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God’s Chosen Beer?

posted by donna freitas

I was at a dinner party the other day–you know, a little chips, dip, some chile, good conversation, and to wash it all down, He’brew: The Chosen Beer! Imagine my surprise when I noticed the bottle, whose label has what looks to be a very happy Hasidic man (I think) holding up two beers triumphantly, with the Brooklyn Bridge on the left and Jerusalem on the right as a back drop. Not something you drink everyday, right?

For the curious, this particular brew, one of several He’brew blends, was called “Genesis Ale,” billed as “A Smooth and Distinct Light Brown Ale,” and it comes with a little story:

Why is this beer different from all other beers? In the beginning, the was an idea, and it was good. A Gourmet Kosher Microbrew to celebrate the bounty of our own American land of milk and honey. Our first creation is Genesis Ale, a rich, smooth, and disticntive light brown ale. A smidgen of Middle East, a dash of American West… Then we tasted it, and it was very good After 5000 years of civilization, finally a microbrew with the chutzpah to call itself The Chosen Beer. From the Golden Gate to the City of God, may HE’BREW join in the blessings of your lives… To Life! L’Chaim!

The taste of God’s Chosen Beer? Well, to be honest, it’s just OK.

“Daniel,” Jay, and Jesus

posted by doug howe

From Jay Leno last night, referring to Jesus’ occasional appearances as a character in NBC’s “The Book of Daniel“:

Tough year for Jesus. Last year, He was the superstar leading character of the biggest movie of the year, “The Passion of the Christ.” Now, he’s relegated to a recurring role in a dead show on the fourth-place network!

As for me, one of the questions I’ll have for Him when I get there: “When you were referenced irreverently in culture–even if innocently intended–did you cringe at the ignorance and disrespect to your Name or chuckle at the succes of your plan to remind people of Your existence?”

Christ Is My Bounty Hunter

posted by dena ross

Although it may surprise a lot of people, I find the new face of religion on TV in the form of the “Dog: The Bounty Hunter” (Tuesdays at 9), A & E’s highest-rated series ever.

The show, which gives us a look into the often-misunderstood world of bail bonding, focuses on Duane “Dog” Chapman and his family of bounty hunters, including wife Beth, two of his 12 children, Leland and Duane Lee, and friend Tim Chapman (no relation). A former sergeant-at-arms in a motorcycle gang called “Devil’s Disciples,” Dog explains on his website how he got his cool nickname:

“We [had] a guy in the gang who’s always mad at God. He’s always flipping God off. So I started praying for him. Since we already have a ‘Preacher’ and a ‘John the Baptist’ in the gang, I became known as Dog—God backwards.”

Although he went to prison for two years for the murder of a drug dealer he insists he didn’t commit, Dog has left his gang life behind and is now a born-again Christian, motivational speaker, and the self-proclaimed, “Greatest Bounty Hunter in the World,” with over 6,000 captures under his belt during his 27-year career. Dog and his family pray every time they go out on a bounty hunt to track down someone who has skipped bail. He knows his job is dangerous, but he trusts that God will keep him safe so he can come back home to his children.

Throughout the show, Dog utters little bits of advice or wisdom, which he calls “Dogisms.” One of my favorites is, “I like to hear that God goes before us, because he is the biggest bullet proof vest of all.”

Good Is God (With an Extra ‘0’)

posted by donna freitas

William Safire, in his weekly “On Language” column in the New York Times Magazine, writes about the origins of the word “good,” in an effort to explain its common contemporary usage in the phrase “I’m good,” which usually means something along the lines of “I’m Okay,” or “I’ve had enough,” or “I can handle it.” Safire explains:

Here we have one of the basic words of the English language–originally used in the place of God to avoid irreverance–gaining currency in an unremarked new sense. Early on, I’m good meant “I am without sin,” but that is now seldom the meaning.”

So the word “good” was originally “God” plus an extra “O.” Who knew?

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