Can it be? Is it really the last Saturday in August? Where has the year gone? I was in a store this week where I saw—really, I am not making this up—Christmas decorations. And we’re not even out of hurricane season yet. Sigh … I say it’s not truly the Christmas season until the first quart of egg nog is spotted. (And who would want to drink spotted egg nog, anyway?) Any guesses as to why the snazzy new picture gracing this column? That’s right: It’s a Nash Rambler, our new mascot here on Saturday mornings. Now, if you are all buckled in, it’s time to ramble.
We are offering some very nice leather Bibles as a way of helping to fund the expenses here at the iMonastery. I only have a few of these, so don’t hesitate. You can get one by using the Donate button on the right—next to the Rambler. Here is what we have:
Cambridge NIV Wide Margine Bible. Black French Morocco leather. Dual column text, but wide margins perfect for taking notes. These are no longer made and are going for more than $400 on Amazon. I have one and love it. Suggested donation: $150 (One available)
Cambridge NIV Pitt Minion Bible. Burgandy goatskin leather. Smaller Bible, great for carrying with you everyday or when you travel. Soft leather. Wonderful Bible. Suggested donation: $100 (Two available)
Cambridge NIV Pitt Minion Bible. Black French Morocco leather. Same as above, but with the slightly stiffer French Morocco. Suggested donation: $75. (Two available)
Email me with any questions you might have.
Adam Palmer is back from hugging America. I have yet to hear all of his tales, most of which I assume will be true, but AP did send me this story about—look, I couldn’t make this up if I tried—a new Bible quiz show hosted by America’s favorite redneck, Jeff Foxworthy. Maybe if you get one of the Bibles listed above and you become a contestant … nah … iMonks are too smart to go on a quiz show. By the way, you might be a redneck if your wife’s hairdo was ever ruined by a ceiling fan.
One person who presumably now would have time to be on the quiz show is Todd Bentley. The evangelist who has been known to punch people who are seeking healing (he calls it “laying on of hands”) was to conduct a series of meetings in the UK, Wales and Northern Ireland. As proof that Great Britain really is smarter than the U.S., Bentley has been banned from holding meetings in those countries.
You want fries with your sermon? Franchise churches, otherwise known as multi-site churches, have grown to more than 5,000 in the U.S. Celebrity preachers get lots of face time and very little weekly responsibility doing the boring stuff like hospital visits and praying with those who are hurting. You might be able to guess my thoughts on McChurches. What are yours?
Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church was to host its second forum featuring the two major party presidential candidates, but it was announced this week Warren was canceling the event because he shocked—shocked, mind you—that both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were conducting negative campaigns. At least that’s what Warren says. But the two campaigns say neither one really had any interest in the forum. Somebody, it seems, is fibbing just a little bit.
Does anyone listen to anything Pat Robertson has to say any more? If so, why? This really is just wrong. Yes, I know he later tried to retract what he said. Too late. Damage done. Again.
Counter that with this story. Really good stuff. I have been reading Doc for years, and he has talked about “J the M” forever. A proud papa indeed.
Oops. If you don’t get anything out of today’s Ramblings, get this: Don’t let little old ladies in your church try to restore priceless artwork. Not a good idea.
Finally, a sad goodbye to Calvin Miller, author of, among other things, The Singer. I met him once at a conference—actually on a street corner outside of the convention center. Many years later at another book conference he saw me and remembered me from that brief, chance meeting. And I will never forget him or his kindness.
Birthdays were celebrated this last week by Max Factor, Jr.; Rosalyn Carter; Robert Redford; Ogden Nash; Ginger Baker; Bill Clinton; Isaac Hayes; Robert Plant; Connie Chung; John Hiatt; Amy Adams; Count Basie; Jack Buck; Wilt Chamberlain; Kenny Rogers; Harry Smith; Joe Strummer; Henri Cartier-Bresson; John Lee Hooker; Ray Bradbury; Gene Kelly; Tex Williams; Barbara Eden; Keith Moon; Kobe Bryant; Carl Radle; and Cal Ripkin, Jr.
So, who was the better drummer, Ginger Baker or Keith Moon? Remember, Animal from the Muppets was modeled after one of these men. Bonus question: Name the band Ginger Baker is playing with. Bonus question number two: Why are the boys up and dancing to Keith Moon’s solo, while the girls are sitting there looking bored? Enjoy.