We are able to save ourselves. That’s what Senator Warnock of Georgia posted on Easter morning to Facebook and Twitter. Even after those posts were deleted – no clarification, no retraction, just disappearing posts – I continued to see screenshots of both for several days as people reacted online. During his campaign, Warnock reminded us many times that he served as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, filling the pulpit of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. He may be strong on civil rights but somewhat heretical on theology.
Not a ketchup shortage as much as a ketchup packet shortage. With the increase in drive through and take out there has been high demand for single serve condiment packets. Even restaurants with dine-in service are advised not to have ketchup and mustard bottles, or salt and pepper shakers, on the tables. My very European minded wife would just dip her fries in mayonnaise but this is American and the situation will be that easily resolved for most people. (Europeans were unaffected by the toilet paper shortage as well but that’s a different post for a different day. Also someone else will have to write it.)
Not what it looks like. It looks like an abandoned NASA capsule from the early days of the space program. It is really the mixer from a cement truck that crashed years ago and left behind when they towed the truck as it contains several yards of hardened concrete. It has been painted and repainted by locals over the years but since 2011 has identified as the space capsule of Wiganon, Oklahoma. You can read more here.
Seems legit but I have not tried this myself. I think this is more likely to work than charging your iPhone battery by microwaving for 30 seconds.
I took this pic at a city park/greenway trail in downtown Gainesville, GA. Walking paths and hiking trails are some of my favorite things about this time of year. By the middle of summer you have to make sure to hit them early in the morning before the temp and humidity reach the upper 90’s.
iMonk Radio Podcast #130 was posted on Thursday morning. Apologies again for missing last week; I didn’t even realize that happened. This is a good episode and an excellent entry point for anyone wondering what iMonk is all about.
Let me begin by apologizing for not posting last week. I never realized; my wife mentioned it on Saturday.
Episode #130 is quintessential Michael Spencer. In this episode he talks about the sudden rise in popularity of the Coming Evangelical Collapse posts. The national level of attention of that series of posts received is in large part responsible for the book deal that later followed. The second half of the episode shifts to evangelicalism in the modern American culture. He uses a borrowed term to note the effect Rush Limbaugh had over the course of two decades to define and direct Christian conservatives.
Today is Holy Saturday also known as Black Saturday. The Sabbath was a day of rest, a legal and moral obligation for the Jews. Some Christians believe Jesus was other places doing other things during that period of time; I will not get into whether or not he literally descended into hell and preached to the condemned. Tomorrow is Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday to many although not everyone agrees on that title. If you are in the Calhoun, GA area the Gordon County Christian Ministerial Alliance is having a Sunrise Service at BB&T Park in downtown that begins at 7 AM. We will have prayer, two or three songs everybody knows and a 15 or 20 minute sermon. At 36 degrees I will remind our speaker the shorter the better. Hopefully 2020 taught us not to take so many things for granted, including worshiping together and visiting family.
I recently saw a question online asking if Christians really believe Jesus came back from the dead. It was obvious that the question comes from the point of view that people don’t do that; come back to life that is. Jesus was a man, he died, and it seems unreasonable to think that he came back to life three days later. Maybe he was a wise teacher with many followers, maybe it is not crazy that we study his sermons and emulate his behavior but do we really believe he rose from the dead and appeared again alive to his disciples and others? Fasten your seatbelts.
There have been a lot more basketball games on t.v. this week than usual. #NotGonnaGoogleThis. Welcome to the Satur-deja Vu. You may or may not have seen these headlines this week:
Pepsi + Peeps = Peepsi? Peeps get more hate at Easter than candy corn does at Halloween but that’s not stopping Pepsi from introducing a Peeps flavored variety. While the cans come in three different colors, just like Peeps themselves, the flavor is the same. And from what I’ve heard tastes exactly like the marshmallow Peeps. I will have to take their word for it. Your reviews are welcome in the comments.
Michael talks about spring break and how beautiful the weather is which coincides nicely with what we’re seeing right now (minus the thunderstorms and tornado warnings).
Today’s topics: What did the early Christians not have that we feel we have to have to be Christian?
Finding lost things.
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The term cancel culture may be new to our vocabulary but the idea of silencing voices of those we do not want to hear is ancient. Jeremiah lived around 600 B.C. and was once thrown in a nearly dry well. There was no water but he sank into thick mud and could not free himself. On another occasion he wrote a letter of warning to King Jehoiakim who cut the scroll with a knife, a few lines at a time as it was read, and threw God’s word into the fire. Many of the Old Testament prophets were ignored, mocked, exiled or killed.
During the incarnation Jesus walked the earth robed in flesh. He ate food when he was hungry, drank water when he was thirsty, he experience physical and emotional pain because like us he lived in a body of flesh and blood. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.-Hebrews 4:15
The Internet Monk Archives contain over 7,000 posts from 20 years of Internet Monk. Michael Spencer started blogging around the time of the 2000 election (remember hanging chads?) and continued as the Internet Monk until his passing in 2010. He turned the reigns of the website over to Chaplain Mike Mercer, a kindred spirit he believed to be on the same spiritual journey. Most of you know this story. I met Michael in 2003 but didn’t start blogging myself until after he started the iMonk Radio podcast in 2007.