We All Picked a Bad Day to Stop Sniffing Glue

A lot going through my head and heart this morning, after what happened in Colorado.  If you built your house on the foundation on the prosperity Gospel, maybe some heavy rain just washed at least part of it away.  Satan may get a “needs improvement” on his annual evaluation from God every year, but he gets a “5” on diligence every time.

This piece by Ross Douthat appeared in the NY Times July 15th, and was reprinted in this morning’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/opinion/sunday/douthat-can-liberal-christianity-be-saved.html?_r=1.  Mr. Douthat – the youngest editorial writer in the history of the NYT – has a great book out titled “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics”.  I highly recommend it.

After reading this column – if you are an AJC subscriber – read Lorraine Murray’s “Discover True Talents” column in the “Living” section.  Apologies to non-subscribers, as I couldn’t find a link to it, either at ajc.com or anywhere else on the Net, including Ms. Murray’s web site.  The Catholics on this distribution list are probably familiar with Ms. Murray’s writings, as she appears not only in the AJC every Saturday but every month in the Georgia Bulletin.  I like her stuff – and I don’t know what editorial handcuffs she has to wear – but I would give her work maybe a 3 or a 3.5, on a scale where John Calvin is a 10 and Deepak Chopra is a 1.  I’m sending her a creative email, where I somehow work in Rowdy Roddy Piper’s infamous line from They Live: “I have come to chew bubble gum and to kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum” – which was actually used by Pope John Paul II at a Wednesday conference in the early 90s, appalled as he was by the state of the Church.  No kidding, he actually quoted that: JP II was a huge wrestling fan, and prayed fervently for the soul of the Undertaker.  You all know I never make anything up.  Any way I’d love to read a column by Lorraine Murray written after she’s run out of bubble gum.

Love you all, keep the faith.


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