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  • Richard Mansel 4:29 pm on 2012-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge, Nudge, Smirk, Smirk 

    Randal asked if we have a sense of humor. I’ve been told I have a good one. I love humor and can’t resist it. I have funny thoughts running through my head most of the time.

    I have what is called a dry sense of humor that can be described as observational. I can usually rift off of the things I see around me quite easily. I also love witty repartee. It helps to read a lot to have more ammunition.

    I am often thinking of funny replies to what people post on Facebook. But I try to resist. 🙂

    I love puns and smart humor. I see humor in almost everything. I can sit at WalMart or watch TV and think of almost non-stop jokes. I always wanted to be on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

    Crude humor doesn’t have a place with me. In fact, my creed is, “Humor should amuse, not abuse.” I don’t believe in cruel humor because the Golden Rule dictates my life. If I don’t like it, I’m not doing it to others. Hence, I don’t taunt or cruelly mock others because I don’t want them turned on me.

    Getting laughs with crude talk is too easy and therefore pointless. It’s like one comedian said about performing his comedy routine to a drunk audience. “If you make them laugh it doesn’t count. They’re drunk. They’re always laughing.”

    It is disturbing that true humor is almost dead in popular culture. All they have left is the crude, easy joke. I think that either says something about the intelligence of the entertainment business or the public. Or, both.

    I am dismayed that so many people fail to see humor in Scripture. In fact, some people see it as offensive to even suggest that there is humor in God’s Word. It is somehow sacrilegious.

    How can you read Elijah mocking the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), Balaam and the donkey (Numbers 22) and Micaiah and Ahab (1 Kings 22) and a host of others without laughing?

    Job was so frustrated with the rants of his ignorant friends that he said, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!” (Job 12:2). I find this funny but have pointed that out to congregations and they just stare at me. Maybe that says something about my humor.

    Besides women like a man with a sense of humor. Or, so I’ve been told.

     
    • Mike Riley 6:29 pm on 2012-02-09 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, Oh, to have the humor of the dog in the above picture you posted! HA! HA! (:

  • Mike Riley 6:00 pm on 2010-12-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Entertaining At Three 

    This is a story my parents didn’t tell about me, but one I vividly remember myself. From the age of one to six, I often stayed with my grandparents on their farm. When they would take me to the church building on the Lord’s Day, I was like all other kids my age – I was constantly moving in order to not be bored.

    One Sunday, while the preacher was preaching his sermon, I (who was then three years old), stood up and began making all kinds of weird faces (sticking my tongue out, etc.) at the audience seated behind me.

    Needless to say, there was quite a few giggles and some laughter going on. I’m certain that the preacher wondered why his serious biblical message was suddenly turning humorous. Well, it wasn’t too long before my grandparents got “wind” of the situation, and my humor-producing antics came to an abrupt halt.

    My granddad took me to the rear of the auditorium and proceeded to “warm” my backside (no humor there). Needless to say, my day of trying to be a comic suddenly ended – my entertainment career being over. Never again did I make any more faces in the assembly, for which I’m certain the preacher was thankful. 🙂

     
  • Mike Riley 9:39 pm on 2010-07-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.

    Hugh Sidey
     
  • Mike Riley 9:39 pm on 2010-06-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.

    Henri Bergson
     
  • Mike Riley 11:03 pm on 2010-05-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

    Victor Hugo
     
  • Richard Mansel 7:26 pm on 2010-04-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Humor in the Bible is Allowed 

    I have mentioned humor in the Bible and received some skeptical looks. Others seem to be thinking  I had lost my mind. There is so need for that.

    Humor is completely human and Scripture would be remiss not to include it. We laugh, use sarcasm and puns. God does the same thing. If we are a linguist, we will see sarcasm and puns all through Scripture.

    When I studied the book of Job at Freed-Hardeman, Dr. Clyde Woods had a lot of fun with the book. He was deep, penetrating, compassionate and tender.

    He pointed out Job 12:2 and shared how much humor he found in it. Job sarcastically refers to his “friends” and says, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!” I find that to be truly funny. But through the fifteen years that have passed, brethren never laugh at that passage when I mention it. I don’t know if they just don’t get it or they fear that laughing would be sacrilegious. I fear it is a little of both. If it is the latter, we have developed a misunderstanding of God.

    As I have said, I listen to the New Testament on CD and I picture Jesus smiling and laughing often. When Nathanael meets Jesus in John 1:43-51, I imagine Jesus laughing and putting his arm around Nathanael before he says verse 50. Maybe he even walked a little farther and turned and faced him and said verse 51, which was more serious. Anyway, I imagine Jesus laughing. What is wrong with that? Nothing.

    I appreciate the other input the Fellows have given on this nudge. I hope others will add their thoughts. Let us always laugh. It is a gift of God.  🙂

     
  • Mike Riley 11:52 pm on 2010-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.

