Posts Tagged ‘church humor’

1.  Just incase you haven’t had enough already… another political ad asking questions about Senator Barack Obama.

HT: Nuke

2.  Because I didn’t do any political items in the last edition of Twenty Items of Interest.  I present to you… the many faces of Hillary Clinton.

HT: Kevin Stilley

I hope you enjoyed this picture as much as I did.  Ahem, moving along…

3.  I discovered, thanks to Brent Thomas, a blog called Stuff Christians Like.  It is a strange mix of the serious and the humorous.  One serious blog post is on “Lying because I love you”  He said many Christians do it, but if we are to be honest with ourselves we lie to protect ourselves not the other person involved.  The non-serious post is “turning ushers into the Secret Service” it made me laugh out loud.

4. Brooke Bouma blogged about Einstein videos – are they bad or not?  I think every once in awhile they are fine, but I swear it seems like some people raise their kids on these things.  So the end result will likely be a bunch of people with like two-second attention spans (ok I’m exaggerating).  Seriously though, have you noticed that the number of cases of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) increased with the number of children’s TV shows increasing?  Do we not think there is some correlation?

5.  it drives me nuts when people don’t use caps in e-mails and blogs.  like it is some hip, cool postmodern thing to do.  what do you think?  use caps or not?  is it really that burdensome to use caps?  are they too sexy for capitalization?  are we afraid that we will pull a pinkie to reach over and press that shift key?  the chicago tribune talks about using caps versus not using caps.

it is a pet peeve of mine along with the e-mails i get THAT ARE IN ALL CAPS LIKE THAT PERSON IS SCREAMING AT ME, but i digress.

6.  A dad has been jailed for six months for daughter (now 19) skipping school and not graduating.  A judge ordered her father to be responsible for her education when she was 17.  Apparently he will be in jail until she passes her G.E.D. which apparently she is unable to do.  Crazy… while I think parents need to be held accountable when the kids are younger –  I think a 17-year-old needs to take responsibility for her actions.  My thoughts are why are we, as taxpayers, footing the bill for a kid’s education when that kid clearly has no desire or motivation to be there?  That is why I am, in principle, against raising the compulsory age of education to 18.  (Source: Alisyn Camerota)

7.  Hey NEWS flash!!!!!!  Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons are vastly different than born-again Christians!  Duh.  Somebody actually paid to have this survey done?

8.  Bible names top the list for newborn boys.  Names like… Jacob, Michael, Joshua, and Matthew were the favorites.  I think that is awesome.  My wife and I have been kicking around having a fourth child, and I think if we do and the baby is a boy we should name him Nimrod, a great Biblical name.  We like being different.  I also think that Ham is a good name.  I am also partial to Riphatgh, Togarmah, Dodanim and Methuselah.

9.  Apparently there is a Jedi Church, and Darth Vader was spared jail time for attacking its founder.  To my readers from Great Britain… I thought the U.S. religious scene could be pretty weird, but I have to say this is one of the strangest things I’ve seen in some time.  May the force be with you!

10.  One of our mentors, Darin Wogen, shared his testimony at our banquet last week.  He did an awesome job!

11.  My friend Eric is concerned about Evangelicals who seem to be grasping for political influence and power.  Particularly with the Evangelical Climate Initiative and their seemingly quick embrace of the global warming rhetoric.   I won’t use the word he used for these Evangelicals actions because I try to keep my blog family friendly ;).

12.  I encourage you to read Out of Ur’s commentary on the Evangelical Manifesto.  Richard Land shares why he didn’t sign it.

13.  John Edwards endorses Barack Obama… gee I’m shocked (please read sarcasm)!  You can read a first hand account of this earth-shattering news at One Mom’s blog.  Why exactly is Hillary Clinton still in this?

14.  Bob Barr announces his candidacy for President of the United States on the Libertarian ticket.  He is taking an anti-Iraq stance.  This may slow a flow of conservatives who don’t want to vote for McCain from going to him, but may garner support for Blue Dog Democrats who are against the war.

HT: Kevin Tracy

15.  Pistol Pete blogs on mysterious love letters found that could possibly be between Judas and Mary Magdalene.  It made me laugh out loud.

16.  I love this cartoon… Appreciation by David Hayward

17.  Interesting post by Velvet Hammer about the connection between Nazism and Islam.

18.  It’s official… Californians no longer live in a democracy, but an oligarchy.

19.  This commercial reminds me of when my son was born.  The nurse took him over to clean him up and while he on the table she had to jump to miss this nice arch of pee.  Yep… that’s my boy.  This kid has a great future putting out campfires.

HT: Joe Carter

20.  Brian McLaren’s non-sequitur.

McLaren answers a question about truth:

Obviously that’s a challenge. The flip side of that question is look at the Catholic Church: For all of its orthodoxy, it could have bishops covering up for molesting priests. And evangelicals, for all their claims of orthodoxy, can be barbaric to gay people and can blindly support a rush to war in Iraq and can be, as we speak, fomenting for war with Iran. … Obviously, I have a lot of critics and they often say, ‘You’re wanting to water down the Gospel to accommodate to post-modernity.’ I say, ‘No, I really don’t want to do that. But what I do want to do is acknowledge first the ways we’ve already watered down the Gospel to accommodate modernity.’ … I think the naivete of some of those critics is that they’re starting with a pure pristine understanding of the Gospel. It seems to me we’re all in danger of screwing up.

