August 12, 2020

Saturday Ramblings 1.14.12

Happy day after Friday the 13th! Did you make it through ok? No broken mirrors, no black cats crossing your path? There is a story behind why Friday the 13th has become an evil omen, but I forget it now. I’m sure Martha O’Ireland will remember it for us! (That’s your cue, Martha! Oh, and your next assignment: Christian Superstitions.) Now that we’ve dealt with a little housekeeping, how ’bout joining me for a little light housecleaning we like to call Saturday Ramblings …

First of all, we all here at the iMonastery want to thank you for your incredibly generous donations to keep us up and running. And while a few have been able to give several hundred dollars at a time, most have donated five, ten, or twenty dollars. Whatever you were able to give, we know it came from a heart of kindness and love, and we are very humbled. Our needs are going to be the same again this year: We need close to $200/month to keep the gates oiled and opened for you. Whatever you are able to give, we thank you. The easiest way to do so is by using the PayPal button on the right side of this page. Thank you very, very much.

iMonk Adam Palmer and clan are getting ready to go on a great adventure. You can read about it on his own blog. Feel free to donate to his cause as well if you can.

This is strictly for HUG. You’ve been talking about this for sometime. Now we see the evidence. The end truly is near.

And let’s go ahead and get all of the sex talk out of the way, shall we? Relevant Magazine takes a look at Mark Driscoll’s book about sex and finds much it does not like. This author, however, sees some good in the topic of sex being brought to the front of the stove. (I cannot bring myself to call either Mark Driscoll or Ed Young “pastors.”  They are motivational speakers, pure and simple.) And finally, CNN wants to know if God really has a “perfect match” for each person on earth. No, I am not going to give you the link to watch Ed Young and wife in bed on the roof of their church. But I am going to say “sex” one more time—it really helps to boost our Google rating.

Honorary iMonk Rachel Held Evans takes a closer look at Esther on her blog (Rachel’s blog, not Esther’s) and comes away concluding that perhaps Esther is not the greatest example of a June Cleaver-esque submissive wife. Great reading as always from Rachel.

Oh, here is some breaking news: U.S. Protestant pastors overwhelmingly reject evolution as the means God used to create life on earth. But they are split down the middle on whether the earth is 6,000 years old or several billion years old. I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming.

Religion News Services takes a look at the spiritual journey of Paul Simon. Did they say he is 70? Really? I am getting very old … (Your favorite Paul Simon song?)

Is your church formal, semi-casual, casual or beatnik when it comes to clothes worn to Sunday services? Does it matter? It does to this author who makes a, well, if not strong then certainly long, case for getting dressed up for church. Listen, I’ve said it before, but here in Oklahoma jeans without holes in them are considered formal wear.

Here is one outfit I don’t care to see in church. That boy needs to pull up his britches—his underpants are showing. (Oh, and nice white, American Jesus tatt there, Justin.)

Guess what book is a runaway bestseller in Norway? The Bible. Guess why. New translation. Ok then.

Uh-oh. Pop tart Katy Perry might need to get a media coach with her Dad and Mom. Katy’s dad, Keith Hudson, was preaching in Ohio last weekend when he made a very derogatory comment about Jews. He has since apologized for his choice of words. Katy’s mom, in the meantime, wants to set her daughter up with, you guessed it, Tim Tebow. And now that we have covered Mark Driscoll and Tim Tebow, there can only be one thing left for us to talk about.

Just what denomination are you really? I mean in your inner person? The first question you must decide is if you know things happened before 1950. Once you have decided that in your mind, you can follow the lines to see just what denomination you really are. It’s fun for the whole family.

Happy birthday greetings go out to Thelma “Butterfly” (“I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies!”) McQueen; Kenny Loggins; Katie Couric; Nicolas Cage; Soupy Sales; Stephen Hawking; Elvis (his last name? what planet are you from?); David Bowie; Richard M. Nixon; Bart Starr; Bob Denver; Jimmy Page; Donald Fagen; Rod Stewart; Naomi Judd; Long John Baldry; and Orlando Bloom.

Before he reinvented himself as a disco singer, and then as a pop singer, and then as an American standards singer, Rod Stewart was actually good. A friend asked me this last week what my favorite Rod Stewart song was. That was easy. This one. Enjoy.

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  1. WenatcheeTheHatchet says

    Favorite Paul Simon song? I’d have to go with “Boy in the Bubble” from Graceland because I spent months teaching myself how to play those accordion parts on my guitar AND sing the whole song over those parts. It was a huge amount of work but totally worth it.

