• A cop pulls a guy over for driving erratically.
“Your eyes are awfully red. Have you been drinking?”
“Gee, officer,” the man says. “Your eyes are awfully glazed — have you been eating doughnuts?”
• A man named Joshua was arrested in the deep south for making corn whiskey. When he appeared in court before the judge, the man looked down from the bench, smirked, and asked, “Joshua, huh? Are you the Joshua who made the sun stand still?” The defendant looked up at the judge, and very respectfully replied, “No, sir. I’m the Joshua who made the moonshine still.”
• I’ve told a duck joke here before, and I guess my daughter enjoyed it, but I forgot about it. Earlier this week:
Her: Tell me the duck joke!
Me: I don’t know any… oh, you want to hear the duck joke?
Me: (smacking her upside the back of her head) You forgot to duck!
There ensued many offers to tell the duck joke, a la, “You wanna hear the duck joke?” It made the rounds of her class at school the next day, and apparently sometime after one of the students asked the teacher if she wanted to hear the duck joke, it was banned from the classroom. I plead ignorance of the whole affair.
Well, on to the linkage then:
- A free public service for the next time you get really messed up about the date.
- Grace reviews Post-Charismatic?
- Mark Sayers: The Church and Postmodernism? What about the Church and Modernism? — postmodernism is not that new, and the church hasn’t finished responding to modernism yet.
- Kung Fu Election — a hilarious game, via MarkO. That Sarah Palin is a formidible candidate… she kept shooting me, which I didn’t think was very sporting. And as inane as the premise is, I found Bible Fight (via Matt Stone) to be strangely addictive.
- Emerging Church: Recent English Language Voices on the Transition — a TSK global around-the-room of global opinions
- What could a development economist buy for $700 billion? — lots o’ links and stats on the $700B and the perspective of global aid, via Mike Todd.
- Belated, as the Feast of St. Francis was a week ago today: Happy Feast of St. Francis Day and On the feast day of St. Francis
- Sometimes a phrase just strikes me: “Our hope is to culturally exegete American political culture.” click through to the online exegesis.
- The Leadership Structure of Earliest Christianity– Was it Hierarchial? BW3 says yes. I’m really outgunned if I want to disagree with BW3 on the milieu of the early church, but I think there may be some serious presuppositions as to what “heirarchical” meant in a context where “the first shall be last and the last shall be first” and apostles are “on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena.” The real question is whether hierarchy must necessarily presuppose authority. I have a suspicion that perhaps it might not, as mutual submission seems to be a bit of a valued point in the early church as described by Paul.
- JR Briggs has a coffeeshop conversation that to me was reminiscent of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Excellent.
- Bob Hyatt points out a new “Personal Promise Bible” you can order that inserts your own name in the text at the relevant locations. I suggest ordering this version. Excerpt: “By which He has granted to you, you idiot, His precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you, you idiot, may become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2 Pet. 1:4)”
- Ryan Bolger gets new digs
- The Rescue Parade is still growing.
- Paul Fromont: seven transitions that characterize the emerging culture of post-Christendom
- Another pro-life, pro-Obama position (via Brian McLaren). Still with US-ian politics, Obama Hung in Effigy at Christian College — which is utterly sick. Thankfully the campaign is in the home stretch now. It also came out last week that McCain would be 14% likely to die in office during a first term, and 33% likely to die in office by the end of a second term. A one-in-three chance of “President Palin”? Matt Damon gets the stat wrong, but not the reaction. I’m thinking that in choosing-and-using Palin as a running mate for political ends, McCain is kinda saying, “Screw the country — I’ll be dead anyway.” Yeah, I’m gonna get flamed for that ;^) But really, even CNN discusses the fact that SNL didn’t need to re-write the script to take shots at her in the Couric interview. Then there’s the Sarah Palin Debate Flowchart. And by the way, Sarah Palin shall henceforth be known as “The Embarracuda.” Thank-you, Joe Klein. I think this nickname won out over “Gidget.” Oh, and here are the debates, Wordled. I would have expected to see “maverick” and “and also” show up much larger in one of those images. Meanwhile, she’s thinking about appearing on SNL to spoof Tina Fey… that’d be worth seeing, maybe she’s a better actress in that setting. It’s been discovered that she’s quite the poet (which makes her look smarter). Oh, and did you hear that Sarah Palin is like the biblical Esther? No, really. It’s prophetic-intercessory stuff.
- Are you following the blog tour for Ed Cyzewski’s new book, Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life?
- The Greed Creed
- Innane money-grubbing schlepp Bernie Ecclestone has dropped the Canadian Grand Prix for 2009, with no explanation. It’ll cost Montreal $75Million. I say we dump Bernie and start building our own cars.
- Evangelicalism: One Stock That Needs To Drop
- Wess Daniels has some resources for new Seminarians
- How to have cross-traditional theological conversation that truly edifies (through church signs)
- Visualising the Bible — way cool image.
- On Not Forsaking Denominations: Can Established Traditions Birth Emerging Churches/Missional Communities? — David Fitch’s preamble to his thoughts On Being an Emerging Church in the Christian and Missionary Alliance
- How-to guides and creative ideas for Pumpkin Carving
- Browse the Artifacts of Geek History in Jay Walker’s Library — hands down, the coolest personal library ever.
- Sojourners is turning their focus to A Pastoral Strategy for an Economic Crisis; meanwhile, Christine Sine reflects on living in uncertain times.
- Things to make you choke on your scone.