Archive for February, 2009

Lent is among us… and for the orthodox Catholic Christians in the house, it will get on them in the form of Ash Wednesday.

In case you don’t know, or don’t work with any liturgical Catholics and ask them, “Dude, what’s up with your forehead,” this hallowed day is the first day of Lent.

Basically, it gets their mind right with the fasting (of whatever) has to occur until Easter. It’s about the simple things, the human things, the Godly things. However, according to the Washington Post, D.C. Bishops are getting all techie with it on this sacrosanct celebration.

In preparation for the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, the Washington Archdiocese is launching a campaign that will use new technologies such as YouTube as well as old-fashioned printed invitations to try to draw lapsed Catholics back to church. The archdiocese has an estimated 580,000 Catholics, according to spokeswoman Susan Gibbs, but only about one-quarter attend Mass every Sunday. The $75,000 marketing blitz, with the slogan “Longing for something? Maybe it’s God?” is designed to increase that percentage.

ash-wednesdayYeah, because nothing quite says, “Come back to Jesus” like “Put some of this soot on your forehead, you big fat sinner.”

But you know, I actually applaud this effort. At least they aren’t doing another bake sale or community theater to get folk walking in the door. There are many, many people who used to warm a pew who are, you know, living in the real world. So they are divorced, shacking up or whatever else keeps them out of the sanctuary and in the bars.

Good thing the Bishops in D.C. recognize excommunicated doesn’t mean dead. Not taking a Eucharist doesn’t mean… well, Satanic.

“We wanted people to be able to ask questions,” [Archdiocese spokeswoman Susan] Gibbs said. “Sometimes they’re not ready to walk in a church door . . . or they might be embarrassed to ask a question, or they might be worried that they won’t be welcome. People who are divorced believe that they might not be welcome, and that’s not true. . . . We wanted to give people a way to . . . get in a dialogue about their faith.”

Dialogue is grand, as long as you don’t ask them about what kept them out of church or the confessional. Otherwise, that will become a monologue with the quickness. Which, by the way, makes sense since that is what most Catholics I know consider prayer to be in the first place.

MEMO to the frozen chosen: Jesus can talk back. Just listen carefully during mass. No, not to that cat with cold hands placing the sign of the cross on your forehead. But rather, when you are trying to rock it old school, chanting…

Memento homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris (Genesis 3:19 for those of you scoring at home).

…to take note you are not dust yet. Nor is the God you serve. Enjoy the day, and um, use soap.

Thanks to some well-laid masonry by “Another Brick in the Wall,” A Little Leaven, we have a fine clip of heresy on this week’s video evangelism.

So, there’s this mega-conference. You know the ones, bring in all the big wig preachers to blather on a particular subject, attract all underling pastor who, when they get all growed up, can be just like them.

Well, the paternal dunderhead at the Exponential ’09 conference is some tool named Gary Lamb, who seems he doesn’t know the first thing of the lamb, nor how he acted on this planet.

As a matter of fact, Gary is so out-of-sorts with Jesus (yet, he is this hired gun pastor) that he thinks a surefire way to lead some woman down The Romans Road,” and bombinate about soul-winning is that – and this is a direct quote – one of his biggest regrets is that he didn’t club a church lady with a baseball bat, punch her husband in the face and set fire to the church organ.

Don’t believe me? Watch why this utter charlatan doesn’t belong in this conference, much less any church. Enjoy.

A while back, the board at Oral Roberts University got together, booted out Richard Roberts and his cougar wife and brought in a pro to correct the ills brought against it.

What the entry to the prayer tower used to say

What the entry to the prayer tower used to say

Looks like Dr. Mark Rutland is bringing the shine back to Oral Roberts University, as noted in the Tulsa World.

The long tradition of prayer at Oral Roberts University will enter a new era Saturday with the rededication of the prayer room in the prayer tower at the center of campus.

It should be rededicated, and resanitized. Isn’t that where Oral Roberts isolated himself until God brought in $8 million? And who knows, maybe that’s where Richard hid all the college’s cash… and Lindsay hid the co-eds she texted during study hall.

But now, the hallowed and infamous prayer tower has been renovated and reinvigorated:

“We wanted to create a sacred space on the ORU campus,” said Clarence V. Boyd, Jr., dean of student development – campus ministries, “a quiet place where people can go to seek the Lord on an individual basis.”

I have plenty o’friends who attend ORU, and survived the Richard Roberts regime of slime.

I’m thrilled to say Mark Rutland is already making a difference. And bringing this school back to the basics – and back to its roots – is one giant step in the right direction.

