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The Big News this week has been the debate on military intervention in Syria. Fr. Ernesto wrote a great piece on this for us yesterday, and Daniel Jepsen also wrote a reasoned response on his blog. Religion News Service’s Jonathan Merritt offers three viewpoints on the Syrian situation. For a historical perspective, I recommend Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. This gives a good overview of how today’s Middle East came to be. For a history book, it is a real page-turner.
Meanwhile, supporters of the former Egyptian president are making life very difficult for Christians in one town in Egypt. Let’s include them in our prayers today, shall we?
Rosh Hashanah ended at sundown last night, just in case you missed it. The president of Iran tweeted a greeting to “all Jews” wishing them a happy New Year. Or maybe he didn’t. And even if he did, he may not have meant it. Ok …
Yoga is back in the news. The question before you is this: Should yoga be banned from public schools because it has religious qualities about it? Discuss.
Taking away yoga is one thing. Now there are those who question whether Christians should distance themselves from football because of its inherent violence. This person obviously is not from the south.
The winner of tonight’s game between the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Yellow Weasels of Michigan will hold the title of all-time winningest college football team. Now that I am on the road to becoming a Catholic, I guess I am under a holy obligation to root for Notre Dame, right? (Martha, can you weight in on this?) I would never root for Michigan anyway … it’s against my religion.
I don’t do Facebook and I don’t do Twitter, which probably means I’m missing out on life as we know it today. It certainly means I’m not managing my “personal brand” as this article sent to me by Adam Palmer points out. As he wrote to me, “Check out this piece from the New Yorker on ‘personal branding’ and tell me they aren’t describing the predicament of the modern evangelical church experience. How many people will go to church this Sunday as a means of ‘managing their brand’?” Your thoughts?
Former Crystal Cathedral pastor Robert Schuller has been diagnosed with cancer.
Seems a church in North Carolina needed greeters for its 9 a.m. service on Sundays. So the pastor sent out an email asking for volunteers. White volunteers only. The pastor is black. Mayhem ensued. Sigh …
My favorite author, the writer who changed my life more than any other, died on Thursday. Robert Capon wrote on the topic of grace and God’s forgiveness in scandalous ways. We will hear from Fr. Capon in tomorrow’s homily. Until then, here are some of his final tweets.
Birthdays were celebrated this week by Arthur Godfrey; Daniel Schorr; Buddy Hackett; James Coburn; Frank Robinson; Van Morrison; Lily Tomlin; Terry Bradshaw; Alan Ladd; Freddie King; Charlie Sheen; St. Paul Harvey; Bob Newhart; Dweezil Zappa; Roger Waters; and Jeff Foxworthy.
Yes, of course we will have a Van Morrison bonus video. I would be tarred and feathered if I didn’t post that. But first I want you to watch this incredible three minute video showing the exploits of some engineering students from Purdue. Enjoy … and enjoy.