The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: Sept. 1, 2018 — Labor Day Edition
By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.
• Helen Hunt Jackson
- Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance? (Edgar Bergen)
- Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. (Mark Twain)
- My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. (Abraham Lincoln)
- All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. (Aristotle)
- I always give 100% at Work: 10% Monday, 23% Tuesday, 40% Wednesday, 22% Thursday, and 5% Friday. (Unknown)
- Sometimes I can’t figure out if I am in preschool or high school. Oh, wait. I’m at work. (Unknown)
- It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work. (William Faulkner)
Ending the Johnson Amendment?
While some evangelicals are cheering, a group of Baptists in Missouri is opposing elimination of the so-called “Johnson Amendment.”
From Baptist News:
A moderate Baptist organization in Missouri reiterated its support for a provision in the federal tax code barring churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates that has suddenly emerged as an issue in one of the most-watched U.S. Senate races in the nation.
…Churchnet, a member body of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty that last year joined a large coalition of faith groups opposing President Donald Trump’s stated goal of repealing the Johnson Amendment, says the rule is good for churches.
“The ‘Johnson Amendment’ protects house of worship from candidates seeking endorsement during a political campaign,” said Brian Ford, executive director of Churchnet. “As a life-long Baptist and ordained pastor, I can’t imagine how damaging it would be to erase this legislation for local churches across the nation.”
“As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to be in community with one another, even those we disagree with on a myriad of political and social issues,” said Ford, who has led the group started in the early 2000s since 2016. “We need to continue to live into this tension, not ramp it up.”
The Calvary Chapel Chronicles…
As a product of the “Jesus People” revival in the early 1970s, I was deeply influenced from a distance by the ministry of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA, and especially through the songs of Maranatha! Music.
Therefore, I appreciate Michael Newnham’s retrospective series at Phoenix Preacher about Calvary Chapel and hope you will take time to read and follow along as well. It explains how a lot of us came into evangelicalism, and it also reveals the roots of many of the problems that led us out of evangelicalism.
Here are Michael’s posts so far…
- Calvary Chapel Chronicles: Introduction
- Calvary Chapel Chronicles: Prelude
- Calvary Chapel Chronicles: DNA, part 1
- Calvary Chapel Chronicles: The Music, by Tom Stipe
- Calvary Chapel Chronicles: A Frequent Question
- Calvary Chapel Chronicles: Papa Chuck
- Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. (Buddha)
- We work to become, not to acquire. (Elbert Hubbard)
- It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man. (Benjamin Franklin)
- Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. (Theodore Roosevelt)
- This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. (Alan Wilson Watts)
- Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it. (Madeleine L’Engle)
- The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. (Frederick Buechner)
I want this guy on my team…
Recently 61-year-old William Lytton took a swim off the coast of Massachusetts. Then every ocean swimmer’s nightmare happened. He found himself in the jaws of a massive shark, thought to be a great white.
Well, William Lytton wasn’t going to take this. He started punching the shark over and over again on its side, near the gills. The shark apparently wasn’t interested in such a feisty meal, so it let go its grip. Lytton made it back to the beach and was air-lifted by helicopter to a local hospital. Thus far, William Lytton has had six surgeries to repair his injuries, and there are more to come.
Now that’s a fighter.
Reminds me of another of my great maritime heroes…
Questions of the Week…
Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!
In honor of the great Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday on Aug. 25, and in recognition that the immigrant experience that has always been an essential and often contentious part of these United States, today we present “America” from West Side Story.
Luke, the son of some of our best friends, had the honor of carrying Senator McCain’s body into the Capitol as a member of the Military Honor Guard.
We are so proud of Luke and are grateful that he is getting this opportunity to serve his country in such a meaningful and unforgettable way.