Category Archives: TV

Fart Jokes

I saw this Messin With Sasquatch commercial in TV tonight and it made me laugh — out loud — and a lot. The 4 year old in me found this hilarious, and I say 4 year old because my 4 year old finds farts to be the funniest thing around.

Its nearly 1:30 am and I am not thinking on all cylinders, so I am not sure what spiritual thing I can derive from this at the moment.  So sit back and let the immature juvenile take over for 30 seconds and laugh when Bigfoot farts. We can call it a celebration of the life.

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The Greatest American Hero…

This is perhaps my favorite of the TV Theme songs…hopefully no introduction will be necessary.

The Greatest American Hero is a story about a teacher who happens upon an alien suit that gives him super powers when he is wearing it.  Admittedly, I wish I had a suit that gave me super powers.  It would be a bit of a dream come true.  Anyhow, in each episode, our hero bumbles through saving the day.  He makes some mistakes along the way but eventually gets the job done.

There is one particular line in the theme song that speaks to me:

“It should have been somebody else.”

This reminds me of another hero named Moses.  Check out Exodus 4:1-17:

1 Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!'”2 So God said, “What’s that in your hand?” “A staff.”

3 “Throw it on the ground.” He threw it. It became a snake; Moses jumped back—fast!

4-5 God said to Moses, “Reach out and grab it by the tail.” He reached out and grabbed it—and he was holding his staff again. “That’s so they will trust that God appeared to you, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

6 God then said, “Put your hand inside your shirt.” He slipped his hand under his shirt, then took it out. His hand had turned leprous, like snow.

7 He said, “Put your hand back under your shirt.” He did it, then took it back out—as healthy as before.

8-9 “So if they don’t trust you and aren’t convinced by the first sign, the second sign should do it. But if it doesn’t, if even after these two signs they don’t trust you and listen to your message, take some water out of the Nile and pour it out on the dry land; the Nile water that you pour out will turn to blood when it hits the ground.”

10 Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.”

11-12 God said, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.”

13 He said, “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!”

14-17 God got angry with Moses: “Don’t you have a brother, Aaron the Levite? He’s good with words, I know he is. He speaks very well. In fact, at this very moment he’s on his way to meet you. When he sees you he’s going to be glad. You’ll speak to him and tell him what to say. I’ll be right there with you as you speak and with him as he speaks, teaching you step by step. He will speak to the people for you. He’ll act as your mouth, but you’ll decide what comes out of it. Now take this staff in your hand; you’ll use it to do the signs.” (The Message)

Verse 13 jumps right out at me.  Moses asks God to send someone else. Moses had all sorts of reasons why God should put the responsibility in the hands of someone else.  He didn’t feel up to the challenge laid before him by God.  Honestly, I can relate.  I have often thought to myself, “Let someone else better qualified do the job – I’ll just mess it up.” I have often bumbled my way through things just like the Greatest American hero not because I felt like I was the best person, but because I knew God wanted me to do it.   God doesn’t make mistakes and if God places a call on your life he means for you to do it.  You are uniquely and wonderfully created and if you have any doubts about answering God’s call upon your life take into consideration this verse from Ephesians 2:10:

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)

What is God calling you to do?


Maturity…

This morning I have chosen to talk a bit about the Psych theme song.  You will notice that the clip below is not the actual opening for the TV show.  However, this clip has a number of funny scenes from the show as well as the whole song.

Again, there is one phrase that stuck out to me this morning as I was watching the clip.  At a couple of points in the song, the line “I’m not inclined to resign to maturity” is sung. For some reason that line sticks with me when I think about growing in faith.

I have been asked a number of times lately what I thought the most significant issue facing the American Church is.  On those occasions I have given different answers, but all of those answers could be more simply put into the above phrase from the song.

Far too often we settle for the milk to nourish our faith instead of the meat.  In other words we tend to practice what I call fast food Christianity.  A lot of our churches are full of people who drive through our churches (meaning that they come to church on Sunday for something quick so they can get through their week) and expect that they will be nourished. Fast food doesn’t do a great job in giving our bodies what we need and neither does coming to church on Sunday morning with the expectation that you are good for the week if you put your hour in.For fast food Christians, church then is a consumer product just like everything else in our lives and if it doesn’t live up to our expectations we toss it out for a newer shinier model.  We do it with cars and toasters and anything else we can think of.  It is also done with church.  Church then becomes something we do when there is time to fit into our busy schedules and little else about faith or God is given much thought to the rest of the week.

The fact of the matter is that the church is not inclined to resign to maturity.  We prefer a shallow faith that does not challenge the status quo.  We prefer a faith that keeps God at arms length and when we do want that relationship with God it is because we want or need something from Him. If we are to be the body of Christ, then let us incline to resign ourselves to maturity.  Consider these words from Hebrews 5:12-14:

12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.13For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.

