THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH
”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
The Chicago Cubs lost the final game of the National League Championship Series Thursday night to the LA Dodgers, who overwhelmed them 11-1. The good guys were outmatched the whole series by the Dodgers’ shut-down pitching and clutch hitting. LA had a remarkable season, and were it not for a long losing streak at the end of the season, it might have been historic in terms of winning percentage. Congratulations to them. They await the outcome of the NY Yankees v. the Houston Astros series, the winner of which will face the Dodgers in this year’s World Series. It will be LA’s first trip to the Series since 1988.
Win or lose, I absolutely love October baseball…
One reason I love being Lutheran…
They do great things like brew special commemorative beers for celebrations like Reformation 500. This is Von Bora, a rich, tasty Dunkles Bock brewed in honor of the Reformer’s wife Katie (a craft brewer herself!) by Black Acre Brewing in Indianapolis. The even greater thing is that they’ve partnered with Lutheran Child and Family Services to do this, so we get to drink beer while kids and families receive some of the help they need.
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One of my favorite recent photos…
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Apparently, Yoda has become a Christian and bought a farm near me…
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Praying for our friends out west…
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As we commemorate Reformation 500, ya gotta love the Curmudgeon…
LOG RACE! pic.twitter.com/zLdviX23k9
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) October 17, 2017
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Truth is stranger than fiction…
Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame, spoke at the 2017 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2017. His speech was, well, how can I describe it? — how ’bout a rather old-school mix of patriotism and billboard Christianity.
Robertson focused his remarks on dem Lib’rals.
“I’m almost tempted to ask the Democratic Party four little words: ‘Do y’all love Jesus? The reason I’m asking you, Democratic Party, is I’ve never heard you say one way or the other. Do you love Him? And I’m waiting on an answer.'”
The Duck Commander founder went on to ask mainstream media outlets CNN, CBS and MSNBC the same question.
“Do you folks love Jesus? Because I’ve never heard you say one way or another. Maybe, or do you hate Him? Do you love Him or do you hate Him? I’ll unashamedly say I love Him. I’ll tell anybody that. The final question I would like to ask everyone, including you — what’s wrong with Jesus? I’ve investigated Him. I’ve carefully inspected the Man. I can’t find anything wrong with Him.”
Then he promoted a new series he will be in, “In the Woods with Phil,” by saying,
What does a man do when they try to run him out of town for quoting a Bible verse? I tell you what he does, he goes deep in the woods,” Robertson is heard saying in a promotional video for the new series. “For far too long we have been told to shut up. No more. Here’s the deal, America. These are my woods. Out here, I call the shots. Out here, we reject political correctness, or as I like to say, ‘pontificated crap.'”
Ain’t that America?
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Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum…
The pious and righteous entertainment establishment has been falling all over each other saying “REALLY? We had NO IDEA!” and trying to create distance between themselves and reputed sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. For example, Bethenny Frankel, star of that popular show about virtue and chastity, “The Real Housewives of New York City,” tweeted about Hollywood hypocrisy:
Harvey Weinstein himself, of course, responded to all of this with humility, contrition, and wisdom. According to one of Hollywood’s sacred books, People Magazine: “Weinstein said in a statement that he was working with therapists and planned to ‘deal with this issue head-on.’ He has also left Los Angeles and checked into a luxury resort in Arizona.”
In related news, Howard Stern also criticized Weinstein and others (who have gotten caught) from his pulpit of purity: “All these guys that do sexual harassment, I mean, they’re freaks,”
Ya can’t make this stuff up, folks.
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Well, we simply can’t end on a note like that, can we?
So, I offer you this heartwarming story of people right on the front lines of caring and compassion. The Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County Washington has been offering free care to dying patients for the past 40 years.
In 1978 Rose Crumb, a Roman Catholic mother of 10, worked with others to start the hospice in the remote Pacific Northwest city of Port Angeles, Wash.
Today, the hospice relies on 10 paid staff, 160 volunteers and an annual budget of less than $400,000 to provide end-of-life care for 300 patients each year. They take no money from the government or private insurance, but are funded completely by community donations and the time given by volunteer workers.
In a nation where Medicare pays nearly $16 billion a year for hospice care, and nearly two-thirds of providers are for-profit businesses, the tiny volunteer hospice is an outlier.
Since 1978, the hospice founded by Crumb — a mother of 10 and devoted Catholic — has offered free end-of-life care to residents of Port Angeles and the surrounding area. She was the first in the region to care for dying AIDS patients in the early days of the epidemic. Her husband, “Red” Crumb, who died in 1984 of leukemia, was an early patient.
“He died the most perfect death,” Rose Crumb told visitors on a recent afternoon. “He spent time alone with each of our kids. That meant so much to him.”
But it’s not just about dying. As I tell my patients and families all the time, Rose Crumb’s approach is “Hospice is about how to live each and every day.” We’re all going to face a final season of life. May God provide us all people like Rose to care for us in those days.