Thursday, January 31, 2013

Only Slightly Exaggerated

I got my copy of Jerry Faught's "Rev. Dr. Megalo Maniac's Supernatural Salvation Spectacle and Marvelous Mega-Church Meeting" in the mail yesterday. I laughed out loud so much as I read the first few pages that my wife had to know what was so funny. Her curiosity could not be assuaged until I read excerpts like this out loud:
When Megalo pastored in Broomville a nearby Cowboy Church invited him to speak. Megalo donned his Ostrich Skin Boots and his Stetson Cowboy Hat and prepared to rope some lost people for Jesus. Megalo preached his sermon while doing some rope tricks he had learned as a youth. He talked about how God had roped him and wrestled him to the ground back when he was a rebellious young steer and had captured his heart.

"God corralled me for Christ -- roped me for the redeemer -- lassoed me for the Lord." Megalo declared.

In the middle of Megalo's sermon an old rodeo clown ran down the aisle crying and asking Jesus to save his soul. The clown then asked Megalo to baptize him but he requested that his horse be allowed to watch the baptism. Megalo agreed and the clown brought his horse in through the back door of the church and down the aisle near the baptistery. When the congregation applauded after the baptism the horse got spooked and started running up and down the aisles.
I've got so many serious philosophy and theology books to read that I rarely read a work of fiction. I made an exception for Dr. Faught's work because I got to know him during the ten years that he was Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Baptist University. A year ago he parted ways with the increasingly heavy-handed fundamentalism of OBU's current administration and became Associate Professor at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

I suspected that this book would be a cathartic exercise for Jerry and it is obvious that it is. I also anticipated that, in the midst of the humor, Jerry would make some astute observations about the spectacle of evangelical fundamentalism. Often he needs only to slightly exaggerate the truth to show the absurdity of what has become commonplace in Southern Baptist life.

Now, I've got to hurry up and finish reading this book. Kylene wants to read it.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Third Month of Geo-Thermal Energy Savings

I've been monitoring our energy usage since our geo-thermal HVAC was installed.

I got the bill for the third full month this today. We used 1355 KWH for the month of January 2013. Between 2002 and 2012 our average energy usage for the month of December was 4147 KWH. The highest month was December 2010 when we used 4908 KWH and the lowest month was in 2006 when we used 2990 KWH.

Translated into dollars, we saved about $321.00 on our electric bill this month.

After three full months with geo-thermal energy, we have saved a total of around $746.00 on our electricity bill.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dr. Barbara Boyd on the Book of Ruth

Dr. Barbara Boyd on the Book of Ruth from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Dr. Barbara Boyd, an ordained Presbyterian minister and Professor of Religion at the University of Oklahoma, preaches a sermon on the book of Ruth at the United Ministry Center on January 17, 2013. Boyd's sermon was part of a series of sermons by different ministers speaking at the United Church of Norman on the topic "The Sermon I Always Wanted to Preach but Never had a Chance."

Dr. Boyd's unique interpretation of the Book of Ruth is thought-provoking and prophetic. It may prove challenging to feminist theologians and will certainly be controversial among fundamentalist Christians.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

David Barton and Glenn Beck propose arming elementary school children!

What's the Matter with America?

This documentary reveals what's wrong with American democracy.

Watch Inside Obama's Presidency on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bill Moyers On Crony Capitalism

Bill Moyers exposes the "crony capitalism" involved in the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Mary Fallin and the Death Panel Governors

Terrence Heath in an essay on the Campaign for America's Future weblog uncovers the rationale underlying the refusal of Medicaid expansion by ten GOP Governors:

Republican governors are standing up for a conservative health care reform principle articulated by conservative economist Tyler Cowen.

2. A rejection of health care egalitarianism, namely a recognition that the wealthy will purchase more and better health care than the poor. Trying to equalize health care consumption hurts the poor, since most feasible policies to do this take away cash from the poor, either directly or through the operation of tax incidence. We need to accept the principle that sometimes poor people will die just because they are poor. Some of you don’t like the sound of that, but we already let the wealthy enjoy all sorts of other goods — most importantly status — which lengthen their lives and which the poor enjoy to a much lesser degree. We shouldn’t screw up our health care institutions by being determined to fight inegalitarian principles for one very select set of factors which determine health care outcomes.

Monday, January 07, 2013

On the Climate Cliff

Bill Moyers interviews Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, about the urgent need to address the issue of climate change.

Saturday, January 05, 2013