Welcome to the birthday edition of Saturday Ramblings. It was the birthday week for the Synonymous Rambler. Hey, the SR takes birthdays seriously. One day isn’t enough! Wednesday was my son’s 19th birthday. Friday was the birthday of my friend Mike Davis—and I am still recovering from his party. (He said it was BYOLS: Bring Your Own Lamp Shade. But all I had was agua de sandia…) And it was the birthday of … well, you’ll see in a bit. And then you’ll know why this is an abbreviated edition of your Saturday Ramblings…
At the recent Southern Baptist Convention convention there was much discussion over the doctrine of salvation. David Platt, a Baptist pastor in Alabama, supposedly said he thought the “sinner’s prayer” was superstitious and useless for those who were not the elect. Well, Platt is none too happy those words were put in his mouth. (We didn’t do that here, by the by.) Here is his response, as well as the message he shared at the Convention’s convention. (I like saying that.)
I like reading both fiction and non-fiction. But when it comes to the leaks coming from the Vatican, the powers that be prefer non-fiction. Go figure.
Well, this proves it. I was waffling a bit on the idea of creation vs. evolution, but now that we have proof, well, I’m all in. And we wonder why some, ok, many, people question whether a Christian-based science curriculum can offer a valid education. (Give HUG a few minutes, and I’m sure he’ll work out how My Little Pony is proof of evolution …)
And in our effort to further separate Christians from the world around, we now have the Resonate Film Festival, honoring Christian and family-friendly movies. The Christian ghetto continues to grow.
Ok, so maybe you don’t like President Obama’s plan for providing health care to all. (You can read Chaplain Mike’s excellent piece about that here.) Maybe you think Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a better plan to get the economy rolling again. But which president would do better in the face of an alien invasion? This could be the deciding factor in a tight race. By the way, are you prepared? You never know …
Speaking of aliens, the World’s Ugliest Dog was crowned this week. Mugly, a Chinese Crested Short Snout, beat out 28 other rats dressed as dogs to win this year’s contest. (Hey, that’s how the Synonymous Rambler described them, not me.) His picture takes the place of Mr. Bones at the top of this week’s Ramblings. In addition to this great honor, Mugly gets $1000, a VIP stay in a luxurious hotel, and a year’s worth of dog biscuits. Seriously. Take that, American Idol.
Birthdays this week were celebrated by Mary Livingstone; June Carter-Cash; Jason Mraz; Jack Dempsey; Mick Fleetwood; Jeff Beck; Chris Wood; George Orwell; Carly Simon; Pearl S. Buck; Peter Lorre; Helen Keller; Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan; Bruce Johnston; Lester Flatt; Mark Dunn and Jude Helix Wolfe.
Who? None other than my newest grandson, that’s who. Jude is the beautiful son of my daughter, Leah, and her husband, Ty. Mother and son doing well, father’s finger is sprained from taking so many pictures. Grandpa is bursting with pride. Enjoy.