Archives for category: Humor

Briefly Noted: The Redemptive Nature of Laughter (Or, Why an Atheist Can and Can’t Get Jokes)

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Now this one caught my attention. In a recent edition of Times Literary Supplement Tim Lewens reviews Daniel C. Dennett’s recent book on the nature of humor, Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind.[1] It caught my attention because Dennett is an atheist, which I think uniquely handicaps him … Read More »

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Just for Fun: The 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes

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Just for Fun: The 2011 Ig Nobel Prize Winners Just when you thought you’d seen it all, having been amused by the inanity of some theology dissertation or religion blog, the Ig Nobel Foundation comes along and raises the bar on inanity. The Ig Nobel prizes are given by Annals … Read More »

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The Lonely Planet Guide to Faculty Fashion & Apparel

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Only a person with a petrified diaphragm could fail to laugh out loud at Kerry Soper’s “RateMyProfessor’sAppearance.com” in the September 17 (2010) issue of The Chronicle Review. In the brief little satire, Soper refers to one of the “rate your professor” websites which allows students to rate their professor’s class … Read More »

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Check Out Our Personal Websites

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You may not know this, but most of our contributors have personal websites in addition to Between the Times. All of the websites offer a number of resources, and many of them have blogs. Of course the reason most people read BtT is for Dr. Akin’s articles, but did you … Read More »

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Important Announcement from Bruce Ashford

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(Administrator’s note: For posterity’s sake, we thought it was a good idea to add a disclaimer that this is an April Fool’s Day joke. We don’t want future readers who may come across this post to conclude otherwise.) Dear Readers, Southeastern Seminary has been a key part of my life … Read More »

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Hindsight and Cultural Relevance

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Much is said about cultural relevance among evangelicals. This is, of course, not new. As a new believer in my twenties I recall then “cutting edge” pastors speaking of cultural relevance. I recall them often being criticized by those older and grayer. That was in the 1980s and those pastors … Read More »

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They Don’t Seek This Sign

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Where I live it is hard to escape it. It is, to employ one of those expensive words, ubiquitous. It is impossible to escape. “It” is the practice of Christians who display silly sayings on church signs. It isn’t unusual that a Christian would wish to say something. After all, … Read More »

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Everything I Know About Theology I Learned from Southern Gospel Music

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I Wanna Go to Heaven If the golden streets were stainless steel If the gates of pearl had a plastic feel If the marriage supper was a Happy Meal, I’d still want to go there If the river of life was a babbling brook, If the great white throne had … Read More »

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On the Dangers of Seminary (Pt. 7) On the Danger of Being THAT GUY

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This installment is the last one in which I deal with the dangers of seminary (although I plan to follow up with a post speaking to the many positive aspects of seminary). I am certainly not saying that there are no more dangers. In fact, more than a few of … Read More »

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On the Dangers of Seminary (Pt. 4): The Danger of Becoming a Dork

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Dork: [dor'k] noun. USA pejorative slang for a quirky or socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trends. Often confused with “nerd” and “geek,” but does not imply the same intelligence level. ____________________ In this series of posts, I am dealing with the perils of … Read More »

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