Nudge: What kind of sense of humor do you have?

Sense of humorMaybe the first question should be, do you have a sense of humor? Then, if yes, what kind of a sense of humor do you have?

There are good and bad styles of humor, says PsychToday. But we’re thinking more in terms of types, like dry or slapstick.

Is there any correlation between humor and spirituality? Hmm.

#nudge, #sense-of-humor

Something I’ve stopped doing recently

Answering nudges effectively! 🙂

[seriously, I’m with Chad on this one]

#nudge, #stopped


The nudge asks for something one has stopped doing recently. It occurs to me that I can’t think of a thing; I did some cutting back, but nothing comes to mind as having been a complete cessation. Perhaps I should think of something to give up…might be to my betterment.


Nudge: Something you’ve stopped doing recently

Hello, friends and TFR Fellows! Here’s a Nudge from nowhere for you to ponder and answer: Tell us about something you’ve stopped doing in recent days or weeks. It could be something as innocent as playing tiddlywinks or watching some dorky TV program (sorry, that was redundant). Or you might want to delve deeper into your psyche to dish up some serious habit or practice that was doing you in. Do give us a why as well. And if there’s a lesson in it somewhere, all the better.

TFR Fellows are reminded to please place your replies in a new post, unless it’s a one-word answer, which would be a shame. Other friends and visitors can reply in the comments section below.

#habits, #nudge

Nudge: What must the wise know beforehand?

I read this in some recent research: “The wise man must not know after but know before.” —Epicharmus (460 BC), cited in C. Spicq, TLNT, 2:472

I used it on my blog, also, but here’s a question for you to answer in the comments or, if you’re a long-winded Fellow (which is a good thing), in a separate TFR post: What must the wise man know beforehand?

Yup, I made a Nudge out of it.

#knowledge, #nudge, #wisdom

Nudge: worth remembering


What have you done lately that’s worth remembering? Worth adding to your treasury of memories? Worth telling your grandkids about a few decades down the road?

It could be a trip, a good deed, a funny event, an important step in your life, a new habit begun, or an old one surrendered.

The Nudge is back today with a singular question.

I pray you have something to share.

If not, make a memory, as they say. Embark on a new venture.

#family, #memories, #nudge

Nudge: Surprised to learn

Part of the process of getting to know another person is learning more about him, facts, history, likes and dislikes, hobbies, experiences.

What is one of the things about you that people are surprised to learn?

#nudge, #relationships, #surprises


Replying to the nudge, I had two primary responses. First, my response was toward the audacity of the man and his disregard and convoluted manipulation toward his mishandling of Scripture. That he was a sincere man, I think, no one will doubt. But, as with Paul during a time in his life, this man was (is) sincerely wrong and his life is nearly over! Second, apart from him being a false teacher, I regard the situation with sympathy. He is an old man, and I am sympathetic toward older people, especially those sincerely driven. I have sympathy toward all those that he has led (and continues to lead) astray. How can one not?! Yes, I know, each one is responsible to the Lord for himself, but still…

I have taken this situation and tried to make some application in my life. I have given myself a responsibility to be sure to oppose error within the pages of the newspaper via the editorial page. In a small community opportunity is afforded me that may not be given to others; I will take advantage of that.

#emotional-response, #error, #nudge

Daily Nudge: off this week

Friends, the last several nudges have had few or no responses. So let’s take off this week from the Daily Nudge and see how we do.

If you really, really need a nudge, check Saturday’s, or previous ones. As always, the tags provide the navigation.


Weekend Nudge: Challenge to be like God

Since I’m teaching today on the Theology of the Pattern, that suggests a question: Tell us today on TFR which aspect of the divine example you find most challenging. See this list from Nave’s Topical Bible for areas in which both God and Jesus are to be our example, and choose your most daunting quality. (Scroll down just a tad.)

Please pray for me as I teach this afternoon, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. (Brasília time). Beside our local folk, people are coming from at least three different cities here in Sao Paulo and from a different state to attend. May the material be of great use to these fine saints.