    HUG, there’s no xenomorph pony in the link in case you’re wondering.

    • Graceland was the first CD I ever owned. Not the first album (that was Men at Work’s Cargo), but the first one I’d ever bought on CD.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      Ah, yes, Pony Customizers. A little-known cottage industry that’s still going strong.

      Though I HAVE seen “xenomorph pony” over at DeviantArt or FurAffinity. “Xenomorph” as in the thing from the Alien series of movies.

  2. “Yada”, huh? I learn something new every other day, on average.

    I don’t buy the soul mate concept myself (despite being happily married, lo, these nearly ten years now), but it is interesting to note a surprising result known as the Stable Marriage Theorem. It’s downright reassuring. Here’s how it goes:

    Suppose you’ve got an equal number of (heterosexua)l men and women, and that each of them has a ranked list of who he or she’d prefer to be mated with. Obviously, not everyone can get his or her #1 choice — especially if all the guys want the cheerleader as their #1 and all the girls want the quarterback as theirs. However…it is ALWAYS possible to pair people up such that no two non-paired couples can lock eyes and BOTH prefer to be with each other than with their current matches. That is, no prospective adulterer can find some someone else willing to yada with him/her. Hence the “Stable.”

    This all depends crucially on their being an equal number of men and women, of course. But given that there’s a shortage of the latter (especially in Asia) in the all-too-real world, anyone who’s plugging the idea of guaranteed soul mates is disconnected from reality in a way that requires no math class to appreciate.

  3. Paul Simon is a national treasure. Please, please keep the vast evangelical industrial complex away from him. Can’t someone sing or write about religion without being expected to peddle Jesus? I know that sounds sacrilegious, especially considering Michael Spencer’s view that one can’t talk about God without talking about Jesus. But the “Jesus” of evangelical marketing is a mere product, a brand, and not the Logos of the Living God. Jesus has become Jesus junk. Thanks to Paul Simon for reminding us that there is more to reality than pragmatism.

    • You have said more here than even you, DO, can image. Excellent comment.

      • Chaplain Mike has commented on this subject a number of times, so I don’t want steal his thunder. But it became painfully clear recently while listening to America’s “Holiday” album, which contained the original version of “Lonely People”. I remember as a kid thinking how deep that song was; perhaps it was about finding love and getting married; maybe it was about God. Later, Dan Peek started releasing albums under Christian labels with Jesus ditties like “All Things Are Possible. Then, on “Electrovoice”, he re-recorded “Lonely People” as a Jesus ditty. I was really disappointed back then and still am. This is why I hate the evangelical industrial complex; it destroys artists and robs them of creativity. I don’t know if it’s because of the mantra, “message uber alles” or if evangelical marketers think that’s what evangelicals want to buy.

    • Yes, I agree. Keep him away from the evangelical complex. And I get assurance from his song Bridge over Troubled Water. He is one of the greatest songwriters in existence.

      • Absolutely! I can’t rermember where I saw that song used in a definitely Christain context, but I’ve always thought of it as being about Jese after that. It’s what I sang to my babies when I rocked them

    • Too late, DO — he’s already been given an honorary Dove Award (can’t seem to find what year, but I think it was in the ’80s). He seems to have survived, though.

    • I was reading an interesting article over on the religiiononline website by Robert Gordis entitled, “The Revival of Religion and the Decay of Ethics”. The following is a quote:

      “Our society, which no longer feels the need to disguise (let alone control or subdue) its aggressiveness and materialism, finds in the various fundamentalist versions of religion an imprimatur for its anti-intellectualism and indifference to human needs. Fundamentalism is a faithful expression of the goals that seem to dominate our age. That may well prove to be its epitaph.”

      It helps explain why evangelicals lack of art and poetry. One would expect religion to enhance and promote the arts, but because fundamentalism is equally materialistic as modernism, higher aspirations like the arts devalued if not thrown out completely for the sake of pragmatism and the pursuit of financial prosperity:

      “In one crucially important regard, the fundamentalists and their opponents are at one: in embracing the philosophy of ‘making it’ as the goal of existence, with economic success as the highest good.”

      Ideology is a poor substitute for beauty.

    • I think Bruce Cockburn has succeeded in doing that for decades. I’m not too worried about Paul Simon’s talents being hijacked and chained down any time soon

      • I wondered when his Christmas album was recorded on a Christian label. But you’re right. His political views and language probably keep him at arms length with the evangelical establishment.

