All posts from “Humor”

Tom-foolery: 12 Epic Facts About N.T. Wright

August 1, 2013 7:00 AM

For too long, Chuck Norris has been the benchmark for superhuman acts of power and justice. We're setting that right. From Wright fans John Raines, Kevin Emmert, Drew Dyck, and Paul Pastor comes this list of adoration for everyone's...

The Most Interesting Theologians in the World

July 24, 2013 1:47 PM

You’re familiar with Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World." It is said that he once “led a flock of endangered cranes across Siberia on a motorized hang glider.” “When it is raining, it’s because he’s thinking of something...

The Ultimate Christian Logo

July 23, 2013 12:53 PM

Get that Michael W. Smith pumpin', and brace your soul to behold the Ultimate Christian Logo. Never before have so many design cliches combined for such upbeat and positive glory. This gem comes from twentyonehundred productions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's multimedia...

Friday Five Interview: Jon Acuff

June 28, 2013 5:00 AM

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Jon Acuff. Jon is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular conference speaker. His blog, Stuff Christians Like, is read by more than 5 million...

Tweeting the (other) SBC

June 13, 2013 9:23 AM

Pastors attending the annual Southern Baptist Convention this week in Houston were faithful tweeters. But a hashtag mixup turned humorous when many of them mistook the Seak Foundation's Sports Bra Challenge 2013 feed (#SBC2013) for their Convention's official hashtag...

The New Ministry Dictionary (#1)

March 15, 2013 9:33 AM

The ministry world is evolving rapidly, and the folks at Merriam-Webster can’t seem to keep up. Crack open the latest edition of your dictionary and you’ll see what we mean. Concepts essential to Christian leadership are conspicuously absent from its...

The Beards of Ministry

February 14, 2013 2:51 PM

Face it, folks: the beard is back in a big way. Along with celebrities, bike messengers, and your local barista, pastors are no exception to the glories of facial hair. The ministry beard has a long and glorious history among...

Ur Video: Use a Cell, Go to Hell

March 19, 2012 12:00 AM

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Ur Video: Christian Hipster How To

October 3, 2011 12:00 AM

The Catalyst Conference is later this week in Atlanta, and we'll have some reporting from the event here on Ur. But first a quick lesson in how to be a Christian hipster...a species commonly found roaming the arena at Catalyst....

Ur Video: Billy Graham & Woody Allen

May 31, 2011 12:00 AM

Earlier this month Billy Graham was admitted to the hospital. The 92 year old evangelist was later discharged, but the incident has sparked a number of reflections about the scope and impact of Graham's ministry. Lisa Miller wrote an article...

Ur Video: The Story of St. Patrick

March 17, 2011 12:00 AM

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Ur Cartoon: The Naughty List

December 23, 2010 12:00 AM

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Ur Photo: Shane Claiborne for President?

December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Consider this the Ur version of TMZ. Last week Shane Claiborne attended a meeting at the White House with other Christian leaders to discuss the administration's fatherhood initiatives. The urban monastic leader is usually seen in a t-shirt and baggy...

Ur Cartoon: Anglican Ignorance

September 24, 2010 12:00 AM

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What Did You Say?

July 9, 2010 12:00 AM

The Portuguese issue of Playboy showing Jesus Christ among topless models. “We did not see or approve the cover and pictorial in the July issue of Playboy Portugal…. It is a shocking breach of our standards.” -Theresa Hennessy, Vice President...

Ur Video: Driscoll's Scatalogical Humor

June 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Collin Hansen warned about the growing popularity and risks of using humor in the pulpit. I thought an illustration was called for. Mark Driscoll uses humor frequently, among other communication tactics, to convey his messages. Here is...

The Hansen Report: Comedy in the Pulpit

June 9, 2010 12:00 AM

I love to laugh. And when I laugh, you’ll hear me if you’re in the same zip code. I have a few all-time favorite comedy TV shows that I can watch over and over again. And I enjoy funny...

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2009 12:00 AM

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Merry Christmas, from Url Scaramanga

December 24, 2009 12:00 AM

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John Calvin on Tradition

December 11, 2009 12:00 AM

‘Tis the season to think about traditions. Every family has its own non-negotiable holiday rituals. If your family’s like mine, you may have competing visions of the perfect holiday under one roof (or tent, or banyan tree—or whatever your family...

Separated at Birth?

