Real Humor is Always Good for the Soul

I love religious humor, good humor. Sometimes such humor, if it is really good, can make a rather profound point. There are two bits of humor that I recently overheard that made me laugh while they also made a great point.

First, did you hear about the man who was an agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac?

His problem was that he sat up all night wondering if there really was a dog!

Second, did you hear about the aliens who landed in the Bible Belt?

The first persons to meet them were zealous Christians who told them all about the story of Jesus.

They replied to these Christians by saying, “He’s already visited our planet and we threw him a great party and everyone celebrated.” They asked the Christians: “What did you do when he came to your planet?”

By |March 19th, 2015|Categories: Humor|

A Little Humor From Chicago in Wintertime

Windy City Temperature Conversion Chart”

Sub-Zero Temperatures Put Chicago Into Deep Freeze60 F: Arizonians shiver uncontrollably, people in Chicago are still sunbathing.

50 F: Californians try turn on the heat; people in Chicago plant gardens.

40 F: Italian sports cars won’t start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down.

32 F: Distilled water freezes’ Lake Michigan water gets thicker.

20 F: Floridians don coats, thermal underware, gloves and wool hats; people in Chicago throw on a light jacket.

15 F: People in Chicago have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0 F: All the people in Phoenix die; Chicagoans close the windows.

10 below: Californians fly away to Mexico; the girl scouts in Chicago are selling cookies door to door.

25 below: Hollywood disintegrates; people in Chicago get out their winter coats.

40 below: Washington D.C. runs out of hot air; people in Chicago let the dogs sleep indoors.

100 below: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.  Chicagoans get frustrated because they can’t start “da car.”

450 below: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on Kelvin scale); people in Chicago start saying, “cold nuff for

By |January 19th, 2014|Categories: Humor|

What Is the Difference Between Complete and Finished?

I am not sure who to attribute this humor to but it is worth sharing. A friend sent it to me recently.

No dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.  However, in a recent  linguistic conference held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese was the clear winner.

His final challenge was this: Some say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.  Please explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand.

Here is his astute answer:

“When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE, but when you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED

And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!”

His answer was received with a standing ovation lasting over 5 minutes.

By |November 16th, 2012|Categories: Humor|

A Book on Theology (Humor)

I do not recall where I saw the cartoon but it was one with Charlie Brown and Snoopy. 

Charlie said to Snoopy, "I hear you're writing a book on theology. I hope that you have a good title."

Snoopy replied, "I have the perfect title (as he sat on his doghouse with his typewriter)."

Has It Ever Occurred to You That You Might Be Wrong?

I have been dabbling with a book that is part memoir and part theological reflection. I am often tempted to use Snoopy's title. What do you think?

By |April 23rd, 2012|Categories: Humor, Theology|

First in Our Household

Neo in silly winter hat 003 A home without children is quiet, sometimes too quiet. Most of the time my home is very quiet. But sometimes it is filled with the laughter of my grandchildren, who are a delight. But it is always filled by the presence of our “third” child, Neo. Neo is ten and half years old but doing pretty well for a senior dachshund. She has actually become more active the last three years because of her cousin, Latte. Latte spends a lot of time with Neo. When Latter and Neo are together they teach each other various new social responses. The worst such social behavior is what I call a dachshund “bark off.” Latte usually begins it though Neo has learned well and clearly is no angel. The “two girls” sit on top of our living room sofa and “guard” the house from anything that moves. When I am trying to think, read or write they can drive me to

By |November 22nd, 2011|Categories: Humor, Personal|

Reformation Day: How Far Does the Fall Go?

Today is All Saints Eve. It is also Reformation Day. This made me wonder about sin and the ages old debate about the consequences and depths of human sin. Luther said that sin bound us to spiritual death thus we were in bondage from birth. This was, of course, the same thing St. Augustine had taught. Besides the obvious evidence that the fall of man brought with it death, including death in the physical realm, one wonders at times if animals might experience some human like qualities when it comes to sin and the fall.

Dog w Sign For example, do our pets have a tendency to rebel that is inborn? When a child sees a “Do Not Enter” sign the first thing they want to do is to enter that door, right? What about dogs? When they see a “No Dogs Allowed” sign do they react similarly?

The answer might not be conclusive scientifically but this photo made me laugh out loud. It is a picture that is

By |October 31st, 2011|Categories: History, Humor|

How We See One Another

A major contributor to our disunity can be seen in how we view one another as Christians. Because we hold differing perspectives on doctrine and practice we tend to become suspicious of each other. These stereotypes are real. Today I put them under the lens of humor. I suppose some might be offended but the purpose here is not to offend bur rather to prompt you to laugh at yourself and at how we maintain our dislikes and personal disdain for one another on the grounds of how we view one another, for better and often for worse. The source can be seen in the graphic I’ve borrowed but if you want to see more similar material check out It is an interesting blog.



By |October 23rd, 2011|Categories: Humor, Unity of the Church|

Neo: My Star Dachshund

I sometimes write about my wife, my children and even my grandchildren, but what’s up with the dog in various photos that you see of me? Well, what’s up is “Neo,” my ten and a half-year old miniature dachshund. Neo is our youngest child and the one who never left home. She brings tremendous joy to our empty-nest household. Neo is our fourth mini-dachshund in forty years of marriage. Anita was into German Shepherds when we met but our apartment would only allow a small dog so we got a dachshund, staying with the German breed of course. As night follows day we kept getting dachshunds and just love these little wiener dogs. (Neo has a little outfit that is a hot dog bun with mustard on top of it that she wears in public when we really want to get a laugh. She asked for it one Halloween I understand, telling us she wanted to be a Hallo-wiener!)

Neo is by far the sweetest little doxie that we ever had. She loves Anita beyond belief. She loves me too, but not like she loves her “momma.”

By |October 2nd, 2011|Categories: Humor, Personal|

Steve Brown Etc. "Religion: Sickness or Cure?"

SBE One of my favorite persons is Steve Brown. He also does one of my favorite radio programs called Steve Brown Etc.  Brown also teaches on Key Life, a fifteen-minute syndicated radio show heard around the country on around 300 radio stations and on the Internet, on which Brown teaches about grace and the Christian life. The show often ends with Brown's tag line, "You think about that. Amen." Key Life also distributes audio recordings and writings by Brown and is based in Maitland, Florida. Steve formerly taught at Reformed Theological Seminary and is the author of numerous books. The first time I heard Steve, many years ago, I was deeply disturbed. He preached grace so wonderfully that I dared not believe this could be true. His happy and affecting style disarmed me but I had my doubts about him. Later I met him and saw the man for what he is – a Christ follower who is free and filled with grace.

Love him or hate him, Steve

A Little Humor About the American Altar Call

I have been deeply suspicious of the typical use of “altar calls” since I was a young child. First, every time I heard one as a five-year old kid I wanted to run forward, not walk. Who didn’t want to come to Jesus again and again? And if the word “rededication” was used then I knew I wanted to go forward. By the age of seven I wondered to myself: “What is this thing we’ve made so much out of every single Sunday morning and evening in church?” By ten I was just suspicious. All my friends had “walked the aisle” but few of them seemed all that changed. By my teen years I watched my peers who walked and wept and grew downright tired of it all. As a Baptist pastor, at age 22, I had to give an altar call every Sunday for one year. I couldn’t stand it. I am sure it showed. By the time I planted a new church, in 1972, I gave my last such appeal. I have never regretted it, not once.

Later I studied the history and theology of

By |February 2nd, 2011|Categories: American Evangelicalism, Humor|

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