Comedy Was Funnier Then

Sure, I know a lot of folks didn’t like their politics, but the Smothers Brothers became so influential because they were such talented entertainers. Try to watch this clip without laughing out loud!

This more recent clip proves that they’ve still got it. It also proves that “morons are running the country” truly is a timeless punchline!

Naughty or Nice?

The real Saint Nick had a genuine concern for those who were “naughty”, but not in the sense that we use the word today… he cared for those who had “naught” (though he also had a penchant for slapping heretics, who were “naughty” by a more contemporary definition). Check out the etymology of this word, courtesy of dictionary.com:

naughty
Late 14c., naugti “needy, having nothing,” from O.E. nawiht (see naught). Sense of “wicked, evil, morally wrong” is attested from 1520s. The more tame main modern sense of “disobedient” (especially of children) is attested from 1630s. A woman of bad character c.1530-1750 might be called a naughty pack.

Similarly, the word “nice didn’t always mean what we think it means

nice
Late 13c., “foolish, stupid, senseless,” from O.Fr. nice “silly, foolish,” from L. nescius “ignorant,” lit. “not-knowing,” from ne- “not” (see un-) + stem of scire “to know.” “The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj.” [Weekley] — from “timid” (pre-1300);to “fussy, fastidious” (late 14c.); to “dainty, delicate” (c.1400); to “precise, careful” (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to “agreeable, delightful” (1769); to “kind, thoughtful” (1830). In 16c.-17c. it is often difficult to determine exactly what is meant when a writer uses this word. By 1926, it was pronounced “too great a favorite with the ladies, who have charmed out of it all its individuality and converted it into a mere diffuser of vague and mild agreeableness.” [Fowler]

HT: Thesaurus.com

The 12 Days of Minor Prophecy

12 Minor Prophets

And now for something completely different…

Tonight was somewhat… unprecedented at Stevens Street Baptist Church. In an effort to help our congregation remember something of all twelve books covered in tonight’s survey of the minor prophets, our pastor, Sam Rainer, decided to add some Christmas cheer to the end of the service. So, seeing as everyone’s full of Christmas spirit, he thought, why not combine the 12 Minor Prophets with the 12 Days of Christmas? The following videos are the result. (And for those who may be horrified at what you’re about to see, rest assured that this act of levity followed 40 minutes or so of solid teaching, in a message that will be posted here tomorrow.)

In the first video, Pastor Sam explains how he came up with each of the lines for the song, and why the books are out of order:

  • In the first minor prophet the Lord said to me: A prostitute from a weird family (Hosea)
  • In the second minor prophet the Lord said to me: Two years to shaking (Amos)
  • In the third minor prophet the Lord said to me: Three fishy days (Jonah)
  • In the fourth minor prophet the Lord said to me: Four short sermons (Haggai)
  • In the fifth minor prophet the Lord said to me: Five woes to you! (Habakkuk)
  • In the sixth minor prophet the Lord said to me: Six days of judging (Joel)
  • In the seventh minor prophet the Lord said to me: Seven fighting shepherds (Micah)
  • In the eighth minor prophet the Lord said to me: Eight nights of visions (Zechariah)
  • In the ninth minor prophet the Lord said to me: NINE-vah is ruined! (Nahum)
  • In the tenth minor prophet the Lord said to me: Give ten percent (Malachi)
  • In the eleventh minor prophet the Lord said to me: Eleven punishing promises (Zephaniah)
  • In the twelfth minor prophet the Lord said to me: Twelve other Obadiahs (Obadiah)

And here’s the video of the song itself:

Since there are likely to have been others better situated to record videos, I’ll update this page with better footage if it becomes available. Enjoy!

P.S. — Thanks to Tracy Wehr for the photo at the top of the page!