the thinkerThis is going to be a busy weekend because it is my 105th class reunion from Wheaton College. I am looking forward to having about 20 of my old football buddies (and their wives) at my house on Saturday for doing up some “bangers on the barbie”- that’s Australian for a cookout. I spent some money reinforcing my deck so it will hold all that weight (not their wives). Then on Tuesday, I fly to Ethiopia for a week with Compassion International. All of that said, whenever I get overwhelmed with things I usually take them to the mat with God – that’s wrestling lingo for earnest prayer (Phil. 4:6, 7). And then I take a little time to just let my mind wander and my thoughts wonder about the mysteries of the universe. I would like to share with you some of the enigmas I have been contemplating lately; perhaps you have a few more you could share with me.

Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?
Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery?”
Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?
Why is a boxing ring square?
Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?
Why is it considered necessary to nail down the lid of a coffin?
Why is it that doctors call what they do “practice”?
Why are vegetarians allowed to eat animal crackers?
Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?
Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is it impossible to swallow and spit at the same time?
Why isn’t there a mouse-flavored cat food?
You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can’t they make the whole plane out of the same substance? (Especially Ethiopian airplanes)
Why does God love someone like me?

Just a few thoughts- I guess you can tell its Friday.

The Humor of Jesus

We know the Bible is not a joke book. In fact, it is very serious about the deadly consequences of our sin and our stubborn refusal to accept God’s redemptive mercy toward us in Christ. All of that said, the Bible does have its share of Holy Humor. We are never told whether Jesus laughed or smiled, but it is hard to picture his personality as anything but winsome and attractive. It does not take a stretch to believe that Jesus had a well-developed sense of humor. It veritably shines through his words and actions. For instance, Jesus once pictured the religious legalists of his day being like a man who so carefully polished the outside of his drinking cup while forgetting to clean out the crud on the inside (Matthew 23:25). He also pictured these religionists as people who carefully picked flies out of their drinks while proceeding to swallow camels (Matthew 23:24). Can you imagine that scene in your mind? Continue reading “The Humor of Jesus”

Laughter: the Hiccup of a Fool?

Laughter has gotten a bad rap in the past. Charles Baudelaire in his The Essence of Laughter (1855) said, “Laughter is satanic, and, therefore, profoundly human. It is born of Man’s conception of his own superiority… It is at once a sign of infinite grandeur and of infinite wretchedness.” Also John Ray, in his English Proverbs (1670), claimed that “laughter is the hiccup of a fool.” In contrast, I like what George Macdonald had to say in Sir Gibbie(1879): “It is the heart that is not yet sure of its God that is afraid to laugh in His presence.” Chuck Swindoll had this to say in his article The Winsome Witness. (Winsome = win some?), “If you ask me, I think it is often just as sacred to laugh as it is to pray . . . or preach . . . or witness. But then – laughter is a witness in many ways. We have been misled by a twisted, unbalanced mind if we have come to think of laughter and fun as being carnal or even questionable.” Continue reading “Laughter: the Hiccup of a Fool?”