The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: September 8, 2018
Of all weeks, I hereby declare this week’s brunch a NO-TRUMP ZONE.
I would like to enjoy my brunch in peace, thank you.
Welcome to September in the Heartland…
We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost. (Henry Rollins)
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This is hilarious…
Celebrating one of my greatest baseball heroes this week…
Cal Ripken set a record 23 years ago today [Thurs, 9/6] that will probably never be broken again.
On Sept. 6, 1995, Ripken broke the consecutive games played mark set by Lou Gehrig. The Orioles’ star played in his 2,131st consecutive game — eventually, Ripken’s streak made it to 2,632 straight games — and it was an event that took the baseball world by storm.
…Ripken hit a home run that night as the Orioles beat the Angels. After that, life went back to normal. Ripken just kept on playing. That’s why so many people related to his streak. Ripken did what so many in America do on a regular basis — he got dressed and went to work every day. That’s all. Nothing more.
The way Ripken ended the streak in 1998 also was very much in his style. He simply walked into then-manager Ray Miller’s office on Sept. 20 before a home game with the Yankees and said something to the effect of “it’s time.” Miller knew what that meant, pulled Ripken from the lineup, and the streak ended. In the end, Ripken said in an interview for the book that there was no magical formula. He just wanted to play, something his father taught him the importance of.
John MacArthur doubling down…
According to Relevant, about 4000 pastors and leaders have signed a statement called “For the Sake of Christ and His Church: The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.”
A couple of weeks ago I suggested that Johnnie Mac doesn’t get it, that his head is stuck in the sand of separatist fundamentalism, that he is ignorant of history and how Bible-believing Christians have sought to apply the gospel to all manner of social problems in order to promote justice and peace, and that, ironically, this supposedly most “biblical” of preachers ignores large swaths of the Bible that urge nations, leaders, and people at all levels of society to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”
Furthermore, MacArthur’s “gospel” is, to me, not very good news at all because it fails to acknowledge the ultimate purpose of Christ’s coming, which is not to make people fit for heaven but to inaugurate the restoring of all creation under God’s just rule.
Imagine my joy when I found out his position had been enshrined in a statement, and that thousands of Christian leaders were endorsing it.
The ultimate problem with MacArthur and his crew is not their view of social justice. That’s just another issue to confront for these people who think the faith is all about battling for Truth™ with their noses stuck in the Book.
For further reading: “Battle Lines Form Over Social Justice: Is It Gospel or Heresy?”
For Mike the Geologist: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
More for Mike the G: What does quantum theory actually tell us about reality?
No place like home…
From Insurance Journal:
A pair of ruby slippers used in “The Wizard of Oz” and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said.
The slippers were on loan to the Judy Garland Museum in the late actress’ hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, when they were taken in 2005 by someone who climbed through a window and broke into a small display case. The shoes were insured for $1 million.
The FBI said a man approached the insurer in summer 2017 and said he could help get them back. Grand Rapids police asked for the FBI’s help and after a nearly year-long investigation, the slippers were recovered in July during a sting operation in Minneapolis.
The FBI said no one has yet been arrested or charged in the case, but they have “multiple suspects” and continue to investigate. As they unveiled the recovered slippers at a news conference, they asked anyone with information about the theft to contact them.
“We’re not done. We have a lot of work to do,” Christopher Myers, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, said.
…Rhys Thomas, author of “The Ruby Slippers of Oz,” called the slippers “the Holy Grail of Hollywood memorabilia.”
“They are maybe the most iconic cinematic prop or costume in movie history, and in fact, in cultural history,” Thomas said. “They are a cultural icon.”
Thomas estimated that this particular pair could be worth between $2 million to $7 million. He said it’s not clear in which scenes they were used, but he was “99 percent” sure that they appeared in the film.
Thomas said the slippers then went unseen for 30 years until Shaw, acting as a middleman, bought them for someone who intended to sell them to the late actress Debbie Reynolds, but Shaw ended up keeping them and often loaned them for exhibits.
Urban free-soloing, anyone?
From The New Yorker. Go to the link to read the rest of the story about this fascinating climb.
At twelve-forty-five on Thursday night, unable to sleep, the climber Alex Honnold got out of bed, picked up his backpack, and walked across the street from his hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey, to a sixty-nine-floor luxury apartment building called the Urby. Honnold hid his Candlewood Suites room key and his flip-flops under a fence. “Hope no one takes them,” he said, shrugging. He ate some dark chocolate, “to get amped.” Then he grabbed hold of a grate at the base of the building and, with no fanfare or dramatic final words, began heading up the building’s “northeast ridge,” as he called it, without a harness or rope.
A boyish thirty-three-year-old Berkeley dropout who often sleeps in a Sprinter van, Honnold had donned brand-new climbing shoes and applied chalk to his large hands. It had rained a few hours before, and the forecast was only getting, in his words, “more grim.” He added, “If it starts to rain again, I’ll just knock on a window, you know, and get the resident to call somebody.” Rappelling back down wouldn’t be an option. Climbing this way, without safety gear, is called free soloing. Honnold is the greatest climber of this kind in history. He earned that title last summer, when he free-solo climbed the three-thousand vertical feet of El Capitan, perhaps the most famous and beautiful rock face in the world, in less than four hours.
This Week in Music: My two musical “Apostle” Pauls…
In my lifetime, two men named Paul have been apostles of music to me: Paul McCartney and Paul Simon. Both have had careers that have spanned my lifetime and created a soundtrack for my life. And amazingly, both are still at the top of their game when it comes to songwriting and performing (though Paul Simon has announced he’s hanging the touring part up).
Both of these Pauls released new albums this week — McCartney with new material, and Simon with completely reworked classic songs that he felt could be improved and released for a fresh hearing. Here’s a taste.