Comic Belief: Home Alone

Life has different stages. Someone has said there are four stages of life: You believe in Santa Claus; you don’t believe in Santa Claus; you are Santa Claus; and you look like Santa Claus. My wife and I are at the empty-nest stage. That’s kind of in between being Santa and looking like him. It […]

Comic Belief: The Two O’Clock Bus

A sports team was in the middle of a terrible losing streak when the manager called a meeting and said, “There will be two buses leaving the hotel for the ballpark tomorrow. The two o’clock bus is for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus leaves at five o’clock.” In […]

Comic Belief: For a Fresh Start, Take Dead Aim

I like New Year’s Day. It’s a new year, and I’m glad. As a matter of fact, I stayed up New Year’s Eve just to make sure the old year left and to address a few Christmas cards. I do procrastinate a little. But there is also a down side to a new year. For […]

Comic Belief: Happy Landing

I’m not afraid of flying — I’m afraid of crashing. I have traveled for many years and have been in more hotel rooms than Gideon’s Bible. Usually, I was speaking at churches. That meant cheap hotels and cheap airfares. That means you fly first-class only if you are baggage. What is the deal about first-class […]

Comic Belief: Don’t Be a Carbon Copy

God loves you and has a plan for your life. The problem is, other people who don’t love you also have a plan for your life. It’s pretty tough being what God designed you to be — especially among people who seem to think God made all of us as divine duplicates. When my wife […]

Comic Belief: Do You Understand Me?

It’s hard for kids to understand church. One little boy went to see a musical called “Mr. Salty.” He loved the musical and he loved Mr. Salty. The next Sunday in church he got extremely angry and left the building. When his mother found him he had tears in his eyes and said, “I hate […]

Comic Belief: Family Trips

We took many family trips. The other day I was thinking about root canals, leprosy, IRS audits and family trips. I think it was Churchill who said, “We have fought in the valleys, by the rivers, and on the mountain.” That sounds a lot like some of our family trips. First of all, I have […]

Comic Belief: Leave It to Beaver

A college president friend of mine called and asked me, “Do you believe in free speech?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Good. Do you believe in education?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Good. I want you to make a free speech for education at my university.” On this particular occasion I agreed. One of the […]

Comic Belief: Free Ties

My oldest daughter went to a private university. Private universities don’t charge tuition. They just say, “Send all the money you have.” And they had taken all I had. During these college days, I had a speaking engagement and was hoping for a good honorarium to help me pay for the tuition. But when my […]

Comic Belief: What if There Is No Cure?

What if the remedy doesn’t work? I heard about a farmer whose chickens were dying. He called the agricultural agent and said, “I had 600 chickens and now I’m down to 300. They’re all dying. What do I do?” The agent said, “You need to give them penicillin.” A few days later he told the […]