You need to read fast today, iMonks. Do not linger over your computer too long this morning. Why not? Well, because you only have four shopping days left until my birthday on Wednesday. I expect the trucks will start lining up by Monday to deliver all of my gifts. And if you are buying me clothing, don’t forget my size: mammoth petite. I can accept Traveler’s Checks, though cash is preferable. How old will I be? Well, one year older than last year, of course. Now, before you begin baking my cake, shall we ramble?
Chaplain Mike may want to select a new favorite beer. Seems his Samuel Adams brew referenced the Declaration of Independence in a recent TV ad. Oops. They didn’t reference the Creator as being the one who endows us with unalienable rights, and now some Christians are upset. Are these the same Christians who say beer drinkin’ is a ticket straight to hell? And WWSD? (What Would Sam Drink?) Who watches TV commercials anymore anyway?
Want an egg with your beer? Just don’t fry it on the ground at Death Valley National Park. Yes, it is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk there. It seems like lots of people are doing just that, but not bothering to clean up the fried egg. Or shell. Or carton.
And while it is almost always warm in Africa, President Obama got a rather chilly reception while visiting there after he called for the decriminalization of homosexuality. Christian and Muslim leaders were quick to condemn Obama’s comments. I wonder when American politicians (and missionaries, for that matter) will realize that not everyone wants to be like us (U.S.)?
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council says Satan worship is growing like wildfire in Nagaland, a state in northeastern India. Is this real Satanic worship, or a straw man constructed by churches to garner more members? I don’t know. Do you?
The Italian version of Vanity Fair has named its Man Of The Year. Guess who it is?
Were you right?
When Pope Francis is not riding in the Popemobile, what do you think he drives? He says, “A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.” Wow. That would go over really well at a gathering of televangelists, huh?
Count Mark Lamster of the Dallas Morning News among those not impressed with First Baptist of Dallas’ new digs. Somehow—and maybe I’m wrong here, but I doubt it—I don’t think Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist, drives a humble car. Just my guess.
What do you think is the most “saintly city” in the US of A? Dallas? Nope. Tulsa? Should be, but it’s not. Cincinnati? It is the number six most sinful city. What is up with that? (Well, if you’re going to sin, sin boldly …) The most saintly city of all is … also the home of the All Star game this week.
Jeff Crews was a good friend of mine as I was growing as a Christian. He and I became Christians about the same time and went to the same church in Ohio. Jeff was eight years my senior, but treated me with a lot of respect; he was like a big brother to me. We both loed baseball, and went to several Reds games together. One day in June Jeff came down with a serious headache. Colleen, his wife, took him to the ER where it was determined he had a brain tumor. He was given 6 weeks to live. Jeff went out in style. One of his daughters had a friend who knows Joey Votto, the All Star first baseman for the Reds. Votto arranged for Jeff, Colleen and their adult children to not only attend a game, but be on the field during batting practice. They sat behind the dugout for the game. And the game they saw? It was the second no-hitter of Homer Bailey’s career. Jeff died two days later. Well played, my friend. See you at home.
Meanwhile, 12-year-old Grant Reed was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago. Grant Reed is from Ohio. He needed some motivation to beat his cancer, so he gave it a nickname. I absolutely love this story. If you are not from Ohio, you won’t understand …
Finally, do you sing your heart out in your church choir? A Swedish study now says that choir singing is good for your health. Well, unless you happen to be standing near me. Your heart may be healthy, but your ears will take a beating …
Happy birthday wishes were wished this week for Sebastian Cabot; Nancy Reagan; Janet Leigh; George W. Bush; Nanci Griffith; Ringo Starr; Marty Feldman; Kevin Bacon; Marc Almond; Bela Fleck; Milton Berle; and Bill Cosby.
I talked with a teenaged girl this week who had no idea who the Beatles were. Never heard of them. What are they teaching in schools these days? Sigh … They say it’s your birthday, Ringo. It’s my birthday too, yeah. Enjoy.