  4. Ahhhh ~ two of the most distinctive voices in music – Rod Stewart & Bob Dylan. Who would have thought? Dating myself I know but I still remember the long New Year’s weekend when my favorite radio station played the Top 100 songs of the past year when I was a teenager. Breathlessly waiting in anticipation of #1. “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” I know “artists” since have sung it, including Michael W Smith, but no one can match the Simon & Garfunkel rendition.

  5. Tim Tebow and Katy Perry. Interesting thought. Except that I wish both of them would just fade away…

    • Reading the comments made by both parents, I begin to grasp how poor Katy came by the uneven tenor of her ways. If I had a mom and dad like that, and in the public eye, I wouldn’t go by my last name either!

  6. “Daughter” by Paul Simon is recent and far from classic, but being a father, I love that song.

  7. In the Christianity Today article about dressing up for church, Duane Litfin said it better than Chuck Colson.

    I don’t have Dr. Colson’s original article in CT, entitled “Slouching into Sloth” and dated April 23, 2001, but the gist of it is that Dr. Colson was lamenting the no-risk attitudes about sex coming from Hollywood, and then he veered into an attack against the rest of us for what we’re wearing. Here’s part of a letter that I wrote to CT (they didn’t print it, and after reading their current article I can see why):

    Dr. Colson could well have developed this example [aforementioned attitudes about sex & promiscuity], or that of vulgar speech on TV, much further.

    Instead, he weakens his argument by turning his attack on everyday American clothing.
    “Nowhere,” he writes, “is this coarsening more evident than in our dress.” Shorts,
    T-shirts and sandals, he insists, are “slovenly”, and examples of the sin of sloth. Dr.
    Colson takes pride in his Marine training: “…it was drilled into us that if we were to be
    sharp we had to look sharp. That’s the right kind of pride, the antidote to sloth.”

    Unfortunately, pride, like sloth, can also be a sin. Most of us were not trained by the
    Marines, nor do we wear the western business suit to work (much less on an airplane!), as
    Dr. Colson does. The necktie serves no useful purpose other than to divide the classes,
    and, if worn in my own profession, would strangle me in a winch or a sawblade. The tie
    for many of us is used only ceremonially as a whimsical splash of color at a wedding or a
    conservative gesture of respect at a funeral. And we do not feel the sin of sloth for not
    wearing one to church.

    The humorous thing about the article (and I don’t think Dr. Colson saw it as funny) was when he decried that he is usually the only one on a plane wearing a coat and tie. He also condemned shorts and sandals for Christians (no, not just in church, but anytime). So I responded with this: “If our youth pastor wears shorts and sandals (to Dr. Colson’s chagrin), does he not identify with his teenage friends in hope of winning some to Christ?”

    Well, even though they didn’t print it they did print another one in praise of an article about Jimmy Carter. So I got published.

  8. Does God have a perfect mate for everyone? What the heck? If fate, the gods or the stars destine whom one marries, that person will be a flawed, broken, and hurt, individual. This is reality in a fallen world. The fact that two people meet and fall in love in spite of each others flaws and see in each others eyes the end of a long journey home, well, there’s your princess fairy tale and happily ever afters. I think the point Friendly Atheist brought up last week needs to be taken very seriously: STOP PLAYING ROLES! Stop looking for a mate like searching for a cast member or actor/actress in a movie script. Stop treating yourself and others as “cogs in the Jesus machine”. We criticize atheists for being fatalistic but we’re the ones who typically act like it, and atheists seem to be the one who know how to live fully in spite of fate.

    • One exception: abusive behavior is not an endearing flaw or brokenness; it is evil. Even the best people can be mean and thoughtless at times, but no one should marry a bully.

    • So true! I don’t believe that the Christian community is helping the lack of marriage commitment we see today one little bit by telling young people that God has a plan for their marriage and that it should be full of great sex, a quiverfull of children, and Godly roles to play. Life changes on a daily basis and we don’t seem to teach people to “roll with the punches” while practicing compassion along the way. How can you hope to have an even adequate marriage if the sex isn’t great when your church is telling you that the sex should be exciting and awesome and fabulous and if it isn’t, you are missing out. Isn’t that the message we get from everyone else?

  9. Isaac / Obed says

    “Seriously, are you a Baptist?” ROFL

    • And what did this chart reveal you to be, I/O?

      • Isaac / Obed says

        Oh, definitely United EpiscoPresLutherite. I mean, c’mon, NO ONE takes me/us seriously!

