Tag Archives: Humor

You Had To Be There

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This post is part of the July Synchroblog which invites bloggers to tell a story about a favorite prank … either one you pulled, one that was pulled on you or one you know about. (If this is your first time to learn about the synchroblog it might be good to know that we typically cover more serious subjects but once or twice a year we choose a more light hearted theme like this.)

As I started to write about a favorite prank I realized two things:  (1) I don’t have that much experience with pranks … neither pranking nor being pranked.  (2) Pranks lose a lot of humor in the telling … in other words it is one of those things that fall into the “you had to be there” category.

There were a few pranks that I thought of that would have been funny if I would have had a video of the prank because one of the funniest things about most pranks is the reaction of the person being pranked.

Soooooo … I went looking for a video of a really good prank because a video is almost like “being there”.

I found quite a few that had me ROTFL. I finally decided on one I thought was not only funny, but unique and creative. It is an “Easter Prank” some college guys played on some college gals.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (I first watched it during my lunch hour at work and had trouble stifling my laugh so I wouldn’t disturb the people around me. :>)

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Be sure and check out the other July Synchroblog posts:

(I’ll add the links as soon as they are available)

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A Spoonful of Sugar

This post is part of the May Synchroblog: Lighten Up: The Art of Laughter, Joy & Letting Go.  I’ll put the links to the other contributions at the end of this post as soon as they are available. 

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I’ll admit that I can take myself too seriously – so, in the spirit of lightening up for this month’s synchroblog I am going to share some movie clips that make fun of Christians because being able to laugh at oneself takes honesty and humility which is stuff that I always need more of.

Studies have even shown that people who laugh at themselves are more optimistic, more cheerful and healthier. 

Who knows – if we allow ourselves to laugh at the way we distort what it means to be a Christian we might even get a kick start in the spiritual transformation area. 

So, lighten up and laugh at yourself a little – it’s like taking a dose of humility with a spoonful of sugar.

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Did you ever see the movie Saved?  I remember when it came out and some Christian’s were upset.  My son, who was a teenager at the time, commented to me that he thought the movie did a good job of using humor and exaggeration to point out some common mistakes that Christians and Christian communities often make.  He actually made the remark “we should learn to laugh at ourselves”.  I ended up watching the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it … and thanks to my son’s wisdom I was able to laugh and that led to me being able to look at myself more honestly than I was accustomed to doing.      Here’s a trailer and a couple of great moments from the movie:

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Some of my favorite movies weren’t box office hits and The Good Girl is on my favorite list.  It’s a dark comedy about a depressed woman stuck in an abusive marriage.  She works at the local discount store, “Retail Rodeo”, with a bunch of funny misfits.  One of my favorite scenes is when the store’s goofy security guard invites Justine (the main character played by Jennifer Aniston) to come to the weekly bible study at his church.  “I like to keep my nights to myself,” she explains to him, as a polite way to decline his offer. “Well, maybe you’ll have night after night of eternal hellfire all to yourself,” he quickly responds and then, after pausing, adds, “just kidding you.”  The scene is in this trailer.  I hope you get a kick out of it.

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I think it would be impossible to make a list of movie moments that make fun of Christians without including Ricky Bobby’s prayer to Baby Jesus from Talladega Nights.  It is the perfect reminder that we all have a tendency to make Jesus into someone he isn’t.

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Now that wasn’t too painful was it?

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Here is a list of other synchrobloggers writing on the same topic this month:

Have You Inhaled Demon Spirits?

This post is part of the September Synchroblog: “The Devil Made Me Do It” in which we were invited to write about any weird, whacky or just plain different things we’ve heard taught about Satan.

I’ve heard a lot of things that were supposed to be “of the devil” over the years.

Rock Music

Mental Disorders

Secular Colleges

Same Sex Relationships

Yoga

Halloween

Computers

Infertility

Video Games

Harry Potter

Depression

Natural Disasters

Cancelling MidWeekChurchService

To be honest with you I don’t believe that Satan is an actual entity.  I tend to think of Satan more as a metaphor of our ability (or freedom to choose) to do evil, to lie and believe lies, to reject goodness, to hate, to neglect doing good etc.  However, there are many Christians who do believe that Satan is an actual entity – a fallen angel who rebelled against God and spends his time trying to keep people from knowing they are loved and accepted by God.  Personally I feel that we are all very proficient at doing that to ourselves and each other… and therefore, if Satan does actually exist, I can’t imagine that there is much to keep him busy since people appear to be doing his work for him.

