Category Archives: humor

John Piper’s Snow Angel

John Piper is one of my living heroes. He’s a theological giant, but he hasn’t forgotten how to make a snow angel!

HT Purgatorio

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Posted by on February 13, 2009 in humor, theology


J.R.R. Tolkien in Therapy

If I still used a mouse, I just might be tempted to get this.

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Posted by on January 29, 2009 in humor, Tolkien


Tim Keller’s Preaching Equation and your first 200 sermons

Every preacher wants to preach well, right?! But how many sermons does it take? According to Tim Keller…200! That’s right, two hundred, 200, 100+100=200, 2-0-0!  I first heard this during a Q&A session in his series “Preaching to the Heart”, where Keller was asked how much time a preacher should devote to sermon prep:

I don’t believe you should spend a lot of time preparing your sermon, when you’re a younger minister. I think because we are so desperately want our sermon to be good, that when you’re younger you spend way too much time preparing. And, you know, its scary to say this to the younger ministers… you’re not going to be much better by putting in twenty hours on that sermon – the only way you’re going to be a better preacher is if you preach often. For the first 200 sermons, not matter what you do, your first 200 sermons are going to be terrible. (laughter from the crowd). And, if you put in… fifteen or twenty hours in the sermon you probably won’t preach that many sermons because you won’t last in ministry, because your people will feel neglected.

However, this can be disheartening if you don’t preach often (I’m not even close to 200)! But it shouldn’t be. Being a faithful pastor definitely means being a diligent, Christ-centered exegete in the study and a Spirit-empowered preacher in the pulpit. But being a faithful pastor also includes preaching the gospel to people throughout the week–

  • as you visit the sick in the hospital,
  • as you counsel those who belive sin is bigger and better than God,
  • as you equip leaders to build a gospel community,
  • as you pray with an unexpected drop-in.

Speaking from experience, young pastors can wrongly view these as “interuptions” from the “real ministry”, i.e. sermon preparation. No doubt we all need help with biblical productivity. But let’s not be fooled into thinking ministry would be great if it were’nt for all those people! Love your people, know your people, spend time preaching the gospel to your people throughout the week. You’ll be a better preacher on Sunday.

On a funnier note, just last month one our elders applied the “Keller equation” to his own life and shared his results during his sermon. We’ve got to get this guy preaching on a regular rotation! Check it out.

Keller’s thought was to help a young pastor not to have unrealistic expectations at the beginning of his ministry. This has helped me to relax more than Mark [our lead pastor] realizes. My last Sunday morning sermon was approximately 30 years ago. Therefore by my calculations I won’t become proficient at it for another 5970 years. Boy, does that help me not to have unrealistic expectations. But remember that when we are weak God is strong. In this confidence I’m hopeful.

Scott is right, Keller’s advice is both humbling and encouraging. While it may take him nearly 6000 years, he’s not going to give up, and more importantly he’s going to trust in God who has spoken and who empowers.

Still, if you’re interested, here’s the equation. How long will it take you?

( __ years divided by __ sermons) x 200 = ____ years until you preach good sermons!

Thank you, Tim Keller.


Posted by on December 5, 2008 in Equipping, humor, preaching


Brian Regan on “Doctors”

Having recently gone to the doctors, I had a renewed sense of appreciation for Brian Regan’s bit on “Doctors.” Enjoy!

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Posted by on June 5, 2008 in humor


Christian Bumper Stickers=False Advertising

Relevant Magazine exposes Christian Bumper Stickers for the shams they really are. Here’s a snippet.

“Real Men Love Jesus” Do we honestly believe that men around the globe who don’t love Jesus, or haven’t even considered loving Him, will read this and come to the conclusion, “What’s that? I’m not a real man!? Well, I better follow that guy to find out how to love Jesus!”

And secondly, the last time I watched the movie Pinocchio; I never saw Gepeto threaten Pinocchio with: “You know son, you’ll never be a real boy until you start loving me! [insert evil laugh here].” Jesus doesn’t do that either; so should His followers?


Posted by on December 28, 2006 in humor


Why do elephants have flat feet?

One of our teens unearthed a 1o1 Elephant Jokes book from our church’s quagmire of a library. They are so bad (the jokes, not the teens!) that you can’t help but laugh. Here’s a sampling.

What do elephants have that no other animal has?
Baby Elephants!

Why do ducks have webbed feet?
To put out forest fires!

Why do elephants have flat feet?
To put out burning ducks!

Why does an elephant never forget?
What’s he got to remember?!

Why do elephants drink?
They want to forget.

How do you make an elephant float?
Two scoops of ice cream, soda, and some elephant!


Posted by on December 19, 2006 in humor


A guitar…A worship leader…20 minutes….

Here’s a hilarious spoof on NBC’s “The More You Know” public service campaign. Except this is called The Church You Know.

This is my favorite clip. It helps us understand all we “need” to worship God.

The Church You Know: worship video


Posted by on November 30, 2006 in humor, worship