    Arnold Glasow
     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:01 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    THIS made me laugh.

    It’s making the rounds on Twitter.

     
    • Laura 6:13 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply

    • Mike Riley 7:51 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, this looks like one of the play diagrams of the Dallas Cowboys!! HA!

    • jdh2010 7:20 pm on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve copied this and will distribute it to the church, since members are always dropping food on the floor during our potlucks. I hope you don’t mind. I’ve entitled it, “The Matheny Maxim.”

      • Randal Matheny 8:57 pm on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

        Ha! John, another good one. Though I don’t know if I want to be known for food droppings!

        Sure, have at and have fun!

  • John Henson 4:46 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    What makes me laugh? 

    Up until Sunday, it was the Three Stooges. I loved their slapstick routine. Even though it was always the same, it was still funny to me.

    But on Sunday, after our second afternoon class in prayer, I heard three brethren who had never led a public prayer in their lives lead their first. One of them actually led the closing prayer. It was something simple he had written, but it was beautiful. After he closed and the crowd began talking, I was standing in the back of the auditorium ready to “shake out” the congregation. First, a smile came upon my face as I thought how far this brother had come. Then, I began to chuckle. And, then, I began to laugh.

     
    • Vicki Matheny 5:49 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply

      It is a neat feeling to see someone that has taken either a small step or a giant leap forward!

      • jdh2010 2:35 am on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

        Yes’m it does. It was great for our congregation, but it was also wonderful to see these men smiling the smile of achievement on their faces. They’ve found a way to publicly express their thanksgiving to God. In my world, there can be no greater privilege or joy. Thanks for the comment.

    • Richard Hill 1:49 am on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

      John, I’m with you on Three Stooges (especially Curly), but more importantly I’m talking about your young men stepping into their leadership roles. In the last 5 or 6 months it’s been happening a lot at the Eureka church of Christ.

      First time public scripture reading, leading prayer, table talk at Lord’s Supper and 3 guys divided the sermon time to give sermonettes! I was so proud I thought my buttons were going to pop off! (Proud in a good way, of course. )

      It’s the kind of stuff any elder loves to see from the young men.

      • jdh2010 2:32 am on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

        You’re so right, brother, on both counts. Thanks for your comments.

  • Laura 1:24 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    My children make me laugh! 

    The last hearty laugh I had was when my 17 year old son said something so out of left field and yet so insightful, quippy, and apropos. He just slid it in. It was totally unexpected. I was laughing so hard I was crying! He clearly inherited his paternal grandfather’s dry sense of humor.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 11:17 am on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    I laugh at … 

    … slapstick, if it’s not too exaggerated. Like Richard, I also like the word play. And, the little I watched him — and it was very little because Wife hated it — I loved Mr. Bean. Everybody tells me I have a dry sense of humor (which, being interpreted, means none), so much of the humor I like is the quiet-smile type rather than the knee-slapping guffaw.

     
  • Richard Hill 6:23 pm on 2010-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    “Where’s All That Hair Coming From??” 

    Bill Cosby makes me laugh. My granddaughter makes me laugh. The Millers make me laugh–Ron will understand. Much like Mike, I make myself laugh.

    Randal, did I tell you the story that starts with the line, “Where’s all that hair coming from??” It’s a story about becoming my own barber. Some people think it’s pretty funny. After about a decade, I’m starting to see the humor in it too! 😉

     
    • Randal Matheny 6:44 pm on 2010-01-25 Permalink | Reply

      I’m forgetting details, but you told me the story when I was at your house. I do remember it being a good one. I’m bad at storing the details. Weren’t you in somebody’s wedding once?

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:56 am on 2010-01-25 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bureaucracy, , laughter, ,   

    Starting Monday 

    The Daily Nudge asks the Fellows today, “What makes you laugh?” We’ll do something a bit lighter after the heavier talk about death. A bit of balance, don’t you think?

    Troy Spradlin has made it on board to share with us in a daily one-paragraph (or more, go for it, Troy!) post what they go through and how they feel as they move and get settled in once in Paraguay. They’re only a few days off from departure. We’re thrilled he’s taken this challenge on, in the midst of one of the most hectic and demanding periods of a person’s life.

    I’m also thrilled with the development so far of TFR. The Fellows sparkle with the spirit of Christ.

    The Haitian aftershocks are worrisome to relief efforts. May they remind us to keep victims and relief workers in our prayers. I know of a number of Brazilian congregations sending funds or supplies, including SJCampos.

    It’s a shame that bureaucracy impedes the process in some places. But there are always those who seek personal gain at just such moments. My theory is that bureaucracy doesn’t stop the crooks, just gives them more chance to create holes in the system. Seems that way, anyway.

    What a relief that the law of Christ doesn’t work that way. Perfect in every way, equally just to all, accessible and understandable to all. And not a barbed-wire electric fence but a channel for the power of God to work in every saint.

     
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