the single-letter word “a” make? Grammarians, this is for you.
So you think Washington DC is a godless city? A city where matters of faith are not only ignored, they are met with ridicule and derision? Not so fast, Potomac-breath. Joshua Dubois, the former coordinator of all things political and faith-based, says God truly is at work in our nation’s capital. Of course, he’s a democrat and a liberal, so we don’t have to listen to him, right?
Meanwhile, our Comedian-In-Chief got off another good one this week. You know, he has less than four years remaining on his contract. And Letterman is going to look to retire in a few years. Do you think … ???
Someone needs to straighten out our military. They have it in for soldiers who share their faith with others. Or so it would seem from this story. Those in the know, please tell us: Will those who try to convert others be court martialed?
Perhaps our First Lady, Denise Spencer, can shed some light on this one. A woman in Kentucky has been ordained a Catholic priest. Really. I know there is a joke in there somewhere, but this time I’m being serious with you.
And Martha of Ireland, what is a Magdalene laundry? Don’t you have Sears in Ireland, where people can buy their own washer and dryer? Tell us, Martha, what is up with nuns sending girls to do endless loads of dirty clothes?
Here is a headline that will boost our numbers today: The Sex Lives Of Unmarried Evangelicals. Need I say more?
T.R. Lurhmann found out something interesting while doing research for her book, When God Talks Back. (Chaplain Mike is currently preparing a review of this book.) Many people claim God speaks to them. Wow. Who knew???
Pregnant and still trying to choose a name for your forthcoming bundle of joy? Don’t move to New Zealand if you have some crazy name in mind. What do the Kiwis consider crazy? Read this and see …
Finally, the Synonymous Rambler suggests we all wash our minds out with this story. I agree. Let this one soak in for awhile.
Happy birthday greetings were given this last week to Richard Dunn, the father of yours truly; Willie Nelson; Al Lewis; Walter Lantz; Enos Slaughter; Coretta Scott King; Casey Kasem; Pete Ham; Dale Earnhardt; Cloris Leachman; and Isiah Thomas.
Pete Ham was the lead singer and guitarist in a band “discovered” by the Beatles called Badfinger. Unfortunately, poor management of the band led to Ham becoming despondent and, in 1975, he hanged himself in his garage in Surrey, England. But his voice and music will always be alive. Enjoy.