14But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (The NASB)


Those Were The Days…

This is officially my first post from my new office, so this post comes to you from the upper room.

One of if not the post popular show in television was All in the Family.  The show was about Archie Bunker and his family.  Check out the themes song:

When watching this video, a single phrase kept jumping out at me.  At this point, you may have guessed from the title of this post that the phrase is, “those were the days”.  In this theme song Archie and his wife Edith were dreaming of better days, a time when life was better. I think all of us have been guilty of dreaming about the past and wishing life couldgo back to a simpler time when living was much less complicated.

It is such a funny little phrase that we often hear variations of in the church.  In my ministry experience, I have often had folks fondly remember the good old days when attendance was better, Sunday Schools were filled, or when families came to church together.  As Archie and Edith longed for the past, many of the folks sitting in our pews look backwards and see that things are no longer as they used to be.  The world around them has changed…our culture is different.

However, change does not have to be a bad thing.  Change is inherent in our faith.  If we are living out our faith, then we are changing… transforming… becoming more like Jesus. This is true both for the individual and the corporate church. Change can be a good thing because it means that there are opportunities for God to do new things. If you find yourself struggling and afraid of change, then consider what God says to the Israelites who were undergoing some significant changes themselves:

10-12 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw them— Egyptians! Coming at them!They were totally afraid. They cried out in terror to God. They told Moses, “Weren’t the cemeteries large enough in Egypt so that you had to take us out here in the wilderness to die? What have you done to us, taking us out of Egypt? Back in Egypt didn’t we tell you this would happen? Didn’t we tell you, ‘Leave us alone here in Egypt—we’re better off as slaves in Egypt than as corpses in the wilderness.'”

13 Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again.

14 God will fight the battle for you.
And you? You keep your mouths shut!” (The Message)

God did not leave the Israelites alone flounder in the desert in the midst of this new thing He was doing.  He was present with them in the midst of it. To often we miss the new thing God has for us because we would prefer the misery we know rather than the blessings we don’t.


More Than Meets the Eye…

When I was growing up in the 80’s there were a number of great cartoons.  There was G.I Joe, Voltron, and Mask.  These were great, but my all time favorite was Transformers.  I couldn’t tell you why I liked it better than the others exactly, but I knew I would follow Optimus Prime into battle without hesitation.  For those who don’t know transformers, which seems unlikely but not impossible, the idea is that giant robots turn into things like cars, trucks, and planes.  There is more to it, but that is enough for the idea. Now…lets see what what me might learn from their theme song shall we.

I think the phrase that sticks out the most to me this morning is “more than meets the eye”  Just as the transformers hide in plain sight, I think people do it to. We put on our public persona’s and when asked how we are doing we may answer with fine or good when the reality is our life is privately a mess.  We all wear masks.  We hide behind them with the hope that nobody will be able to see how broken or messed up we really are. In fact, we do this so often that sometimes we forget who we are and begin to believe the things we tell others.  I think this is why honest self-examination is so important to us. There is more to each of us than meets they eye, sometimes more than we realize about ourselves.  If you have been hiding behind your masks, then consider this from Psalm 139:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

May we allow God to search the very depths of our soul and reveal to us what is behind the masks that wear…may He show each of us what is hidden in our hearts that He might transform us to be more like Jesus.


Cheers…

I am working on something a little different.  At CCO New Staff Training, I was reminded that I have watched a ton of TV in my lifetime.  I was also reminded that I know a lot of TV show theme songs.  I have been giving this a great deal of thought and have concluded that there are some really cool things we can learn from TV show theme songs if we are willing to do some thinking.  So, with that in mind, I am going to be posting about TV show theme songs and what they can teach us about God and the human condition.  It sounds weird I know, but come along for the ride anyway and see if we can’t learn something together.  Lets start with one most all of should know pretty well:

Now there is a lot in that minute that we could chat about (perhaps I’ll deal with some of it in a later post), but I want to focus on the phrase “sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name”.  I think this taps into one of, if not the greatest of human desires.  We all want to be known and to know others.  We want to be loved for who we are without fear of rejection or condemnation.  Unfortunately we put up walls and wear masks to hide who we are and if we want to know others we work hard to break through the walls and masks that they put up.  I think Cheers was so popular because people could relate to the idea of a place where they were accepted quirks and all.  That show is so relateable even after it has been off the air for so long, because it rings true to us…we all want to find a place where we are known and surrounded by a community of people who love us.

If this rings true to you…if you want to be known and to know, there is one who knows you more deeply than you can imagine…consider Psalm 139:

1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.

17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers—out of here!—
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies!

23-24 Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.  (the Message)

May you find grace and peace in the God of all creation.


New Doctor Who Clip

New Clip from the upcoming season of Doctor Who that first aired on the Jonathon Ross Show.

I’m super excited for the new season airing on April 17th at 9:00 on BBC America.