      • A friend of mine posted this same chart on FB a while ago. I followed it until I got to the part about “some awful Casting Crowns song” and went “wait — what’s wrong with Casting Crowns?!?” Clearly another indicator that I need to check out what the LCMS is cooking.

        And I said so, which was probably a disappointment to my posting friend — since he’s an Episcopal bishop. :-O

  10. I like Paul Simon’s “American Tune”. It’s based on the hymn “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” which has a tune that J.S. Bach adapted from an earlier love ballad.

  11. Jeffrey: Where do you come up with this stuff?? You’re amazing! I always look forward to reading you on Saturdays.

    • Well, the Synonymous Rambler helps me some. Otherwise, I just do a lot of dumpster diving throughout the week when I should be working on ghostwriting projects.

  12. Ooh, bummer. I was hoping for a Soupy Sales video at the end this week’s Ramble. I prefer the dulcet tones of White Fang and Black Tooth to Rod Stewart’s croaks. Even a clip from Dobie Gillis extolling the philosophies of one Maynard G. Krebbs. Oh, well …there’s always next week.

    As for Friday the 13th, stay tuned for the story of the brutal end to the Knights Templar. I’ll leave the details to Martha. 🙂

    • Oh my ~ Soupy and Company were a Saturday “MUST WATCH” at our house.

      I don’t know how much you can do though with a guy who thought work was a 4 letter word. 🙂

  13. Huh–I thought Friday the 13th came from the Last Supper being on a Friday with 13 attendees…

  14. I always find it laughable when an author’s premise for putting forth an argument like the one in the piece about what to wear for church is, “I don’t have an opinion about this, but here’s what God says…”. I always imagine God reading the piece, being like, “what the heck! I didn’t say that! He’s taking me completely out of context!”.

    The fact of the matter is that how people dress has to do with a bunch of different things. Since I’ve moved to Minneapolis from Pennsylvania, for instance, I haven’t had to wear khakis or other dress pants to work at all. Most offices, at least in my field, are very casual out here. I’m sure there are people who still do wear suits and ties for work, but that group is getting smaller all the time. For one thing, it’s very expensive to keep a wardrobe of dress clothing cleaned and pressed. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it, that’s for sure.

    • Local norms have a huge influence, as does denomination (really easy to tell the Baptists from the Catholics at I-HOP on Sunday mornings….)

      I am going to sound like a prude or SNL’s “Church Lady”, but my concern is for the sheer amount of skin showing on girls and women. Maybe because I raised two sons, I am aware of how easily most males can be distracted (or worse) by what females wear. I am NOT calling for the burka or for Warren Jeff’s style long dresses, but think it is reasonable to have the three “B”s covered at church (belly, butt, and breasts).

      I think a simple dress code like those in most high schools would cover the basics (no pun inteneded!)

  15. Apparently there aren’t any references to Friday the 13th being unlucky prior to some point in the 19th century – but then there are references in Chaucer to Friday being unlucky and 13 seems to have been unlucky for ages, so maybe the Friday the 13th thing is an amalgam of the two. The fact that Dan Brown associates it with the Templars is a very good reason to believe it has nothing to do with them, in my book.

    My sister lives in Catalonia and she tells me Tuesday 13th is the unlucky day there. Whether this is a local thing (Catalonians being apparently inclined to do something different to what Castillians do simply on principle) or more widespread I don’t know.

    • To the best of my knowledge, the connection between Friday the 13th and the Knights Templar is historic in nature and not a product of Dan Brown’s imagination, as fertile as that might be.

      • Jack Heron says

        Oh, certainly the order for the arrest went out on a Friday 13th. But then no mention of this date as being of ill omen occurred again for nearly 600 years, so to call it an ‘origin’ might be questionable at best.

  16. Richard McNeeley says

    I can’t pick out a favorite Paul Simon song, but some of my favorites include “My Little Town, “Kodachrome”, and “You can call me Al.” The music video of “You can call me Al”, with Chevy Chase, is an absolute classic.
    I think that Rod Stewart’s early work with the Jeff Beck Group and then Faces has to be his best. While “Maggie May” is a great song, it was on the B side with “Reason to Believe” on the A side of the 45.
    It looks like I need to change denominations, because the flow chart can’t possibly be wrong.