Let’s say you have an encyclopedia called, “The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.”

censorshipAnd if you were a publisher, give them a hybrid bozo name like Wiley-Blackwell, you would create a nice forward to this Christian-focused book series that extols Jesus, Christianity and the divine providence of God. Well, you would, right?

Well, imagine my chagrin believing this hypothetical when I read this story from the Christian Post and read the line:

Wiley-Blackwell, a major academic publisher, is recalling copies of Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization and scrapping the print run after critics said the entries were “too Christian” and “too anti-Muslim.”

I’m sorry? You are writing a book focused on Christianity, and you get accused by the dreaded PC police for being “too Christian.” And what’s worse, this spineless jellyfish publisher is actually pulling their CHRISTIAN books off the shelves to comply.

That’s it, Wall Watchers. I’m done. Going home. Checking out. I quit.

“They determined that the introduction and many of the entries were ‘too Christian, too orthodox, too anti-secular and too anti-Muslim and not politically correct enough for being used in universities,” said the encyclopedia’s editor, George Thomas Kurian, sounding angry in an e-mail sent last week to nearly 400 contributors.

OK, about that. You can’t “sound angry” in an e-mail. What, the dude sent it in all caps with mad face emoticons? And here is what Big Brother wants taken out of a Christian Encyclopedia. Wait for it…

Now, the book’s publisher and editorial director want to “de-christianize” all 1,450 entries in the encyclopedia to make it politically correct before it can be reprinted, according to Kurian. He also claimed the press is looking to delete words including, “Antichrist,” “Enemy,” “Beloved Disciple,” “Gates of Hell,” “Witness,” “Virgin Birth,” “Resurrection,” “Evangelism” and any reference with an “evangelical tone.” BC and AD, chronological markers for “Before Christ” and “Anno Domini,” will also likely to dropped.

aclu-vs-godYou know what, I have a better idea. Let’s throw away the Bible, any crucifix you can find, lock up all the priests and preachers and slap the tar out of some nuns because apparently all that Jesus stuff was an aberration and the Church should just huddle up and have bingo night.

I can’t believe I am writing this but isn’t this a job for the ACLU? Isn’t this a horrendous application of censorship? You know, first amendment rights, and all? Any one in the government know anything about a U.S. Constitution?!

If Kurian doesn’t take this publisher out back and “lays hands” on the whole board, Christianity has a lot more to worry about than Barack Obama’s fake “Office of Faith Based and Would you like to be my Neighbor Partnerships.”

Wall Watchers, this story should bother you enough to pray… and maybe send a nice letter of contrition to the publisher, whose PR person can be found here. Not that I’m instigating anything [whistle, whistle, whistle].

Every once in a while, we are privileged (and extremely miffed) to hear a story that makes us thing, “I told ya’ so.”

This story from WOW News’ WND is just that story about the BarackStar and his growing deity.

I know, he’s not really. However, we first were introduced to him during the presidential campaign as the “Messiah“. Next, noted eschatologists took it upon themselves to uh, prove that he wasn’t the Antichrist.

News has been serene about “God-Obama” sightings since he was elected into office.

He didn’t turn water into wine at one of many inaugural balls. No one has fainted during one of his stimulus talk appearances, and he didn’t have to raise them from their innoculated state. And although he is persecuted daily, there’s no rumor of his plight back to the community taking a detour on the Via Dolorosa.

Possible foreshadowing to his presidential library

Possible foreshadowing to his presidential library

But all that tweeting birds, sunshine on my face stops with this oddball sighting at a local library not near you:

A bookstore in Texas has sparked some comments – and criticisms – for having displayed a number of books about Barack and Michelle Obama under a “Religion” sign in the children’s section of its facility.

Me thinks I know the political affiliation of the store manager. Hrm.

Now, I don’t want to drop names of the book store, but let’s just say this story “BORDERS” on the inane. (Too much?)

So, a spokesperson from this anonymous bookstore got some nasty voice mails and issued this statement:

“We are a completely politically neutral organization,” [Ann Roman] said. “As you can imagine we carry every political perspective, authors from both parties. What happened here is those books were for kids and they were put under an overarching sign. Our team did not mean to imply an inappropriate classification.”

Someone may not have meant to imply anything, but here’s a thought. Anyone at Borderer, this bookstore have a house? Would you let an interior decorator even put a friggin’ lamp in the wrong place? Uh, no.

So while your organization didn’t mean to imply this strange obsession with presidential stigmata, someone in this store did mean to make a statement. Where would I file that? Religion or ridiculous?