Real Humor is Always Good for the Soul

John ArmstrongHumor4 Comments

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 … Read More

A Little Humor From Chicago in Wintertime

John ArmstrongHumor9 Comments

“Windy City Temperature Conversion Chart” 60 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 … Read More

What Is the Difference Between Complete and Finished?

John ArmstrongHumor

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 … Read More

A Book on Theology (Humor)

John ArmstrongHumor, Theology

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 … Read More

First in Our Household

John ArmstrongHumor, Personal

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. … Read More

Reformation Day: How Far Does the Fall Go?

John ArmstrongHistory, Humor

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 … Read More

How We See One Another

John ArmstrongHumor, Unity of the Church

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 … Read More

Neo: My Star Dachshund

John ArmstrongHumor, Personal

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 … Read More

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

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Humor, Islam, Missional-Ecumenism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Theology, Unity of the Church

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 … Read More

A Little Humor About the American Altar Call

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Humor

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 … Read More