Greetings, iMonks. Do you all have your new iPhones yet? Of course you need to upgrade. Your life is incomplete—nay, it can barely even be called living—should you not have the latest iPhone the day it comes out. What does the new one do that the old one doesn’t? Well, for one, it can tell if you are really you by reading your fingerprint. And it will teach you a new language before lunch. And it will bring peace to the Middle East. All with the white of an egg. See why you must must must get the new iPhone? But before you head out to your local iFruit store, what say we ramble?
Pope Francis granted an interview this week to Antonio Spadaro of America Magazine. And while if you really read the interview you can’t help but come away saying, “This man has a great heart for the Good News,” many are upset the pope said we shouldn’t focus on abortion and homosexuality. Because, you know, Jesus spent so much time talking about abortion and homosexuality. Oh, wait …
If you want a good summary of the interview, Christianity Today provides this for you. I would like to hear from Protestants especially: What do you make of this pope and his message?
A Methodist church in Nashville put up a sign that read, “Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine.” Guess what that did not refer to? Guess what most people still thought it referred to? Discuss.
The number of unpaid ministers in mainline denominations is on the rise. It is the only thing keeping some churches going. How unAmerican. Survival of the fittest and all that. Don’t these people know that you can’t be a good pastor if you don’t get paid?
What is not on the rise in Baptist churches? Support for the Boy Scouts. But don’t worry. There is now a new Baptist version of Boy Scouts for those who aren’t gay. It’s called Trail Life. Really. Sigh … Do you think it would do any good to have the Baptists read the interview with Pope Francis? Neither do I.
Please check to see if they are lacing up ice skates in Hades. Moody Bible Institute has dropped their ban of alcohol and tobacco for employees. The explanation actually is very good. Here is to Moody for doing the right thing. Your thoughts?
As of this writing (Friday night), Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, was missing from his Atlanta home. His family was very concerned as Blackaby did not have his diabetes medicine with him. Hopefully by the time you read this, he has been found to be safe.
Finally, wow. Just wow. These pictures really are worth several thousand words.
Happy birthday this last week to our founder Michael Spencer; Robert McCloskey; Walter Koenig; Agatha Christie; Tommy Lee Jones; B.B. King; Peter Falk; Hank Williams; Bud Greenspan; Kerry Livgren; Adam West; and Sophia Loren.
Eighty eight years young and still touring full time. B.B. King just does not let up. Considered one of the top guitarists of all time, here he is sitting in with a young Stevie Ray Vaughn. Enjoy.