Archive for July 26, 2008

MEMO to the Obamarama Campaign: You may have officially peaked!

After eight tumultuous years of economic instability, human loss in a controversial war and ample segments on late night talk shows, this entire nation is in store for “change”.

Regardless of political affiliation, a fresh face with more than yellow teeth behind a presidential smile is a welcomed site.

That’s why even though John McCain lapped his competition and took the presumptive republican nomination in record time, this country was still enraptured with Barack Obama.

Can you blame them? This is history and the media have made this election about “his story.” So now that we all know about the man behind the unfortunate name, we are learning enough about him to take that story back to the library.

His numbers are sliding (although still ahead of Johnny “I’m not sure about the Church” McCain). His reputation is now shaking. And the Church is now grimacing.

So, for a COMPLETE HOAX, SHAM and UTTER PR STUNT, Barack Obama dawns a Yamika and visits the Wailing Wall.

THE WAILING WALL. One of the holiest, take-your-shoes-off type places on the planet! Puh-lease! This is a CANDIDATE making a foreign relations goodwill tour. Huh?

Can anyone repeat after HiScrivener, “P-H-O-T-O O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y.”

This guy does not have the best track record when discussing the Holy Land. Then, this cat with a MUSLIM name (and I know he does not hold that theological point of view) gets nice with the most sacred Jewish ritual?! Seriously?! And no one thought this wouldn’t backfire.

It did.

The video is below, but you can hear a heckler clearly voice the opinion of many in attendance, “Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale!” Ouch. What’s worse? Someone actually REMOVED his prayer from the Wall and gave it to the press?! That’s doomsday material there in Judaism. Think the Orthodox Jews care? Nah, not when YHWH is there. Besides, they hear they are the chosen people and got a little spunky.

Here it is, as posted in Ma’ariv:

Lord – Protect my family and me. Forgive my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.

This is a man of eloquence, wit and candor. And that’s the best he’s got?! Well, it’s not surprising seeing how he’s not the best when it comes to church attendance. And for those that think he wrote this, I got a brick to sell you from the Wailing Wall itself.

So, I hope you enjoyed the trip, Barack Obama. That sound you hear could be the tick-tock on your Rolex about to hit midnight.

The July 4 weekend had some terrible news for Gospel lovers with news of Rev. Timothy Wright in a tragic car crash that took the life of his wife and grandson.

A few days later, we hear the “Godfather of Gospel” is yet holdin’ on.

Today’s news story from the AP doesn’t make those in earnest prayer for the music legend feel much better, but it’s something.

Family members say the Rev. Timothy Wright is conscious and alert but still on a respirator at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

However, the most harrowing news is this:

Relatives say they told the 61-year-old clergyman about his wife’s death on Monday.

He just found out. Her homegoing was last week, and he couldn’t even go.

Wall watchers, if Gospel isn’t your fancy, then pray. A man that has helped bless millions deserves that. If you know who he is, here is Rev. Wright’s MySpace page. Visit and support.

Two numbers said in the same sentence conjures up many horrific and unbelievable memories, “9-11”.

I have mine and I’m certain you have your answer to what will become an age-old question, “Where were you on that fateful day?”

For the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, it was there. No, I mean, really there – on Ground Zero. As of now, it will be rebuilt three blocks down the road, according to this story from the AP.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s board was to consider a complicated land deal with the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at a board meeting Thursday. The leaders of the 300-member congregation have been negotiating with the Port Authority for years over a price for the site where the church stood before the trade center’s south tower collapsed onto it on Sept. 11, 2001.

So, for 300 members in a small rites-of-passage sanctuary, they will have the opportunity to rebuild for… [COUGH] $20 MILLION! Imagine how many frescoes, altars and metric tons of that pungent, olfactory-numbing incense that’ll buy?

You know the adage, “Time heals all wounds”? Well, with $20 million, that kind of cash would snuff out some scabs as well. Kudos to “St. Nick” for a real Christmas in July.

Meet spare professional tennis player, Ashley Harkleroad, to find out.

Evidently, her game blows and she is tired of… well, pick your favorite woman’s tennis player and put her name here because I’m drawing a blank… getting all the news and decided to make headlines another way.

That’s right, sports fans. She posed in Playboy.

So, why is it on the Wall and not some mechanic’s bathroom stall?

Because she was adamant about showing off AN ICHTHUS ON HER NAVEL IN THE SHOT. Click on the link and answer God’s memo.

Lady, Christians are FAR – almost circumnavigate the globe – from perfect. Regretfully, we all have issues, but you don’t see the hypocrisy here?

Listen, here’s a quick history lesson for you: the word “Fornication” is something the Church knows way too much about because it usually leads to much more. However, the word in Greek is something you know way too much about, “porneo” – a derivative of many sleazy, dirty old men that will learn to appreciate the aforementioned tattoo more than you care to know… er, the word “pornography”.

So, your quote really doesn’t inspire many little girls wearing the promise rings they got in youth group:

“I still believe in God, but God made female athletes beautiful and sexy, and I want to represent that.”

Then how about winning a match or a Grand Slam, get the trophy and thank God… and look good doing it?! Just a thought.

3-8 from the original Codex

This is Esther 2:3-8 from the original Codex

So, ‘fess up. What are you thinking? Gender-free Bible? A text that removes any reference to sin? Maybe a Good Book that has no bad news? Although those feeble efforts have been attempted in print, the reference is about the Granddaddy of them all – literally.

For bibliophiles, theologians and folk that just thinks old stuff is cool, the British Library proudly presents the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th century text handwritten in Greek, on its Web site. (OK… “P.C.”? Computer, not politics? Get it? Thanks. Tip your waiters and try the veal).

So, what’s it doing in England? According to the story (and some serious payments at Seminary I’m still dealing with):

The complete text once was housed at the Monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, before it came to the attention of a German scholar, Constantine Tischendorf, in the 19th century. He took parts of it to Germany and Russia. The British Library later bought several hundred pages from the Russians [where it has been since 1933].

This codex contains portions of the original Septuagint, a complete New Testament and some of the highly volatile and controversial (or hallowed and cherished, depending on what of the Vatican you fall) books of the Apocrypha.

Now, without getting in too deep about its trendsetting uncial and four-column form, creating the inception of the codex (yes, this is what you thank for books the way you read them today) and the iconic Alexandrian text-type… let’s see, how do I say this outside of seminary that doesn’t sound like a professor talking… hmmm, oh yeah… this is AWESOME!

The Codex’s parchment, which is probably made of cow hide, is arranged in booklets called quirers, which were numbered in sequence. We’re talking state-of-the-art circa 4 B.C.E., folks. But now to have it online is wonderful. There is something to be venerated about the history of God’s Word, not just its inspiration in the Holy Spirit and voice of the Lord.

Now going online at CodexSinaiticus.org, the Church can browse full sections of this original Bible and learn the etymology of the now famed idiom for people who can’t read or comprehend English, “It’s all Greek to me!” (Man, someone stop me. I’m on fire.