It has been a rather slow week here at the iMonastery. Chaplain Mike and Mule Chewing Briars baked cookies. The women spent their time complaining practicing for the iMonk flag football team. Me? I kept busy sewing uniforms and cleaning cookie sheets. An abbot’s work is never finished. Now it’s time to relax with a nice, heaping pile of Saturday Ramblings.
T. M. Lurhmann traveled all the way to Africa to discover why speaking in tongues is so important to some. She came away with the insight that you can fake glossolalia by saying “I should have bought a Hyundai” ten times fast. Go ahead, try it.
Meanwhile, Baptists are greeting Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. by teaching them how to be Baptists. It’s an interesting article, but I need your help. Just what does this line mean? “A new believer who comes out of a Catholic background needs to understand that salvation is a spiritual experience” and not the result of adherence to the sacraments. Sacraments aren’t a spiritual experience? Just what is a spiritual experience anyway?
Remember last week when Baptist Russell Moore wrote about transgender issues? Many of you took issue with his understanding of “transgender.” Jonathan Merritt agrees with you. It’s complicated.
As St. Paul Harvey would say, it’s not one world. Christians in Egypt are running out of food in their homes because they are afraid to go out of their homes. And when they do, the stores they would shop in are closed. It’s not one world.
You answer your phone and on the other end is Francis. As in Pope Francis. And he tells you to talk with him like you would any of your friends, saying that the apostles spoke with Jesus in a familiar way. And you think, “I really really really like this guy!”
So your son is gay, and you refuse to speak against him. Your church a) applauds your compassion, b) encourages you in your difficult situation, or c) kicks you out. Oh, your church is in Tennessee, if you needed the extra hint.
What do we expect when the most honored Christians in our country make duck calls and look like Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top? Seriously, are you going to start your day with the Duck Commander Devotional?
It happened at my alma mater. What better way to start off a school year than to watch a bald eagle attempt suicide? I’m not sure this bodes well for the Golden Eagles’ basketball team this year …
Someday I am going to try to make something up. But with stories like this, I am going to have to work really hard. The Synonymous Rambler pointed this out to me. Cloning John Lennon from his molar. Really. You can go to this guy’s website he set up, but this person is really messed up. Making cloning John Lennon from a rotten tooth your life’s work? Sigh … (But, like bugs drawn to a light, you now will not be able to resist going to the site, will you?)
Happy birthday wishes were wished last week to Mae West; Maureen O’Hara; Robert DeNiro; Sean Penn; Rosalyn Carter; Ogden Nash; Ginger Baker; Isaac Hayes; Robert Plant; John Hiatt; Amy Adams; Wilt Chamberlain; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Ray Bradbury; Galen Rowell; Keith Moon; and Kobe Bryant.
Why not a double feature bonus video today? Why not indeed. Robert Plant and Alison Kraus? Of course. And then there is the superb songwriter John Hiatt bemoaning those entertainers who smash their guitars on stage. Enjoy.