Comic Belief: Nifty at Fifty

It finally happened. I got my invitation to join AARP (the American Association of the Really Pooped, or something like that). It’s the autumn of life, and everything seems to be heading south. My hair now comes out of my ears instead of the top of my head. There appears to be more sand in […]

Comic Belief: Get the Connection?

My wife and I periodically take a personality inventory in which one can score either as a thinker or as a feeler. It shows whether you make decisions with your head or your heart. Thinkers and feelers gravitate to different kinds of occupations. A pastor, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for […]

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 […]