Did They Walk Into a Bar?

The pope has now concluded his visit to the Holy Land. My own trip was moved earlier to avoid having places be closed in preeparation for his visit. Apart from the “upper room,” traditional site of the last supper, which is over the traditional site of the tomb of David, we did not experience any [Read More...]

Just Like Santa and the Tooth Fairy

Two boys are exiting Sunday school class. One of them asks the other, “Do you think there really is a Satan?” The other says, “I'm not sure, but I think maybe he is like Santa and the tooth fairy – it is probably actually your dad!”     [Read more...]

Just Kidding

This cartoon makes a serious point. Deciphering the nuances of ancient communication, in particular things like humor, is challenging.   [Read more...]

Responding to Racism

Someone I know shared this “joke” on Facebook. I left a comment expressing my disappointment that they had shared it, since it seemed to me to have racist overtones. Let me share it and see whether others get the same impression, before I say more. Flying on Air Force One, Obama looked at Oprah, chuckled [Read More...]

Literalism Humor

Joke-teller: So Ken Ham, Al Mohler, and Pat Robertson walk into a bar… Literalist:┬áReally?!     And for those who don’t face the challenges that literalists do (or should) with humor, there’s this: [Read more...]

Rick Warren Needs ContextBot

XKCD has what Rick Warren and many others need…   [Read more...]

More Mythicism around the Blogosphere

There seems to be quite a bit of buzz about mythicism in the blogosphere. Today’s round-up starts with another post by Joseph Hoffmann on the topic, which begins with the following statement: The train crash that is modern mythicism is built on the train crash that was earlier mythicism. The chance of the crash happening [Read More...]

Palm Sunday, April 1, circa AD 33

It was a clear indication of Jesus’ genuine humanity that he didn’t always know when he was taking a joke too far… [Read more...]

Could God Get Tenure?

I came across a bit of educational humor which I thought might be worth sharing, and reflecting on: Publish or Perish : Ever wonder why God never received a permanent job at a good university? The Reasons : 1. He had only one major publication and it had no references. 2. Some people doubt that [Read More...]

What if This is All there Is? What if I’m not Right?

John Hobbins shared this story which he heard at AAR/SBL in San Francisco, and I thought it was worth passing on (it is apparently a variation on a joke told by Stephen Colbert): A guy commits suicide. And he goes to heaven, which is not what he expected. God greets him there, and the guy [Read More...]


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