  17. Sorry this is long but it addresses the “casual dress” and whole casual attitude toward corporate worship today.

    (While this article refers to an Episcopal celebration, virtually all reading this can attest to the all too familiar scene in their own parishes)

    The funeral was in the chapel of a navy base, conducted by a retired Episcopal priest of, I believe, Southern middle-of-the-road churchmanship. While the service was not without reverence and the priest was genuinely considerate of the sadness of the loss, he seemed to be trying to keep the service casual.

    For the homily, he came out from behind the altar and leaned on the end of it rather than going to the pulpit. When he prepared the vessels on the altar for Communion, there was no formality to his actions: He might just as well have been getting dishes out of the kitchen cupboard for lunch.

    There were awkward pauses at several points while he flipped through his book, apparently looking for his place. He also seemed rushed. Since the service was lengthened by the inclusion of Holy Communion, one began to wonder whether he was afraid it would run too long, making us late for the committal at the cemetery.

    The deceased was a retired Marine Corps Reserve officer, and, at the request of his widow, the Marine Corps provided pall bearers, as well as a detail for the rifle salute and taps at the interment. This took place in a nearby Veterans Administration cemetery. There the priest first conducted the committal service.

    Marine Reverence

    Then the marines took over. Everything they did was deliberate, well practiced, careful, unhurried. It was pure ritual. It was clear that they took seriously what they were doing. Every movement had been considered, and, I assume, drilled ahead of time. It was to be done correctly in every detail, with dignity and honor, without regard to time: Seemingly this was all that mattered to them.

    The precision and dignity was a matter of honor. At the end, the flag was presented to the widow by the commander of the marines on the base. He could easily have sent a junior officer to deal with a reserve officer’s burial, but chose not to. It was all profoundly moving, as a number of mourners remarked after the services.

    The care and dignity of the military rite put the Christian rites to shame. I don’t believe that the priest was intentionally irreverent or unprepared. But by comparison with the marines’ reverent ritual, the chapel service and the committal seemed slapdash.

    The contrast says several things:

    1. It is hard to be casual and solemn at the same time. The marines’ formality communicated the seriousness and solemnity of the occasion. The priest’s casual approach told us that it was a casual and commonplace occasion. No doubt this reflected our increasingly casual society.

    Yet even there, “casual” has its limits. Consider that various public schools now require uniforms, because they found that the children would not take school seriously when dressed very casually. Likewise in church: if, for example, at the “Peace” people are encouraged to greet one another the way they would at the grocery store, the rite loses some of its solemnity. Joining others in the worship of Almighty God should be more solemn than joining them in buying milk and bananas.

    2. It is hard to be solemn if you are in a hurry.

    Haste says that something else is more important than what you are doing at present. The marines’ deliberate and unhurried ceremonies showed that ritual, done with care and attention, can communicate the solemnity of a solemn occasion, which the burial of the dead certainly is.

    The trend in liturgical revision in the Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches (and I suspect most Western liturgical churches) in the last forty years has been to shorten the services, to streamline things, so that people don’t get bored. Having absorbed this mentality, ministers have become apologetic for taking any time with the liturgy. The mentality says, “We know you have more important things to do, so we’ll get through the worship as quickly as possible.” It tells the people gathered that there is nothing that requires solemnity, for if worship does not, what does?

    3. Ritual still has power, even in a culture that in many ways despises it. Ritual is commonly seen these days as impersonal, and therefore incompatible with properly affirming the individual. It has been largely removed from secular public occasions. A high-school graduation can now be a noisy party, rather than a solemn ritual to be followed by a party.

    It was the marines’ service that brought comment afterwards, not the Christian liturgy, no doubt because the marines provided the now-foreign experience of solemn ritual. But the ritual also impressed because it evoked deep within the human heart that sense of solemnity in communicating the important things of death, honor, respect, and duty.

    4. The Episcopal Church has, in general and with exceptions, for a generation abjured the kind of formal ritual the marines maintain. This stems, judging from the words of liturgists and hierarchs, from the desire, common in many churches of the late 1960s and 1970s, to be more culturally relevant. By contrast, the message from the marines is: We will do what marines do, whether the culture understands and affirms it or not. They are willing to be countercultural when the essential character of the Marine Corps demands it.

    5. The church rites sought to focus on the individual worshipers and the deceased; the marines focused on the rite. The individual marines set aside their individuality in order to serve the common purpose of honoring the dead. This sacrifice of self for the common purpose itself lends power to ritual, since we all (the “old man” in us) resist self-sacrifice. If the marines were bored, or thinking about their girlfriends, or wondering what was for supper, that fact was well hidden by their participation in the ritual. The ritual protected them—and us—from their human defects.

