Grady again

It never ceases to amaze me that I still get comments on a post I made two years ago about the late Rev. Grady Nutt. I got one as recently as tonight. I must turn up when people do a Google search. If you’re looking for actual information about Grady, however, you need to go to this excellent tribute page.

I mentioned in a previous post that I planned to check out some of the “Hee Haw” marathon this weekend on CMT. It has a heavy nostalgia factor for me — we used to watch every Saturday night when I was growing up. Anyway, the episode that just started was from the era in the early 1980s when Grady was a cast member. I just caught him doing a one-liner. However, since Jerry Clower is a guest star on this episode I’m afraid it probably won’t feature Grady doing any extended stories.

UPDATE: Shows what I get for thinking — Grady did a story after all, a cute one I’d heard before about a pastor chiding a farmer for not tithing.

Laughing out loud

I don’t normally pass along jokes here, but this was too good to pass up.

A priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn’t really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.

One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment They would each go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it.

Seven days later, they’re all together to discuss the experience.

Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first.

“Well,” he says, “I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to confirm him and give him first communion.”

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire and brimstone oratory he claimed, “WELL brothers, you KNOW that we don’t sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God’s HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quick DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus.”

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed.

He was in a body cast and traction with IV’s and monitors running in and out of him. He was in bad shape.

The rabbi looks up and says, “Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start.”

The Door

I got my contributing editor’s copies of the new Wittenburg Door today. Lots of good stuff, including an interview with Eugene “The Message” Peterson. Unfortunately, I not only don’t have any stuff in this issue I don’t really have anything on the drawing board last night. I tried to pitch an interview back in February but never heard anything back. I’ve re-sent that request in case there was an e-mail problem. (I’m relatively sure I sent an e-mail, but I can’t find a copy in my “sent mail” folder, so maybe I didn’t, or closed the window instead of sending, or some other such foolishness. And even if I sent it, that doesn’t guarantee that the magazine received it.)

Dropping Bibles on the starving

I am happy to say that this bit of satire, from The Onion, is not representative of the mission groups I’ve been involved with, and (unlike The Onion’s usually-fine work, even when directed against the church) it’s probably too heavy-handed to be good satire. Then again, I have talked to a few Christians who seem to think that evangelism is always Job One, and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs goes out the window.

Dennis Swanberg

The Dennis Swanberg show tonight at First Baptist Church was a real hoot, full of genuine belly laughs and good clean fun.

I’d been hoping Swanberg would do his dead-solid-perfect Billy Graham impression; I didn’t know him well enough to know if that was one of his trademarks or not. It is, and he not only did it he told a hilarious story about what happened when he got the chance to perform for Billy Graham and his staff.

A nice evening.

(Note to the extremely picky: I’m going to put this post in my “Wittenburg Door” category even though it has nothing to do with the Door, just because it relates to religious humor.)

The cartoon church

Dave Walker is a terrrific cartoonist who works with Christian themes. He’s launched a new site, The Cartoon Church, to showcase his work. You can view it online or purchase it for use in your own church publications. (Prices are in pounds UK, so check the exchange rate first.) There’s also a blog associated with the site. Check it out, won’t you?