How was your week, iMonks? Here at the iMonastery we have have had a busy week chopping vegetables, peeling fruit, baking bread, and … and … whatever you do to meat. Grill. We grilled meat. And all of this chopping and peeling and baking and grilling has left quite a mess around the place. So now it’s time to clean up the joint. And the scraps we scrape up are what we call Saturday Ramblings.
It’s started already. We’re more than three years away from the next presidential election, but already the candidates are acting like candidates. And those who are Christians and candidates are praying for revival in America, as sure as the sun rises to the right of north. Can I say right now I’m already tired of the campaigning?
But I do see some good on the Southern Baptist horizon in the person of Russell Moore, the head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is described as having “Jesus in his heart, Wendell Berry on his bookshelf and Merle Haggard on his iPod.” I might just like this guy.
A judge in North Carolina has told a group of county commissions they can no longer pray in Jesus’ name before their meetings. I’m still waiting to hear that Christians are being persecuted in the Tar Heel state. And how we need to return our nation back to its Christian roots. Anyone? Anyone?
And of course we all know that only the United States sends out missionaries, right? Right? Uh … well, we are still number one, kind of.
Not sure what to make of this. Just an interesting science experiment, or a devious plot to end civilization as we know it?
YouVersion, referred to at times as “God’s app,” has been downloaded now more than 100 million times. Many preachers now say, “turn in your Bibles or open your apps to …” from the pulpit on Sundays. What do you think of that? Does it matter if one looks at paper or a screen to follow along?
Good question: Can a horror flick lead people to Jesus? I’m not sure. Your thoughts?
Of course, many Christians go into full panic mode at any mention of “magic,” let alone “horror.” And interesting discussion on the topic this week by our friends at the Wartburg Watch.
The folks at Real Clear Religion have come up with a list of the 25 ugliest churches, and guess who is the first one they list? Start singing Big Butter Jesus. And they had so much fun with this first list, they came up with another. And, not to be outdone, here is a list of the 25 ugliest athletes. Have to agree with their number one …
And finally, just how many Anglicans does it take to change a lightbulb?
Birthday cakes were baked this last week in honor of Nelson Doubleday; Natalie Wood; Diana Rigg; Carlos Santana; Ernest Hemingway; Don Knotts; Garry Trudeau; Robin Williams; Rose Kennedy; George Clinton; Don Henley; Don Drysdale; Don Imus; and Mick Jagger.
Let’s mix it up just a bit today, iMonks. Instead of a song by 70 year old Sir Mick, how about a David Letterman Top Ten list? Enjoy.