One of the points is that God is the architect and builder of the universe, and he has not left us to build in his kingdom without plans. We are to be like him in this also. This reflects the principle of being like God and like Christ.

#be-holy, #example, #imitation-of-christ, #imitation-of-god, #nudge


The NUDGE prompts us to consider/remember a confrontation to one who teaches falsely. Not unlike many on the list who will provide and read, I have had many opportunities to confront error. Just this morning I cut and pasted a brother’s remark (who is well into his golden years, and knew Foy Wallace) relative to Colossians 2:14 did not (and does not) teach that the Law of Moses has been nailed to the cross.

The first thing I will do is thoroughly read his position paper on this, respectfully taking notes (without impugning his genuine motives). Then when I write something – because I will write an article on it – I will be sure that I am charitable in my remarks, but firm.

If this were in a Bible class, my approach would be one of respectful hearing and then polite guiding. In a public gathering, I try to minimize any kind of unsettling if I can. If a brother is insistent on being unsettled, then I will figure my way through it.

I write of this because I have observed that, for some, at the first sight of “error” there is a line drawn in the sand. I would like to think that people do not hold to error because they KNOW it is error – they genuinely believe it to be the truth. Take for instance the recent link/post from the UMC professor. I will do what I can to minimize any public embarrassment, but if one is insistent on something that is plainly and explicitly error, then I will grow more firm in my response.

#confrontation, #error, #nudge

Daily Nudge: Confronting false teaching

In our reading today in Acts 13, Saul, called Paul, confronts Bar-Jesus the false prophet. It is at this point in the narrative that the group is called “Paul and his companions,” rather than Barnabas and Saul, so it appears to be an important juncture in the story. It is practically the only work for which John Mark is present as well, since the preaching to Sergius Paulus is framed by the comment that John was their assistant and that he leaves them as they depart Cyprus for Pamphylia. On to the Nudge …

Tell about a moment when you either confronted false teaching or witnessed it being done. I’m not thinking so much of a formal debate, as a moment of evangelism, as in Acts 13, or perhaps edification.

#confrontations, #false-teaching, #nudge

Daily Nudge: which NT church?

The post title may sound like a progressive challenge, but you know me better than that. Today’s Nudge asks which congregation in the New Testament you find most intriguing, most interesting, most fascinating. Jerusalem? Antioch? Corinth? Berea? Rome? Samaria?

There are plenty enough to choose from. Following the spread of the gospel in the book of Acts, on our NT plan, we’re reading about a number of them, so the question suggested itself in the midst of the history of the early church. And there’s more to come!


#new-testament-churches, #nudge

Daily Nudge: Unexpected conversion

Have you ever seen someone become a Christian that you thought would be the last person in the world to follow the Lord? People thought that in the New Testament, too. Saul’s conversion couldn’t have been real; it must have been a ruse to get inside the Christian community.

So tell us, for today’s Nudge, about this unexpected conversion you witnessed.

#nudge, #surprising-conversions

Daily Nudge: Slow to catch on

Peter recoils from the visionIn our reading today in Acts 10, it took Peter a while to figure out the lesson of the vision. Not until he was at Cornelius’ house, after he had asked why he had been summoned, and the centurion explained, did he finally get it. “Ah, now I understand,” he says in Acts 10:34.

Finally! In Acts 2 in his sermon on Pentecost, he’d even referred to the gospel as being for all, but not until he’s eyeballing Cornelius and family, who look at him to start his sermon, does he come to the realization.

I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him. Acts 10:34-35 NET

So here’s the Nudge: name a moment when you delayed to understand some principle, truth, or wisdom of God. When you were slow to catch on. This is a bit different than the “aha” moment we asked about earlier. Here, we’re more interested in the truth than in the sudden illumination. It might have been a slow process, as was Peter’s.

The neat bronze image comes from this site.

#comprehension, #knowledge, #nudge, #slow-to-understand, #understanding