Oh, what to do? What to do? I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. But I am also preparing for confirmation into the Catholic Church. So who do I have to root for today? I want to pull for the Sooners, but “Sooner” is a term for a law-breaking line jumper. And I like Notre Dame, mostly because so many others don’t. (If you haven’t figured out that I am an unrepentant contrarian by now, where have you been?) Yet they wear those horribly ugly gold helmets. I am open for suggestions, iMonks. Of course, later today I’ll be pulling for The Ohio State Buckeyes to beat Wisconsin like a rented mule. In the meantime, what say we ramble?
Outreach Magazine has released its list of the 100 Largest and the 100 Fastest Growing churches in America. Ed Stetzer notices some trends among these churches, although I’m not so sure that allowing a service aimed at young adults to branch off and become its own congregation can be considered “self-sacrifice.” I think most of these churches would simply see it as a good business move. And make no mistake. These churches are very much businesses. Look over the lists and tell me what you find in common among these churches, or rather what churches you see missing here.
Then there is Faith Street, an app to help you find a church in any of more than 3,000 cities in the U.S. Ok, I thought that might be a helpful thing. Then I read a little further. FaithStreet doesn’t make money unless people give to their local churches. Churches that use FaithStreet encourage attendees to give online, from which FaithStreet takes a cut. Am I the only one who is bothered by this?
Then there is this woman’s moaning and whining, sent to me by Rev. Randy. I don’t even know where to begin with this. Maybe we can start with how she can smell poverty as it has a distinct odor. Or how being poor is keeping you from fulfilling your spiritual assignments. Your turn.
Hats off to this school in Utah for standing up and doing the right thing. Sports are fine, but not at the expense of a greater education.
And a kick in the pants to this school for not doing the right thing. What is wrong with learning about other cultures, including their religions? Thoughts of yours?
A truck driver in Wisconsin has personally paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to put up billboards across his state with Christian messages on them. Two thoughts. I think there are lot worse things motorists could read or see on a billboard than “Jesus died for the sins of the world.” And truck drivers must be paid a lot more than I thought.
It seems it is your fault after all. Climate change, that is. A report shows that humans are the cause of climate change. Next up: Eating onions can give you bad breath.
After decades of decline, the number of American males studying to become Catholic priests is on the rise. There is no known connection, but Billy Graham’s grandson says sex scandals are greater in number among evangelicals than among Catholics.
Finally, Adam Palmer pointed me toward the New Yorker for this list of books and their modern subtitles. Why oh why did I not think of this myself? Ok iMonks, put on your creativity caps and come up with some more. I’ll start us off. The Grapes Of Wrath: Climate Change on the Prairie.
Happy birthday wishes were wished this last week to H.G. Wells; Larry Hagman; Chuck Jones; Stephen King; Bill Murray; Debby Boone; John Coltraine; Leonard Cohen; Ray Charles; Bruce Springsteen; Jim Henson; Shel Silverstein; Will Smith; Jack LaLanne; Marty Robbins; and Pope Paul VI.
I could have chosen just about anyone on this list for our bonus video today. I think even Pope Paul VI did a mean cover of I Walk The Line. But I chose Leonard Cohen because I can. This is one of my favorite among many favorites. Enjoy.