Welcome to the Opening Ceremonies version of Saturday Ramblings. Sorry, we don’t have Mary Poppins or Mr. Bean, but, well, I have been to England. Does that count? And I like British humor. I know what bangers and mash are, but still haven’t figured out why I would want to eat anything called “blood pudding.” (Yes, I tried some. No, it is not edible in any fashion. But it was on the breakfast buffet. But then, so were baked beans.) So, in honor of friendship and sports and endless Budweiser commercials, let’s join hands across the sea and ramble.
If you’re going to the games, or just wanting to see a bit of the Old Country, and plan to stay at the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake District of England, you’ll want to bring your own Bible. If you reach into the nightstand for the trusty Gideon, you’ll be in for a rude surprise. Very, very rude.
In yet another attempt to separate Christians from the rest of the world, the latest list of the “best Christian places to work” is out. Tell me, if you have worked in both a fully-Christian environment and in the general marketplace, where have you experienced better treatment? Is there a great advantage (or disadvantage) to working in a Christian job?
Not sure how you would categorize Chick Fil A. Are they a Christian company, or just the makers of the best chicken sandwiches around? All of its stores are closed on Sundays. Its founder, Truett Cathy and his family who work for the fast-food chain are Christians. Dan Cathy, president of the restaurant chain, recently said his company backs “traditional marriage.” Now they are taking heat from such as the mayor of Chicago and the Muppets. Author Jonathan Merritt came out in support for Chick Fil A until—oops!—he was forced to come out this week himself. But Billy Graham—yes, that Billy Graham—says he supports his friends the Cathys and will go get a chicken sandwich this Wednesday on Chick Fil A Appreciation Day. Graham said, “As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’.” Sounds like Billy needs a good lie-down.
Billy Graham released a letter to his followers decrying the downfall of America. Most of it is typical fundraising fear language, but look at what he says he is working on these days. Eternal salvation? Really? Where do you see him going with this? Could it be he is taking on a former Grand Rapids pastor who says in the end, love wins?
A lawmaker made news recently when he ripped up and threw away a copy of the New Testament. Well, it seems the lawmaker is a member of Israel’s National Union Party, and the NT was given to lawmakers by the Bible Society of Israel. Perhaps not the best way to win friends and gain influence …
Sports and religion mingled this week, and it cost the head of the Orthodox Church in America his job. Metropolitan Jonah allegedly covered up a rape committed by one of the Church’s priests. Citing what happened at Penn State, the Church’s board said such an action was opening the Church up to legal action. Anyone care about the victim? Just asking …
Want to be an ordained minister, but just don’t have time or the interest in years of study? Not a problem. Now there’s an app for that. You had to know that was coming.
If you want to take religion more seriously, maybe you need to clown around like these, uh, clowns did in Mexico.
Finally, not everyone in Oklahoma is, well, as creative as this woman who found a new way to beat the summer swelter. Oh how I wish I had made this up, but I didn’t. And how I wish this had happened in, oh, Nebraska. But it didn’t. My only consolation is she is from Oklahoma City, not Tulsa.
Happy hippy-dippy birthdays were celebrated this week by Ernest Hemingway; Isaac Stern; Don Knotts; Janet Reno; Cat Stevens; Garry Trudeau; Robin Williams; Dan Rowan; George Clinton; Alex Trebek; Danny Glover; Don Henley; Pee Wee Reese; Don Drysdale; Don Imus; Woody Harrelson; Slash; Amelia Earhart; Ruth Buzzi; Lynda Carter; Gracie Allen; Vivian Vance; Jean Shepherd; Mick Jagger; Derek Jeter; and Bugs Bunny.
This one was easy. Mick may be the greatest entertainer of the last hundred years. But the White House? That breeze you feel is Dolly Madison rotating in her grave. Enjoy.