Welcome to the sweltering edition of Saturday Ramblings. The only place hotter than Tulsa (our fair city), Oklahoma on Wednesday was Saudi Arabia. And when the Rambler’s AC broke on Thursday, well, things in the iMonastery got pretty hot. So along with the heat, what else has been going on this week? Oh, nothing much. So, as they say in Atlanta, let’s Eat Mor Ramblings.
Did you make it out to your local Chick Fil A on Wednesday? Your Rambler did, just for fun. (And for a chicken sandwich and a peach shake.) I even saw the Synonymous Rambler there, enjoying some chicken. The heat didn’t keep the crowd away at the nearby chicken shack, with long lines all day long. Why the crowd? It was the day to show appreciation for a fast food chain standing up for traditional marriage. It was also the day for record profits for same said chain. And yesterday (if you’re keeping score) was the day for same-sex couples to Kiss Mor Freely at their local Chick Fil A restaurant. Having said all that, I can tell you I really enjoyed the peach shake.
One casualty in the Chick Fil A mess (and there are many) could be Billy Graham. I took a lot of heat last week for referring to a letter supposedly written by Graham as a fear-based fundraising letter. Seems I’m not the only one who saw through the words that were over Billy Graham’s name. Yes, I do know a thing or three about how these letters are written. No, I don’t believe Billy Graham wrote a single one of them. Yes, I do believe it was manipulative to get people to give. And no, I never did think Graham was going to leave his home on Wednesday to go to a fast food restaurant for a chicken sandwich. Connecting Graham to the whole gay marriage debate in this way is unkind and unfair to this man of God.
Hobbit fans, rejoice. Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, announced that his forthcoming film version of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit is not going to be a two-parter, but now a three-parter. Do you remember how frustrated you felt after parts one and two of the Lord of the Ring flicks, knowing you had to wait a whole year for the next installment? You’ll get to experience that all over again, starting this December.
The David Green family, founders of Hobby Lobby and Mardel, are purchasing a building in Washington, D.C. to house a Bible museum. Now, I could spend all day and most of the next in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, but this venture sounds promising. Plans are for it to be open sometime in the next couple of years. Would you visit a museum with nothing but Bible exhibits?
Richard Land, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is retiring from his post in 2013, but not “retiring.” Land said, “I believe the ‘culture war’ is a titanic spiritual struggle for our nation’s soul and as a minister of Christ’s Gospel, I have no right to retire from that struggle.” Ho boy …
And finally from this week’s “Really, I can’t make this stuff up” division is the story of a youth pastor who wanted to teach his students what it is like for missionaries in lands where Christians are persecuted. And now he is facing prison time for how he demonstrated this. The charge is kidnapping. And … oh, you’ll just have to read it yourself. I can’t be doing all of the heavy lifting around here.
Celebrity birthdays include the birth of my first granddaughter (to go with two grandsons), Satchel, born to Rebekah and Chris Cypert yesterday morning (and oh is she a keeper!); others not nearly as cute but still celebrating another year include Rudy Vallee; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Mike Bloomfield; Jim Davis; Sally Struthers; Charlie Christian; Peter Jennings; Geddy Lee; Henry Ford; Casey Stengel; Curt Gowdy; Stanley Jordan; Francis Scott Key; Carroll O’Connor; Tony Bennett; Martha Stewart; and Tom Brady.
All In The Family was truly a groundbreaking TV show. I’m not sure the ground that was broken has ever yielded a good crop, but that’s a discussion for another day. For now, let’s celebrate the birthday of Archie and his daughter Gloria with a reminder of those “good old days” of TV gone by. Enjoy.