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Inside Bordertown, World Cup Fever and Goodbye From Me

A lot of people have been asking me how the whole Bordertown story came together. The following vid lets you in on some of the secrets behind the story.

Also I am going to be taking a two week holiday away from work and blogging which will be nice. In the last 12 months I have released a book, recorded an audio book, created a new DVD resource, done multiple radio spots, countless blog posts, stacks of talks, and preached most sundays. So I am looking forward to having two weeks in which I don’t have to develop and deliver content. Instead I will be consuming the content of the FIFA world cup. Of course last time I watched the world cup it ended up in the Trouble with Paris. For those who know the story from the book it was kind of like this vid but with forty people rather than six.

So can we beat the deutsche nationalmannschaft? My heart says yes but my head says no. Hopefully a win against the Ghanians and a sneaky draw against the Serbs should get us through ala last time.

I think my second team will be the Kiwis in a show of Anzac solidarity. Also am intrigued by the mystery that is North Korea. I can’t wait for the mayhem, madness and majesty of Diego Armando Maradona leading the Argentines to either victory or apocalypse. For the upset of the tournament I have had a feeling about the USA vs England game. Best coach since 66, Best Team since 66, Best group since the Beatles, Worst sporting psychology on the planet. Can see the US repeating history with a one nil victory. And for the winner Espana!

See you all in a couple of weeks!


Heaven Minus God

Interesting interview by satirist Stephen Colbert of Newsweek Religion Editor Lisa Miller about her book on Heaven. For me the most interesting bit was from 5:18 when she spoke how popular culture has retained a belief in heaven minus God, thus in our individualist culture, paradise has been turned into a playground of the individual rather than a place to worship God eternally. Watch here


Robot Ministers

Fellow Ministers, Pastors and Priests, we knew it would happen sooner or later, soon we will be made redundant by Japanese Robot Fairy Priests. The Times Reports

Yesterday, under the soft morning sun in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park, Japan’s obsession with robots took another giant leap into the absurd as a mechanised priestess joined two people in matrimony. It was both a romantic and static affair, possibly the first wedding where the official had self-illuminating eyeballs and required a supply of 100V DC to stay upright.

Conducting the ceremony in a white breastplate, plastic pigtails and floral tiara, I-Fairy charmed her way through proceedings with a voice somewhere between Minnie Mouse and the extermination-threat of a Dalek.

Read Full Story Here


A New Kind of Church

Edgy young transition guy, graphic tee, cool glasses, Hebrew tattoo? Is this the best Christian satire ever or people chucking stones? You watch and decide. (H.T. Matt B)


Wild Thing Parable

I have blogged about I love Pinatas before. They are a bunch of modern day parables in the form of short animated videos. This one is a parable about the church. It is creative, clever and absolutely brilliant. Check it out here.

Pope vs Spider

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How to Enter a Church in Style

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Today I Found True Religion

I have often talked about how advertising operates as a contemporary pseudo-religion but this is just plain stupid.

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Sad News: My Shame of being caught red handed

The Bognor Regis Observer Date: 30 July 2009

A burglar found wearing a ladies’ cocktail dress has been sent to jail after he broke into a fancy dress shop in Chichester.

The dedicated follower of fashion was himself pursued after a burglar alarm was raised at Chichester Fancy Dress shop at around 2am on Wednesday, July 22.

PC Stephen Pratt, from Sussex Police’s dog unit and his dog Saxon were sent to look for the male who was believed to still be in the area at the time.

Mark Sayers, 40, was found within two hours.

He was found with a crowbar, a torch, a pair of gloves and was wearing the black dress which was taken from the shop.

Sayers, of Southdown Close, Chichester was convicted on theft at Chichester Magistrates Court on Thursday, July 23.

He will spend 13 weeks in jail.

From Bognor Regis Observer. Read Full Article Here

Sorry could not resist, was just too funny. I love the details, the dog Saxon, the line ‘a dedicated follower of fashion’, the Bognor Regis Observer. It sounds like I have made it up but it is all real.


What does a Redeemed Masculinity look like?

Well I did not anticipate that my last post Masculinity and the Emerging Church would generate so many hits and so much feedback, but I guess that the issue of masculinity in the church is a hot topic. A number of you seem to be thinking “here we go Sayers is chucking up more observations and criticisms, but where are the answers? Where are the actual examples of men who are tough and strong and yet who are confident enough to share their sensitive sides?” Some of you who wrote to me asked “what would a redeemed masculinity looked like expressed in worship?” Well enough with the observations and commentary, this time I am serving up answers. It’s a simple recipe really but one that could revolutionize the church.

Take one velvet jacket, a cigarette and a tough guy sharing up his soul over a haunting melody. This is the answer folks, its manly, yet gentle. Macho, yet soulful. It’s a steaming hot dish of spoken word and if I get my way its coming to a church near you.  

This is a real as it gets people. Guys take out your notepads for a lesson in what it is to be a real man, ladies you might want to get your accountability groups numbers up on speed dial. Masters Shatner and Savalas start the lesson please.

(Post note: I am planning to promote my new book next year with a Spoken Word tour of various Churches around Australia. I am off now to rent the velvet tux, hire the moog keyboard and take up smoking. )


I Heart Me & Swine Flu

Well I have now been back in Oz for ten days which means I have served my “Swine Flu” observation period. No longer must I declare a runny nose or cough to the Australian government after I signed the new virus declaration forms after returning from the States. I decided to celebrate by hanging around girls accessory stores looking for semi-ironic references to the possible title of my forthcoming book with a strange smug look on my face.

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“When Tackles Go Bad”

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 I have deliberately not made this blog about my private life but it is the weekend and I have a cool injury to show off. Yes this hideous piece of meat is my leg. This is the result of me trying fouling an opponent who was through on goal and coming off worse. Lotsa swelling and lotsa bruising, which of course is so brilliant. The downside is that I have to get on a plane for 16 hours on Monday.

My attempted foul/self injury cast my mind back to 1991 when tortured footballing genius Paul Gascoigne tried to break Gary Charles’ leg only to destroy his own knee.

And of course who could forget that Avante Garde footballer Monsieur Eric Cantona who dared to ask the question “If I can foul a player, why can’t I foul a fan?”

Of course good old Eric explained his actions in true French Existentialist style to the waiting media after his infamous kung fu kick


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