This is the storm shelter version of Saturday Ramblings. As I write, massive storms are moving across Oklahoma City, 100 miles to my west. I have been watching live shots from an OKC TV station with my heart down around my shoelaces. We have storms heading into Tulsa, and they are making a lot of noise, but nothing like what is happening in our capital city. Tornadoes are also reported in St. Louis at this time. When you are reading this Saturday morning, news reports will tell us of fatalities and damage from this line of storms. Pray for those whose lives have been torn asunder by the power of nature. Now, with heads bowed, shall we ramble?
Let’s start off with a history lesson from Ken Ham, shall we? Question one: True or False—The earth is billions of years old. Question two: True or False—Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. I hope you answered False to both questions if you want to be able to pass the pop quiz given to fourth graders at Blue Ridge Christian Academy in South Carolina. The text followed a DVD from Ham’s Answers in Genesis. Glad these little scholars are getting off on the right foot.
Meet the new Baptist boss. Same as the old Baptist boss? Russell Moore is a bit more up-to-date than his predecessor as head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. For instance, Moore tweets. I guess to some, that is important. Baptist pope Al Mohler approves of Moore and, apparently, tweeting.
Mohler has also identified the greatest crisis facing the evangelical church today. Wanna guess what it is? (If you miss this, I’m sending you for remedial studies at Blue Ridge Christian Academy …)
New York Times columnist T.M. Luhrman often offers a unique perspective of evangelicals. Here she explores the part belief plays in the life of faith. Some interesting ideas. Your thoughts?
N.T. Wright has a new book coming out that he didn’t write. He has never met his co-author, even though a blurb on the book touts, “Celebrated theologian N.T. Wright partners with Tim Suttle to discuss how Christ, as the fulfillment of God’s promise, has become the source by which we perform truth in the world.” As a matter of fact, Wright didn’t even know this book was being developed. Perhaps one day we’ll take a look behind the curtain of publishing and see how such a thing could come about. Not today, but someday.
Richmond (Virginia) Outreach Center will need a supply preacher for a little while. The megachurch had two of their leaders taken to government-sponsored housing this week for breaking the law. No word yet as to what evangelical leaders are rushing to support these two as they did with C.J. Mahaney.
The Catholic Church’s top exorcist claims to have sent 160,000 demons back to hell. But at 88 years old, he is asking for some help. He wants the pope (who may or may not have performed an exorcism recently himself) to allow all ordained priests to perform exorcisms. Why do we not hear of many exorcisms in Orthodox or Protestant churches? Any ideas?
Pope Francis didn’t exactly conduct an exorcism, but he did sternly rebuke the Mafia this week. Question for Martha: Is it better for a hit man to do his deed before or after attending mass?
Maybe the pope would be more open to La Cosa Nostra if they could help supply communion wine to churches in Venezuela. There appears to be a shortage.
And finally, you may have heard that Michele Bachmann is not going to run for re-election in Minnesota. It seems God told her she could make a lot more money as a lobbyist. Ok, ok, so The Onion is satire. Tell me that this couldn’t be true…
Hippy Happy Birthday was wished this last week to Hal David; Miles Davis; Sir Ian McKellen; Mike Myers; Peter Cushing; Brent Musberger; Levon Helm; Stevie Nicks; Hank Williams, Jr.; Sally Ride; Vincent Price; Bruce Cockburn; Peri Gilpin; Ian Fleming; John Fogerty; Bob Hope; Dolores Hope; Mel Blanc; Clint Eastwood; Joe Namath; John Bonham; and Peter Yarrow.
Yes, I know there will be those who want to hang me in effigy for not posting a video of Bruce Cockburn, and there are those who want to hang me for real because I am not posting a song from Miles Davis. But Levon Helm—c’mon. Here he is from the best concert film of all time, The Last Waltz. Enjoy.