Volume 15, Issue 6: Cave of Adullam
Mutterings on the Regnant Follies
A thoughtful correspondent sent in a full page ad that had run, for inscrutable reasons, in USA Weekend. A short note was included, which said, appropriately enough,
Good thing I wasnít eating breakfast when I saw this or I would have shot Rice Krispies out my nose. The ad in question carries the banner headline
On the Front Lines of Freedom. Right underneath that is a small fuzzy bear (actual size, 4 and quarter inches tall) in camo gear, helmet, and automatic rifle slung at the ready. Said bear is standing behind a small pile of small sandbags. This
Salute to Americaís Military Heroes is part of the line called Faithful Fuzzies.
For a comment, it is hard to improve on theirs:
Just one look at this handsome bearís boundless courage and fierce commitment to his country, and your heart will fill with pride.
Not Supposed to Point That Out
A high school teacher in Berkely, CA, was arrested for moonlighting on the side as a prositute. Because nothing much surprises us anymore, we were not surprised. But her feminist defense of said activity, as comparing favorably with the activities of Martin Luther King, Jr., did cause some eyebrow arching.
Because the moonlight activities of MLKjr didnít officially happen. And if they did, they arenít to be mentioned. Besides, you got a problem?
Making It Hard to Go to Hell in Tulsa
There is a
Church on the Move in Tulsa, as you may have heard. In an effort to get 3,000 kids attending on Wednesday nights alone, they are moving into a new 6 million dollar facility, which will include an Internet and oxygen cafe, water bar, billiards, and state-of-the-art auditorium. Coming soon (within nine months, just like a baby) you can also expect to find a skateboard park, miniature golf course, swimming pool, and go-carts.
And if everything goes well, they might be able to add a dirt bike track, a quilting shop, a Krispy Kreme outlet, and a meth lab.
The Culture Ministry of France has announced a ban on the use of
e-mail in all public ministries, documents, web site publications, and so on. The ministry is fighting a rear guard action against the intrusion of English terms in to the French lexicon. Instead of e-mail, the approved term is courriel.
Yeah, but whatís the term for
spam? Ban that.
In Forest, Ohio, a visiting evangelist was preaching away at First Baptist Church, and in the course of his ministrations, he was seeking a sign from God. At this time, lightning struck the steeple. The lightning traveled through the microphone, blew out the sound system, and, shall we say, enveloped the preacher, who was not hurt. As one congregant put it,
awesome, just awesome. The service then resumed after the incident, and continued on for another twenty minutes or thereabouts, until the congregation realized the church was on fire.
Now if we could only arrange for a similar sign in Tulsa.
A virtual congregation of at least 500 cybersouls recently logged on to an online broadcast of a church service. The Rev. Ian Bain used broadband technology from St. Philip and St. Jamesí church in Bath, England, and attracted over 500 people from around the worldAustralia, Uganda, Hong Kongin addition to the 170 lumps of intrusive flesh that were actually in the sanctuary.
The koinonia of the Eucharist is just a click away.
Downhill, and Picking Up Speed
Thomas Nelson has released an edition of the New Testament decked out to look like a Cosmo type of magazine for teen girls. Called Revolve, it has three bronzed pretty girls on the cover, with article and section titles like
Guys Speak Out on Tons of Important Issues, and
Love Notes from God. Another is
Beauty Secrets Youíve Never Heard Before.
Like, Paul, okay, we heard you teach tons of cool stuff!
In a recent message, the pope committed the care of Europe to the Virgin Mary. He thoughtfully placed Europe in Maryís hands so that it will
become a symphony of nations committed to building together the civilization of love and peace.
Some of us are having a hard enough time with Europe as it is.