Comic Belief: Still on the Phone

Newsweek Magazine says 91 percent of women and 85 percent of men pray. (Of course, 100 percent of golfers pray on the putting green.) Often, our prayers revolve around asking God to bail us out of some mess. We’re like the little girl who prayed, “God, either make Boston the capital of Vermont or lose […]

Comic Belief: On Their List

Have you ever listened to church people talk? You might hear things like: “Good Christians don’t wear make-up” (usually said by those who need to wear it) or “Good Christians wouldn’t have a cigar after dinner” (usually said by someone who eats a half gallon of ice cream for dessert). We all have a list, […]

Comic Belief: What About Bob?

Every church has a few. When we see them we think of that little “Family of God” chorus but change the words to, “I’m surprised you’re a part of the family of God.” God made them fearfully and wonderfully weird. They have the amazing ability to suck the joy right out of the ministry. They’re […]

Comic Belief: We All Need a Friend

Did you know that if you isolate yourself from other people, you are two to three times more likely to die an early death? If you are divorced, separated or widowed, you have a five to 10 times greater chance of being hospitalized for mental disorders than if you are married. Some of you might […]

Comic Belief: I Feel Your Pain

When a first-grader fell on the ice coming into church, the pastor tried to comfort him. “Remember, big boys don’t cry.” “Cry?” he replied, “I’m going to sue.” Do we live in a world where people would rather have money than comfort? Maybe, but we also know that at times we prefer comfort. Are we […]

Comic Belief: Through the Nose, From the Heart

Conceiving a child is gloriously cost-free, but the meter starts to run immediately and never seems to stop. Even the gifts given to me, I buy. My family always tells me they don’t overspend, I just under-deposit. One year for Father’s Day, my card read, “I couldn’t decide what card to give you — your […]

Comic Belief: You’re Wonderful!

Like most families, we went on vacation and drove 500 miles to look for a place that served home-cooked meals. We stopped to get our fix of Southern cooking. Our waiter was service-industry challenged. He couldn’t get anything right. I thought, “If he gets minimum wage, he’s overpaid.” The experts say that an average person […]

Comic Belief: The Gift of Teenagers

What happened? You put them to bed normal, and they wake up weird. They become teenagers. They dress for school, and they look like a Groucho Marx comedy team. You meet their friends and you want to say, “Pick a gender and stick with it, and buy some pants that fit.” What do you do? […]

Comic Belief: To Err Is Human

We all make mistakes. That’s why there are erasers on pencils, reverse gears in cars, delete keys on computers, U-turns and summer school. One of my favorite presidents was Gerald Ford. One reason that I liked him was that he was a lousy golfer. The newscasts often showed clips of people being hit by his […]

Comic Belief: Battling the Blues

Life has its great times, its average times, and its rough times. Mountains always have valleys. The old preacher said, “Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down, and sometimes I’m almost to the ground.” Usually we feel as if we’re on the fast track, and other times on the slow track, but sometimes we feel as […]