It’s Open Thread Thursday.
Drop me a line about what’s on your mind.
For those of you who can’t get enough of all things Obama, what do you think of Obama’s last week European tour? his upcoming trip to the Caribbean? the Administrations’ relaxed policies towards Cuba? and all the hoopla around the new addition to the family, THE DOG!?
Somebody bring me up to speed on Jill Scott’s “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” Anybody on the blog saw it? I didn’t. What did you think?
Calling All COGICs, ex-COGICs, and recovering COGICs: have you heard the news? The 2010 Holy Convocation is moving from Memphis to St. Louis. You heard me correctly. Memphis has been the location of the Church of God In Christ Holy Convocation for, what, over 100 years. Don’t look now, but Bishop Patterson is rolling over in his grave. So is C. H. Mason and Mattie Moss Clark. Why the move? Because the Lord said so. How did the Lord do that? Money, honey. Now that Elvis, I mean Bishop Patterson is dead, nothing’s keeping the Convocation in Memphis. The city of St. Louis offered COGICS a better deal. “Money answereth all things” says the writer of Ecclesiastes.
Like I said there in Dallas last week (where folks are still mad at me, I’m told): Despite uproar of the saints in the pews, looks like same sex marriage is going mainstream sooner than later, in my lifetime it seems. It’s inevitable. Get over it. Iowa? Since when did Iowa beat out folks in the liberal coastal cities on a liberal agenda?
Conventional wisdom has it that religion is on the decline in America. No one knows that better than mainline churches and denominations like my own beloved African Methodist Episcopal church, the church that ordained me back in the 80s. Word has it that by the middle of this century my church, along with the AMEZs, the CMEs, and a few others, former cornerstones in black protestantism, will be backwater sects like…like… I dare not say. The
Amish, snakehandler Christians perhaps. Who would have thought? But don’t tell the AMEs. They’re not paying attention. They’re content to keep shuffling the chairs around on the Titanic.
Heads up: I know I’m a week late (and a dollar short), but look next week for a blog post (hopefully on Monday) in response to Newsweek’s last week cover story “The End of Christian America.” If you haven’t read it, read it.