    6. The marines’ rite pointed to transcendent values: honor, service of country over self, sacrifice. While the texts of the church service pointed to redemption and the resurrection of the body, the streamlined texts and the haste with which they were (and too often are) performed suggested that we should be thinking about worldly things, the things we’ll shortly be about, and not about eternal things, like commending the soul of a Christian man to God.

    The casual approach undermines the scriptural content, particularly the horror of death. And by undermining the horror of death, it undermines the promise of the Resurrection.

    Failed Duties

    To the embarrassment of the church, the marines were in important ways more Christian than the churchmen. A solemn occasion like this funeral shows how much the church has become a creature of the age, and is failing in its duty to point men to the transcendent and to the greatest of all transcendent goods, the Triune God. Semper fidelis.

    • Being a military chaplain and having taken part in several memorials for both active and retired Soldiers, yes, those teams practice and practice. They understand they only get one chance to do it right, and they take it seriously.

      I think I can partly point to my military experience and the ceremony, etc as a factor in my move from anabaptism to Anglicanism. Like you said, doing the right thing, and doing it right, matter.

    • This is one of the most profound things I’ve read in a long time, Adrienne. I will be retelling this story for years, I’m sure. Thank you for explaining it all so clearly.

      • Damaris ~ it comes from a website called “Mary’s Anawim”. And I agree with you, it is profound.

  18. Favorite Simon song, that’s easy….

    God Bless the Absentee…


    Mrs Robinson…



    Nevermind 🙂

    • Actually One Trick Pony gets the most play of all his material, it has very deep sentimental value for me
      personally, I like all his material but that album speaks to the core of my being.


  19. Rod Stewart, circa 1971! Yes, he WAS good…at least with Small Faces. And did Ron Wood ALWAYS look old? His hairstyle hasn’t changed in 40 years!

    If you want to hear a raw and undisciplined version of Stewart, pre-Faces, then check out his turn with Jeff Beck on the “Truth” album.

    Never liked Simon. He always seemed so sanctimonious in a scoffer’s sort of way. If he now is seriously contemplating true spirituality at the age of 70 then good for him.

  20. Kodachrome is my favorite PS tune. It has led to a totally irrational preference for Nikon when camera shopping. (It’s true!)

    The flow chart was pretty entertaining.

  21. best Paul Simon song:

    A Simple Desultory Philippic
    (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission)

    • That song never got any air time. My wife currently does a jazz program on a volunteer radio station, but years ago she was doing the eclectic show and she’d let various people choose an hour or so of tunes. A Simple Desultory Philippic was one of my choices.

      Best line:

      “He’s so unhep that when you say ‘Dylan’ he thinks you’re talkin’ about Dylan Thomas. Whoever HE was. The man ain’t got no CULTURE!”

  22. I like “Slip Sliding Away” — you don’t have to be Arminian to like it, but it helps. It scares Calvinists to death.

    And “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies!” is a misquote. I believe what Butterfly McQueen actually said was, “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies!” Double negatives may work in Oklahoma, but they didn’t in Civil War Atlanta.

    • I do believe you’re right, Bob. I’ll take your word for it. I ain’t watchin’ no four hours of GWTW to find out!

    • Slip Slidin’ Away could be the Post-Evangelical Wilderness theme song: “You know the nearer your destination the more you’re slip slidin’ away”.

  23. I think the only thing I ever heard him sing was “Waltzing Mathilda” oh wait, you mean that other Paul Simon… well then, “An American Tune”, err umm, no “Punky’s Dilemma”, er no “For Emily”. Maybe something later like “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” or “Hearts and Bones” so many options.

    For people who don’t get the first comment, Paul Simon was also the name of a Senator from my home state of IL.

  24. I attended a church with an international congregation for many years. Over 70 countries represented from all over Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia, South America and the Caribbean. In that context, “appropriate” dress is completely and totally meaningless. I would see people wearing a tracksuit, people in FUBU attire, people in suit and tie, people with shorts and T-shirt (which is what i would wear most often) and many people in traditional very wear from their native countries (from very formal to very informal), all hanging out with each other not noticing what anyone else was wearing at all. it was awsome.

  25. My favorite from Paul Simon? “Late in the Evening.”

  26. Thanks for the link to the article on dressing for church. In recent months I’ve been making a conscious effort to dress in a manner that shows respect for church (I stand out!), and it’s nice to read some good apologetics for it.

    To all you who do dress nicely on Sunday mornings – salute!