Sometimes, ya just gotta be silly. And so, we devote today’s brunch to the gracious, liberating practice of silliness.
And where else to begin, but with one of the greatest silly sketches of all time?
And, in the same vein, Silly Olympics. My favorite event is the one involving chickens.
MEANWHILE, IN THE U.K. TODAY…
Folks are dealing with “Storm Emma” as best they can.
HOW ABOUT AN EXCEEDINGLY SILLY “CHURCH” IN THE NEWS?
Hundreds of faithful at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday carried AR-15-style rifles in adherence to their belief that a “rod of iron” mentioned in the Bible refers to the type of weapon that was used in last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.
The armed ceremony at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, about 20 miles southeast of Scranton, featured gun-toting worshippers, some wearing crowns of bullets as they participated in communion and wedding ceremonies.
Attendants carefully placed a zip tie into the receiver magazine well of each weapon to assure that a clip could not be loaded.
Concern over Wednesday’s gathering prompted a nearby elementary school to cancel classes for the day. It also sparked a small demonstration outside the church, with one protester telling The Associated Press that “it’s scaring people in the community.”
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “The ceremony’s official name was the Cosmic True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humanity Cheon Il Guk Book of Life Registration Blessing. It was part of the church’s weeklong ‘Festival of Grace,’ which included a ‘President Trump Thank You Dinner’ on Saturday.”
The Rev. Hyung Jin “Sean” Moon prayed for “a kingdom of peace police and peace militia where the citizens, through the right given to them by almighty God to keep and bear arms, will be able to protect one another and protect human flourishing.”
“We pray they would stand as kings and queens with their crown and rod of iron,” he said.
Moon is the youngest son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon — the self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church in South Korea in 1954 and eventually spawned a worldwide movement regarded by detractors as a cult. The church is perhaps best known for its mass wedding ceremonies.
As the AP notes, “The younger Moon’s congregation is a breakaway faction of the Unification Church, which had distanced itself from Wednesday’s event.”
…As the Inquirer notes, the Rev. Sean Moon’s brother, Moon Kook-jin, also known as Justin Moon, is the founder and CEO of Kahr Arms, a firearms manufacturer headquartered in nearby Greeley.
AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR…
No tribute to silliness on a post-evangelical site would be complete without a look back at the pinnacle of silly entertainment for evangelicals and their kids…
SILLY PUNS AND TURNS OF PHRASE
I lost my job at the bank on my very first day.
A woman asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.
I’m only friends with 25 letters of the alphabet.
I don’t know Y.
Q. What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo?
A. A hippo is really heavy, and a Zippo is a little lighter.
Q. Why can’t you run through a campground?
A. You can only ran, because you have to go past tents.
ONE CHURCH TRADITION WE’RE DEFINITELY FOLLOWING TODAY…
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) March 1, 2018
THE GREATEST SILLY COMEDY ROUTINE OF ALL TIME
I can still see the tears rolling down from my Grandpa’s eyes as he laughed to Abbott and Costello’s timeless baseball routine. Here’s an abbreviated version…
And, by the way, the Bible begins with a pretty exciting baseball game. In the big inning, Eve stole first, Adam stole second, and then Cain struck out Abel. But alas, then the Giants and the Angels were rained out.
THERE ONCE WAS A CALVINIST DOG…
FROM THE BABYLON BEE—Responding to his owner Matt affectionately calling him a “good boy” for fetching a stick, local Calvinist canine Rupert reportedly reminded him that “according to the Scriptures, nobody is a good boy.”
“We’ve been over this, Matt. We’re all corrupted—every one of us,” Rupert reportedly said to his owner after stopping mid-stride to address the glaring theological error. “How can you call me a good boy when we have all been marred by the effects of sin?”
According to witnesses, the dog went on to lecture his owner for several minutes, stressing how easy it is to forget who we really are in light of God’s blinding holiness and our desperately fallen nature.
“Do not call me a good boy—I am a depraved wretch,” he added before picking up his stick and continuing to play.
“Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.”
• Shel Silverstein,
Today’s post is devoted to a man I know who has had more fun and taught more people to have fun than anyone I know. His name is Bernie De Koven, and I encourage you to check out his website Deep Fun, where you can find silly games and fun of all kinds for you, your family, your friends, or any group of which you are a part. You can also read articles, watch videos, and check out his book, A Playful Path, which explains Bernie’s theories about the essential value of play and silliness in our lives.