November 12, 2009 12:00 AM

A few days ago, Drew Dyck (managing editor of BuildingChurchLeaders.com) sent an email to Skye Jethani (managing editor of Leadership Journal) asking to borrow a book by Dave Ferguson. Drew parenthetically commented that Ferguson looked like Edward Norton the actor....

Create-A-Caption Contest

October 13, 2009 12:00 AM

Do you ever feel like church activities, which are intended to promote God's mission, are actually keeping you from promoting God's mission? We're eager to see your captions for this cartoon by Roger Judd. Winners will be published in the...

Jonathan Edwards on the New Reformed Movement

October 5, 2009 12:00 AM

If he hadn’t died from a tainted smallpox vaccination in 1758, Jonathan Edwards would be celebrating his 306th birthday today--Monday, October 5. When Edwards died, at the relatively young age of 55, he was one of the best known pastor-theologians...

Ur Video: Drive-In Church

September 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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Skye Jethani: Generation of Sarcasm

August 19, 2009 12:00 AM

A poll conducted by Time has revealed that The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is the most trusted news anchor in America. He beat Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson, and Katie Couric. Walter Cronkite, having just entered his grave, must already be...

Ur Cartoon: Servant Leadership

March 23, 2009 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Love, Theologically

March 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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Ur Wisdom: Missional

March 2, 2009 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

February 19, 2009 12:00 AM

What is your caption for this cartoon by Jonny Hawkins? Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2009 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Ur Wisdom: Megachurch

February 17, 2009 12:00 AM

For those of you concerned that Url Scaramanga is anti-megachurch, stay tuned. You'll find that Url is an equal opportunity offender....

Ur Wisdom: Ministry

February 6, 2009 12:00 AM

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A Good Text is Hard to Find

January 6, 2009 9:07 AM

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The Next BIG Things

January 1, 2009 12:00 AM

I've been giving a lot of thought to the state of the church as we enter a new year. In these uncertain times we naturally look to reliable and wise voices to guide us through the fog. And who is...

Merry Christmas, Urbanites.

December 24, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Image is Everything

December 1, 2008 12:00 AM

This image reminds me of something James Twitchell writes in Shopping for God: "Megachurches concentrate on what makes the brand powerful: growth. What you sell is the perception that whatever it is that you are selling is in demand."...

Happy Thanksgiving from Url

November 27, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Doctrine

November 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

November 10, 2008 12:00 AM

What is your caption for this cartoon by Rob Portlock? Winning entries will be published in the Winter 2009 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Amway Evangelism

November 3, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: An Unusual Spiritual Gift

September 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Am I Called to Preach?

September 2, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Addressing Real Needs

August 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

August 4, 2008 8:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Tim Walburg? Winning entries will be published in the Fall 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Cartoon: Church Growth Addiction

July 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Biblical Literacy

July 21, 2008 9:10 AM

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Cartoon: Fish Food

July 7, 2008 12:00 AM

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Announcing the Ur Lexicontest!

July 1, 2008 12:00 AM

Regular readers of Out of Ur know that new words and phrases are often coined and disseminated on this blog. ("Church pirate" may be the most recent example thanks to Ed Young Jr.) We'd like to assemble an Out...

Cartoon: Church-A-Plex

June 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: The Right Translation

June 23, 2008 12:00 AM

Cartoon by Larry Thomas...

Cartoon: Church Pirate

June 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Community Church

June 2, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Team Leadership

May 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Tim Walburg? Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Canadian Sermon Types, eh?

February 21, 2008 12:00 AM

And now for something completely different... Neil Young, who pastors Erindale United Church in Mississauga, Ontario, sent us this inventory of sermon styles in the Great White North. The Maple Syrup: Boils source material down to about 1/50th its starting...

The Next Caption Contest

February 7, 2008 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Dennis Fletcher? Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

The Next Caption Contest

July 31, 2007 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Rob Portlock? We know Out of Ur and Leadership readers will have some great ones on this theme. Winning entries will be published in the Fall 2007 edition of Leadership. Please include...

The Next Caption Contest

May 3, 2007 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Dik LaPine? We know Out of Ur and Leadership readers will have some great ones on this theme. Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2007 edition of Leadership. Please include...

Create-A-Caption

January 30, 2007 12:00 AM

When we ask subscribers what they love most about Leadership, we often hear the same answer: "the cartoons." That's why we are pleased to bring this lighter side of ministry to Out of Ur. Here is your chance to share...

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