Archive for June 28, 2008

Earlier this morning, I was reading and praying about that very thing. In case you’re wondering:

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

(I Corinthians 9:19-23)

Now while this is a portion in scripture that ALL Christians need to take more seriously, I bring this up for a giggle. I had to stop my meditation because I began laughing out loud thinking about an entirely new definition of Jesus being all things to all people. That includes anyone’s interpretation of him as well. Enjoy this pontification and exhortation from the noted scholar, “Ricky Bobby”.

See, some of you Wall Watchers are giggling already. Enjoy your weekend!

Pope Hillary I? Huh?

Posted: June 28, 2008 in Denominational Fun, IJS, Politics

I fancy myself as a wordsmith. I chose these little descriptors carefully to describe what I am discussing. As should we all.

You know, I don’t call athletes, HEROES. That description is reserved for those brave men and women that have served our country, or others saving lives (i.e. firefighters, police officers). Just because you can run through a punishing front line doesn’t make you heroic, it just makes you worth the millions of dollars you get paid. I love to cook, but I don’t say “This meal is to DIE FOR.” That exclamation is reserved for your country and family.

Anyone feel me out there?

That said, former DNC (Democratic National Convention) chairman Terry McAuliffe rather thinks outrageous, inane and jeering hyperboles are fashionable. I mean as in, “Satan, may I please have a glass of water” statements. You see this ridiculous story?

He said, “She [Clinton] will have a bright future despite having to end her presidential bid no matter what she does. If she wants to become pope, it doesn’t matter.”

Seriously?! MEMO to this tool with no grasp of reality or knowing the limits of someone’s abilities: If you thought conservative America ate her up during the primaries, wait until the closet rednecks of Roman Catholicism get a hold of her.

Move over B16, heeeeeeeeeere’s Hilary. This is a church that has a slight issue with women in the pulpit, and McCatholic here wants to put his boss, er… friend in the Holy See. As if foreign relations weren’t that tense already. I know the Pontiff will not be sending out a statement on this, but if he did, it would probably begin with, “Oy Vey!”

P.S. Before you ask, Yes. HiScrivener already knows about the highly contested Pope Joan, but I’m sure that will coming to the big screen any day now.

Most churches open the altar for those that need prayer. And other churches have revival meetings where the altar is open for healing.

Regardless of your personal ethos about the “laying on of hands” and “faith healings,” it is a viable practice and brought up in scripture many times (even though one can be healed by the Word of God alone – note Matthew 8:8).

That said, if you are an evangelist, a pastor or preacher, for the love of God (and to not counteract the prayer of healing that you are petitioning God), get catchers who can lift more than a remote control while sitting on the couch!

You read this story from The Smoking Gun about a lawsuit that may have Benny Hinn scouring for couches or inflatable beds at the altar?

A 58-year old man goes to a revival meeting, looking for healing and walks out with what is now a $2.5 million lawsuit. Why? No one ‘caught’ him after being prayer over. PROTOCOL, anyone?!

The idea of the Spirit overwhelming someone is that they may not be able to stand. So instead of taking care of God’s people, these catchers would rather sit down and watch God working on the big screen in the church. Nice.

[58 year-old, Matthew] Lincoln alleges that Lakewind and its pastors were “negligent in not supervising the catchers to be sure that they stood behind the person being prayed for…should they have a dizzying, fainting, or falling in the spirit as had occurred on many occasions before.”

Now, personally? I believe in prayer, faith healing and laying hands (not necessarily the theatrics of others you may be thinking). However, if this happened to me, I would lose my religion with the quickness, get up and begin looking for the cat that lost his grip with me. Well, if the catchers and that pastor didn’t feel the dizziness during the prayer service, they will when they get this bill. Ouch!

Amazing how certain stories never get mentioned by a certain [COUGH… biased… ultra liberal media… slanted… COUGH] audience. Nonetheless, it’s Wall worthy because something as brazen as Al Sharpton’s comment gets swept under the rug and over everyone’s numb conscience on the issue.

Did you see catch this talk on the tube concerning Al (shouldn’t be called Rev. any longer because the last cloth he saw wasn’t around his neck, but rather used a wiping device) Sharpton, the respected and noted Roland Martin and Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins? If not, click, enjoy and carry on the post:

  1. First and foremost, yes ladies, Anderson is gay. Rumors floated back when he was host of ABC’s “The Mole” (anyone?). Then, Cooper was the subject of a much discussed Out magazine cover last year that named the news anchor and Jodie Foster among the 50 most powerful gay men and women in America. Not such a stunner, but his mom would be proud because those Gloria Vanderbilt jeans are probably still in his closet (Oh come on. We’re just funnin’, no?)
  2. Al, your work in the 60s and on into today for blacks everywhere has been noted, welcomed, appreciated and honored. And I thank you. But after two failed presidential bids, get the picture. Either go back to the pulpit or continue your travesty of a political career. You sir, are not someone that can pat your head and rub your tummy simultaneously.
  3. Kudos to Al for having the chutzpah to bring that up in the first place. You catch that nervous laughter from the cameramen and producers off-screen? Nice.
  4. What about Tony Perkins’ comment? “I would rather keep him from going [to hell].” Good for you, Tony. But um, you weren’t there for relief because the dire southern wind – known as Al – had the floor.
  5. And there’s Anderson’s quip. “I am personally not that concerned about [the afterlife and my position in it].” Unlike some folk in America, I like Anderson’s broadcast. Although he has writers, some of those questions are original and poignant. I’ve seen the guy in action, and he is serious about news. However, MEMO to Anderson Cooper 360: Unless you do a 180 into a prayer for salvation, you will be MUCH MORE concerned about hell than you think.