Most people I know who believe that Satan is an actual entity don’t go around saying that the devil made them do this or that, or warning people to avoid so and so because it is of the devil.  Most people I know who believe that Satan is an actual entity seem to have the attitude that if they follow in the way of Jesus, believe that God loves them and practice loving others they don’t have to worry much about Satan … but every once in a while you run across someone saying something that is way out there about Satan, the devil and/or demonic spirits.

For example, can you believe there are people who have taken the time to record President Obama talking in reverse???? There are those that say President Obama is Satan, or the son of Satan, or the warm-up act of Satan … or at the very least that he likes Satan.  They know this because when you listen to him say “Yes, we can!” in reverse it sounds like “Thank you, Satan.”  What more proof do you need?

And then there is Michelle Bachmann who says (although now that she is running for President she doesn’t want to talk about it) that calling people who are sexually attracted to the same sex “gay” is “a part of satan” and that people who are in same sex relationships are “enslaved” and/or “in bondage” (which is Christianese for serving Satan):

And we can’t forget about Pat Robertson (he seems to know a lot about the devil) talking about people who practice martial arts and how they get some kind of super strength from inhaling demon spirits:

Have you ever inhaled demon spirits? Did it give you super strength?  I’d really love to hear from someone who has some experience with this?

If you don’t have a story to share about inhaling demon spirits just tell me about something wacky you’ve heard about the devil.

 

Here is the list of others who participated in this month’s synchroblog.  Check them out!

Jeremy Myers at Till He Comes – The Devil Made Me Go To Church

K.W. Leslie at More Christ – Devilish Misinformation

Marta Layton at Fidesquarens – The Christian Jihad

Sonnie Swenston-Forbes at A Piece Of My Mind – The Devil Made Me Do It

Bill Sahlman at Creative Reflections – The [one who will go unnamed] Made Me Do It 

Kathy Escobar at kathy escobar – the stranger (who’s a little too familiar) & the shepherd

Liz Dyer at Grace Rules – Have You Inhaled Demon Spirits?

Leah Chang at desert spirit’s fire – devils, demons, et al

Dear God From The Dog

Dear God:  Is it on purpose our names are the same, only reversed?

Dear God:  Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?

Dear God:  When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it still the same old story?

Dear God:  Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not ONE named for a Dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We do love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the ‘Chrysler Eagle’ the ‘Chrysler Beagle’?

Dear God:  If a Dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad Dog?

Dear God: We Dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID’s, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?

 

Dear God:  More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Dear God:  Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?

Dear God:  Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good Dog.

1. I will not eat the cats’ food before they eat it or after they throw it up.

2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.

3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar.

4. The sofa is not a ‘face towel’.

5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

6. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when he’s on the toilet.

7.  Sticking my nose into someone’s crotch is an unacceptable way of saying ‘hello’.

8. I don’t need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m under the coffee table

9. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house – not after.

10. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the Capet.

11. The cat is not a ‘squeaky toy’ so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it’s usually not a good thing.

 

Three Things Tuesday – Race, Inception and Following Jesus

#1  There’s a new blog “Ethnic, Space and Faith” that is worth the time.  Randy Woodley, the author of Living In Color, is the author and his new blog is a continued attempt to promote ethnic space in faith.   The tag line is “we have no color lines”.  IMO this is important work that is very much needed.

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#2 I saw Inception on opening weekend.  I thought it was the best movie I’ve seen all year and it didn’t stop giving when the final credits rolled … because it is one of those movies that keeps everyone talking.  There are theories being posted all over the net.  Here is one that is getting a lot of attention.

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#3 Josh Harris has a very funny cartoon about how the phrase “following Jesus” might be confusing to some.

Three Things Tuesday

(1)  This is hilarious no matter what you believe.

(2)   “the Bible explains the mystery of Christ’s work in a whole ‘kaleidoscope’ of models, metaphors, theories or stories of salvation, each reflecting a different aspect of this very deep and far reaching problem of ‘sin’ in us and in this world” – Steve Burnhope.

For those of us who have struggled with reconciling the theory of penal substitution with a God of love the idea that there is more than one legitimate atonement theory is a sigh of relief.

Check out this article:

Steve Burnhope: “Culture, Worldview and the Cross: Penal Substitutionary Atonement and 21st Century Mission”

(3)  I thought this was an interesting graph showing the National Debt as a percent of GDP.   Not only does it give a better perspective of our national debt than just throwing a dollar figure out there but I thought it was surprising to find out that the National Debt as a percent of GDP has increased mostly under the Republican Party during the last 60 years.

Random Thoughts

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(A friend sent these to me via email today)

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this — ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “What would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the hell do I respond to that?

19. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

20. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.