How many hot dogs did you eat on Thursday? Now that you have finished consuming your tube steak, wanna know what goes in them? (The $2300 hot dog actually sounds pretty tasty …)

We are getting not one, but two new saints, and both are past popes. Pope John XXIII (that’s 23 for those of you who are Roman numerally-challenged) convened Vatican II, which I think counts as a miracle in itself. And Pope John Paul II made it cool to be a Catholic. Way to go, gentlemen.

The current pope, Francis, made his first trip as pope away from Rome a memorable one, traveling to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a destination for many African immigrants who travel perilously by boat to reach Europe. You know, I am thinking Pope Francis might just mean what he says about giving himself to the poor and disenfranchised.

Francis kept busy this week. When he wasn’t on the road, he was writing his first ever encyclical. He did, however, have help from Pope Emeritus Benedict. Well, hey, why not? We are going to ask Martha of Ireland to give us a complete report on the popes’ report in the coming weeks.

And when Francis wasn’t on the road or writing, he was cleaning house in the Vatican bank. Seems there was some hanky-panky going on to the tune of 26 million greenbacks. Do you get the idea it is not easy being pope?

Closer to home, the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim has a new tenant: St. Callistus Catholic Church has moved into the glass edifice. Something I bet they will quickly learn: It takes a lot of Windex to keep the place shiny.

Kiddies in San Diego can continue to take yoga classes in school. A judge ruled that yoga as taught does not constitute a religion. Of course yoga is a religion. If I were to do yoga, there would be a lot of praying for all the pulled muscles I would suffer …

It was not a good week for Baptists. First, an associate pastor at First Baptist of Madisonville, Kentucky, lost his job because his wife, a newspaper columnist, wrote something unflattering about the Southern Baptists’ stance on the Boy Scouts. Never mind that what she wrote actually made sense.

And then … sigh … there was the Baptist preacher in Skiatook, Oklahoma—about an hour north of my humble abode—whose pulpit rant back in May went viral via the internet. Sad sad sad…

And yet! Intrepid iMonk Rambler Rick Presley sent along this story of how one of my fellow Tulsans dealt with an uninvited guest in his home. Lesson to be learned: Don’t mess with Tulsans who are on their way to work.

CJ Mahaney has backed out of the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference. Manning up, or admitting defeat? Discuss.

Douglas Engelbart died this week. Who is Douglas Engelbart? If you are reading this on a computer, you are doing so because of Douglas Engelbart.

http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/saturday-ramblings-7-6-13

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Here’s a sad glimpse at just how ignorant Americans are of their own history.

Did you hear about the ban on “possession, use, or thoughts about sparklers“? Okay, it’s satire, but it’s probably not far from being true.

Benny Hinn as the “world’s greatest scammer“? I don’t know. I think at the very least he can share that title with a few others.

Removing Old Glory for God’s glory.

I’ve heard of people finding a lot of strange things in their Taco Bell orders, but never this.

Do you ever think about your future, glorified body?

Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint by men, not by God. That seems appropriate.

What will it be like for the majority of Americans at the Great White Throne Judgment?

R.C. Sproul on John 3:16 and man’s ability to choose God.

A few thoughts on the Holy Spirit and your pursuit of holiness.

I have mixed feelings on this.

A reader has alerted me to the existence of fluffy cows. Yes, fluffy cows. I just might revisit this phenomenon at another time.

Early on in this baseball season, I swore I wouldn’t watch another Cubs game until they stopped putting Carlos Marmol on the mound. I think I broke that promise once, but now I’m finally free to watch without fear of Marmol botching up a game!

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a good time-lapse video. This one is beautiful.

Men naturally are God’s enemies.

Sproul and Lawson on the Zwickau Prophets. Who were the Zwickau Prophets? Guess you better visit the link to find out.

This guy’s YouTube videos need more views because he’s making an extremely valid point.

Some teaching on the things of this world.

Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.

Evangelicals score the highest on patriotism. Great. . .

Humility and certainty aren’t mutually exclusive.

Did you hear about the pro-abortion crowd that started chanting “Hail, Satan” to overpower the pro-lifers who were singing “Amazing Grace”? Yeah, well now the Satanists are trying to distance themselves from those crazy chanters. You just can’t make this stuff up.

The Christian Post has been covering Hillsong’s Word Faith extravaganza conference. Here’s their coverage of Osteen’s message. Yes, Osteen. Other speakers included Rick Warren (via Skype), T.D. Jakes and Judah Smith. Draw your own conclusions.

Looking to Charles Spurgeon to answer the question, “why seminary?”

Short, sweet and to the point:

http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/07/this-n-that.html