Melinda at Stand to Reason points out that a common mistake that emergent types tend to make regarding absolute truth – that it is taken to mean that we are infallible in our knowledge of the truth.  That isn’t what it means though.  Absolute defines the truth, not our knowledge.  She suggests that we should refer to absolute truth (which Josh McDowell defines as “something that is true for all people, in all places, at all times.”) as objective truth.

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1.  Strange story out of Argentina.  Several Argentine teenagers are freaked out by a “creepy gnome” that stalks the streets at night.  See the video here.

2.  According to the London Times, Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate reformer Martin Luther.  He contends that Martin Luther did not intend to split Christianity, he only sought to purge the Church of corrupt practices. 

Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, the head of the pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the move would help to promote ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants. It is also designed to counteract the impact of July’s papal statement describing the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as defective and “not proper Churches”.

HT: Faith Maps

3.  Governor Schwarzenegger defends homeschoolers after the asinine decision by a California state appeals court to severely restrict homeschooling.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denounced a state appeals court ruling that severely restricts homeschooling and promised Friday to change the law if necessary to guarantee that parents are able to educate their children at home.

“Every California child deserves a quality education, and parents should have the right to decide what’s best for their children,” Schwarzenegger said in response to the ruling, which said children educated at home must be taught by a credentialed teacher.

“Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children’s education,” Schwarzenegger said. “This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts, and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights then, as elected officials, we will.”

State Education Secretary David Long, a Schwarzenegger appointee, said that meant the governor supported allowing parents without teaching credentials to educate their children.

“The governor sees this as a fundamental right of parental choice,” he said.

Good for him!  I’m surprised, but pleased.

HT: One Mom

4.  Too sexy for my burka

Serious message in this video regardless of the title.

HT: Scarlett Crusader

5.  Des Moines Girl critiques the National Geographic channel’s special Aftermath: Population Zero which explains what happens to our stuff after we are gone.  I agree with her that the program is completely pointless.

6.  Great quote that asks which points out the difference between how some emergent leaders and traditional evangelicals view Jesus and social justice.

“Is Jesus a social, economic, and political revolutionary? Is the mission of the church primarily to confront society’s structures so they can be transformed? Or is its primary goal to confront individuals within these structures and pursue change in individuals that impact the structures they serve?” – Darrell Bock commenting on Jesus’ sermon in Luke 4 (Baker’s Exegetical Commentary on Luke 1:1-9:50, p.400)

HT: Stephen Murray

7.  The BBC reports that Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be teaching at Yale University on Faith.  He will lead a seminar on faith and globalization.  After leaving office he left the Anglican Church to become a Roman Catholic.

HT: JD Lusan

8.  The perfect gift for men.

9.  Twitter in Plain English if you didn’t know what it was.
You can follow me on Twitter.
10. Just shut up.
If my kids read this post they are now tattling on me telling Cheryl that I just said a bad word.  The suggested caption for this picture: “Wanna bet the pastor speaks for longer than 30 minutes each Sunday?”
11.  Biker Sikh in Canada
A group of Seiks demonstrates in Brampton in defiance of the helment laws in Ontario Canada, after one of them is fined $150 for riding without his helment. They feel the law does not apply to them because of their religious requirements. We have an RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] Officer who was granted permission to wear a turbin in place of his uniform’s hat for religious reasons.
12.  The real reason for what is wrong in America.  Men who pee sitting down.  This by the way is an example of lousy hermenutics.  The whole time I watched this I wondered if Pastor Steve Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, AZ was joking.  Sadly, I don’t think so.

HT: Ben Witherington

13.  The CDC reports that one in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease.  Not that I’m a statistics expert, but I have some trouble with those numbers.  I’d like to know how they got their sample group, etc.  That seems incredibly high.

14.  Justin Taylor blogs on J.I. Packer, a prominent evangelical scholar is to be suspended by the Anglican Church of Canada.  Somewhat irrelevant since he and his church left the diocese they were in and have realigned themselves with a more orthodox branch in Argentina due to their diocese’ decision to bless same-sex unions.  In turn the ACC decided to suspend him.  This is just another example of the Anglican communion coming apart over same-sex unions and homosexual clergy.

15.  John Piper blogs on God’s sovereignty and Paul’s conversion.

16.  James MacDonald discusses the offense of the cross.  Great study with Easter week almost here.

17.  Wittenberg Door made me laugh out loud with this little bit of church humor.

The Reformed don’t recognize the Roman Catholics.

The Roman Catholics don’t recognize the Lutherans.

The Lutherans don’t recognize the Baptists.

And the Baptists don’t recognize each other in the beer aisle of Wal-Mart.

18.  Jill Stanek shares the top 10 reasons why Barack Obama voted against the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

HT: Barry Carey at withallyourmind.net

19.  Matthew Lee Anderson at Mere Orthodoxy wonders if homeschooling was ever legal under California law.  He also gives a pretty good summary of the case as well.  He has unique experience having spent two years providing supplemental education for homeschoolers in California.
One of Obama’s close advisers on legal matters, Cass Sunstein, is a proponent of judicial minimalism—the theory that judges should hew closely to the facts in the cases before them rather than issuing forth with bold and sweeping opinions. So I wondered if Obama might favor moderate judges over strongly liberal ones—a translation to the bench of his calls for unity and bipartisanship, in other words. But Minow and Tribe rejected that. And Sunstein himself has written that given the roaring conservative voices currently on the court and its shift to the right, minimalism isn’t necessarily the best posture for the next justice. “I clerked for Justice Marshall, and while I don’t agree with him on everything by any means, there is an argument that the court would benefit from someone with a vision of equality and liberty,” Sunstein said. “That is clearly absent.”

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