Well, friends, I’m sorry to say this could be the last edition of “Friday Faves,” which makes me even sadder that I skipped this feature last week. But, alas, the world is coming to an end this Saturday, May 21, at 6 PM (or there abouts. You can’t put too fine a time on the imminent return of Jesus Christ.) According to one Harold Camping, who made up some dates and used some fancy math equations (probably with one of those fancy $100 calculators), Jesus is returning on Saturday. Personally, I am thrilled about the event because I have to see my family doctor on Monday morning, a visit which always causes my latrophobic heart to skip a beat. So, no worries, it’s clear sailing until I go flying into the sky with Jesus. Hooray for me!
Of course, the official end of the world isn’t actually until October 21, but should you find yourself UnRaptured, The American Jesus blog suggests using the Left Behind books as a survival guide in this EXCLUSIVE interview with Harold Camping himself. Yes, friends, it’s hilarious and not to be missed. To learn more about Harold Camping, check out Jason Boyett’s amusing and informative article, “21 Things You Should Know About Harold Camping.” And if you act quickly and use overnight shipping, you can order a copy of Jason’s book, A Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, just in case you want to know what to expect AFTER the rapture. Looks like James Tate won’t be making the Shelton High School prom on June 2 after all. Bummer.
*One of my favorite writers, Jenny B. Jones, shares some of the things she’ll be doing in her final hours on the planet, including sharing the message of Jesus Christ with her loved ones to the tune of Michael Jackson hits and leaving her cat, Miller, on the doorstep of some really nice atheists in her new blog post, “Long Time No Talk.“
*Oh, Jenny, if only you and I had known about Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA, a group of committed atheists who offer to take care of Christians’ pets after they’ve been raptured, for a nominal fee of only $135 and $20 for each additional pet. Of course, they don’t operate in my state of Pennsylvania, but they do operate in Arkansas, where Jenny lives. Unfortunately, Jenny would have had to make arrangements nine days ago, as there is a 10 day waiting period after receipt of payment.
*In other apocalyptic news, the CDC is now issuing instruction on how people can survive a potential zombie apocalypse. Yes, friends, this is no laughing matter. Zombies want to eat your brains and the Center for Disease Control wants you to be prepared.
*Yesterday on Twitter, a friend alerted me to a “Yo, Gabba Gabba” video about the importance of not biting your friends (unless you and your friends are werewolves or zombies, of course). While watching this mind-numbing children’s entertainment, I came across .this video of actor Elijah Wood doing the “The Puppet Master Dancey Dance.” My, his acting career has certainly gone interesting places since the Lord of the Rings trilogy, eh? My fave quote by a random YouTube viewer: “I wonder if this is the Undying Land he sailed [to] with Bilbo?”
*My friend, Evangeline Denmark, talk about the joys of helping her two elementary-aged sons with their math homework, including her son’s creative answer to one math problem. Read this very cute post, “Help! I Have a Creative Child.“
*My beloved Biblical Seminary counseling professor, Dr. Phil Monroe, wrote a interesting post about how fear affects the brain and what Christians can do to combat that fear. Since I’m starting to freak out about my doctor’s appointment on Monday, May 23, I found this post both timely and helpful: “Physiology of Fear.“
*Finally, I want to leave you with something music besides the Dancey Dance, so I present you with the exciting return of Burlap to Cashmere, after a 10 year (or so) hiatus. Incidentally, I’m also a big fan of the 70’s influences of this band, especially Cat Stevens. I love this band, so I have to include another video featuring my favorite song from the band’s first album, “Is Anybody Out There?” (There is no “action,” just the song playing, but it’s definitely worth a listen!) By the way, if you’ve got an “in” with Burlap to Cashmere, hook me up with an interview, pretty please?
That’s it for this apocalyptic edition of Friday Faves. Should the Rapture not happen, I’ll [probably] be here next week with more of my faves, including an update on that dreaded doctor’s appointment. If you think of it while making your “Welcome Back, Jesus” banners, say a little prayer for me.
So, what do you want to do before the end of the world? How are you preparing for the zombie apocalypse? Do you currently or have you ever bitten your friends? Can art and math truly mix? What did you think about Dr. Monroe’s brain picture? Do you know Burlap to Cashmere and more importantly, can you get me an interview? And finally, how can I pray for you this week?