I have been a stand up comedy fan for years. One of my first albums was a Bill Cosby and eventually I discovered Mike Warnke, a Christian comedian. Not the best choices, in retrospect. If you have been following the news at all you know about Cosby, but Warnke too was discredited, decades ago. Christian comedy may seem like an oxymoron, yet there are some very humorous folks out there and often with poignant observations. This […]
This is great. I will have to remember it the next time a baby is crying while I am preaching. HT: Jody Howard We have all heard the baby crying in church when the priest was speaking. Not all, however, have read Father Conroy’s book, “A Mill Town Pastor,” nor his delightful telling of a similar experience. “There are two of us preaching in this church at once,” said the pastor, “and I don’t know […]
Some will find these offensive and in poor taste. I would suggest that it is no more so than the vast majority of vapid sentiments found on the usual sympathy and support cards. These represent real life and the real struggle that people with serious illness and grief are wrestling with. I encourage you to take a look at Emily McDowell’s site and see for yourself. Here is a sampling of two. (She also has […]
I don’t really have an essay to write on the subject yet. I just wanted to use this Berger & Wyse comic. I could, of course, write something quite long on the subject, but for the moment I will simply say this: If you are considering a doctoral program and becoming a faculty member, do it because you love it.
When I first heard about this challenge, pour a bucket of ice water on your head or donate to the ALS foundation, I asked For the ALS #icebucketchallenge to work, shouldn’t there be fewer videos and more $100 checks? — The Dean (@shcdean) August 10, 2014 I actually received a few tweets back decrying my nay saying. It was working, people have been donating in huge sums. In fact, over $1.3M (I misspoke when I said 1.8, but […]
If you are like the majority of the world you have been following the World Cup. The US played remarkably well this past week and has a tough battle with Portugal this Sunday. What has perhaps impressed me even more, however is ESPN/ABCs coverage of the WC. It really has been very good with some great commentators. In the evening the former German captain Michael Ballack is at the table and I had a realization: […]
The idea for this post came not really so much from reflecting upon the process of selecting Mack’s headstone, but on some recent conversations. People have a habit of using the phrase “I want my obituary to say…” as a way to express the impetus or motivation for their actions in life. “I want my obituary to say that I was willing to take risks to help others.” “I want my obituary to read, ‘From […]
We had all misinterpreted the Book of Revelations [sic], Jesus and Mr. Satin Satan, the Breaking Beast, will have a breakdancing battle! Armageddon is really a valley-wide floor of cut up cardboard boxes. Or in other words, since I cannot un-see this I want you to share my pain. Thanks (complaints) to Dan Piraro for finding this gem. Attributions to whomever is brave enough to claim creative rights. (Imagining him doing a gyro with no […]