Category Archives: Humor

Sleep

Ordinary Time 30/Trinity 20 – Sunday
Feria

You know the feeling you get when you don’t get good quality sleep for many nights and then you hit the sack and don’t wake up for a while?

Especially when the cause of your lack of sleep is worrying about too much crap in your life (namely: work, church and my pathetically low self-esteem and view of myself).

And how your body doesn’t want to sleep even though your mind is screaming out for some respite from being on almost 24/7 for the last few weeks (in my case, 5.5 weeks running).

That was me last night and today.

Now I can’t get to sleep properly tonight after sleeping for 13 hours last night.

Bah, maybe I’ll just go and lie in my bed.

And count sheep.

Can't Sleep
Can't Sleep

Or maybe stare at my alarm clock.

Insomnia
Insomnia

Who knows, I might not even wake up in time for church in the morning.

Meh.

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Incense anyone?

Ordinary Time 21/Trinity 11 – Wednesday

Hat-tip: Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk.

Watch and laugh. And maybe just cry a little bit on the inside too. Or a lot.

I like Fr. Ernesto Obregon’s comment in the comment thread at iMonk.

Fr. Ernesto says:

August 25, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Well, in situations like this, I suggest a healthy dollop of incense, to be used at the time when the socks are being taken off to be flung around.

Indeed. Does anyone have a thurible handy?

I just hope the original songwriter got paid royalties. Lots of royalties.

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More iMonk posts to read

First Tuesday after Pentecost Sunday

Regular readers of this pathetic excuse of a blog (=P) would know that Michael Spencer’s posts give me a lot to chew on.

“Intelligent, honest, searching evangelicalism” is how I’d describe his writing.

Those of you from EMP’s MYF Bible Study group who see this entry, you may want to read these posts after you have finished cramming for your end of semester 1 exams.

More posts of his that warrant your reading (and my re-reading):

Another One Gets Off the Evangelical Bus: Thoughts on A De-Conversion

Ten Guidelines for Interpreting the Gospels

On Being Too God-Centered

What God Has Joined Together: A Study of Grace and Discipleship In The Teaching of Jesus

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Stories of Science/Faith Resolution

Liturgical Gangstas 12: Worship and Evangelism

Adjectives and Calvinists: A Killer Combination (a great commentary given that May contained the anniversary of Calvin’s death)

iMonk 101: Do You Trust The Abbreviated Jesus?

The Jesus Disconnect Series

The Jesus Disconnect (1): What and Why?

The Jesus Disconnect (2): How does the ministry of Jesus fit into our consideration of Jesus?

The Jesus Disconnect (3): Kingdom, Discipleship and Cross

The Jesus Disconnect (4): Paul and J.C. Ryle On Justification, Christian Growth And Christlikeness

The Jesus Disconnect (5): The Processes of Discipleship

And last, but not least, I love some of his ideas for new books to write (plus the comments too):

A Few Book Ideas I’m Working On

His sense of humor is the sort I just “get”.

I know I’d definitely buy “I’m Sick Of All This Purpose Driven Crap” and “Jesus Wants You Rich! And Driving A Porsche! With Two Hot Blonds Inside!

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Music and intelligence

Feast of the Annunciation

I stumbled across this today. The link in there to the real website is even better. It’s great. Hilarious even. Until I see the artists in question. It’s even better given that correlation does not necessarily equate to causation.

But given my wide ranging musical listening interests, does that mean that because I span virtually the entire SAT scoreline (if I was in the US-of-A) from 946 (Jazz) to 1371 (Beethoven) – my “average” SAT score (a badly calculated one that probably wouldn’t be valid statistically, if I tot up the two SAT scores of the artists/genres that I do listen to at the lowest and highest ends and divide by two) is 1158 (Beck, who happens to be a favorite artist of mine)?

Given that I’m also a big reader, this is right up my alley too. But again, that means that I would have an SAT score somewhere between 909 (The Holy Bible) and 1317 (Lolita) – an “average” SAT (calculated in the same way above) of 1113 (Anna Karenina, which is a bloody good book).

Hilarious stuff. Virgil rocks.

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iMonk humor

Lent 3 – Sunday

I have no idea where iMonk finds these vids but this one is killer.

If youth ministry in Australia ever descends to this level, God help the church. Wait, it might have already happened…

Ignatius from travis hawkins on Vimeo.

Lucky I didn’t bring a drink in here… otherwise I might have just fried my computer…

And to think that I thought this was going to be a video about St. Ignatius (of Antioch) or St. Iggy (of Loyola).

HT: iMonk (click here to view the vid without having to go to Vimeo)

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Lent and Koine

Lent 1 – Sunday

Lent is here again. What will I give up? Food again I think. I always seem to eat too much (which is why I have a spare tyre on me). And Lent is a season of fasting and repentance. Apart from Sundays which are always feast days in the liturgical calendar. The rest of the week however I think will remain a 2 meal day with very limited snacking unless I am feeling particularly light headed (and the Eucharist during weekdays doesn’t count as a snack). And that includes refreshments post-Monday Night Bible Study at Rev. Lui’s house and refreshments post-Young Adults Group on Friday nights as well. The only day which I am excepting from this Lenten regime is the day when my team is going out for a team lunch (but even then I am planning to order something smaller in size than a standard lunchtime meal at the restaurant we have booked at).

Other things in Lent? A more regular observance of the Divine Office (even if it means that I pray Vespers at 9pm at night just before Compline and sleep). The canonical time of the day for each office be darned I say (or maybe not… some of you out there may anathema me for saying that!)

More meditation on the incarnation of Christ in his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary (in praying the Angelus). More meditation on the Spirit of God who was within Mary and inspired her to say “Fiat mihi secúndum verbum tuum.” (OK, maybe not said in Latin, but she would have said it most probably in Aramaic). I continue praying for that same courage to say the same back to God when he asks me to do something.

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Other things to do in Lent?

Get back to my study of Koine Greek. I have slacked off a lot since Christmas ’08 and while I can use work as an excuse, it’s primarily my time management outside of work. And as such, I’ve forgotten a lot of the basics that I picked up prior to Christmas. I’m hitting Mounce’s Greek for the Rest of Us (Zondervan) and Jeremy Duff’s The Elements of New Testament Greek (Cambridge University Press) for real. I’ll think about Biblical Hebrew in 2010.

Because, quite frankly, All Things Are Better In Koine. Really (lyrics available here).

Lego my ego. Lego my ego.

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