Humor in Science and Theology

the "modern worship service " one? the joke is that modern praise and worship songs seem to repeat the same words over, and over, and over… here’s an example

An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was.

  "Well," said the farmer, "it was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns."
  
  "Praise choruses?" said his wife. "What are those?"
  
  "Oh, they're OK. They are sort of like hymns, only different," said the farmer.
  
  "Well, what's the difference?" asked his wife.
  
  The farmer said, "Well, it's like this - If I were to say to you: "Martha, the cows are in the corn"' - well, that would be a hymn. If on the other hand, I were to say to you:
  
  'Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, the CORN, CORN, CORN.'
  
  Then, if I were to repeat the whole thing two or three times, well, that would be a praise chorus."
  
  The next weekend, his nephew, a young, new Christian from the city came to visit and attended the local church of the small town. He went home and his mother asked him how it was.
  
  "Well," said the young man, "it was good. They did something different however. They sang hymns instead of regular songs."
  
  "Hymns?" asked his mother. "What are those?"
  
  "Oh, they're OK. They are sort of like regular songs, only different," said the young man.
  
  "Well, what's the difference?" asked his mother.
  
  The young man said, "Well, it's like this - If I were to say to you: 'Martha, the cows are in the corn' - well, that would be a regular song. If on the other hand, I were to say to you:
  
  'Oh Martha, dear Martha, hear thou my cry Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth Turn thou thy whole wondrous ear by and by To the righteous, inimitable, glorious truth.
  
  For the way of the animals who can explain There in their heads is no shadow of sense Hearkenest they in God's sun or His rain Unless from the mild, tempting corn they are fenced.
  
  Yea those cows in glad bovine, rebellious delight Have broke free their shackles, their warm pens eschewed Then goaded by minions of darkness and night They all my mild Chilliwack sweet corn have chewed.
  
  So look to the bright shining day by and by Where all foul corruptions of earth are reborn Where no vicious animals make my soul cry And I no longer see those foul cows in the corn.'
  
  Then if I were to do only verses one, three and four and do a key change on the last verse, well that would be a hymn.
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Guide to Presbyterian Worship Signals:

Sitting, looking straight ahead: Listening to pastor (sermon, announcements, etc.)
Sitting, head bent downward, eyes open: Taking notes on sermon or reading passage
Standing in place, holding hymnal: Singing hymn
Head bent downward, eyes closed: Praying or sleeping
Leaning sideways: Dealing with child

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(My not too sincere apologies if this has been posted here before. :grin:)

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Especially with contemporary Christian music you’ll find on the radio, where it’s just the word Jesus followed by the same 3 chords and the same style of singing no matter the band.

Maybe all of these bands are actually just the same 5 people writing under different names…

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Accurate for some Baptist churches too. :smiley:

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I have heard contemporary Christian music called 7-11 music.

7 verses repeated 11 times.

7-11’s are American convenience stores.

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No the one about not asking people if they’re ready to die. That struck me the funniest but I wouldn’t have had a clue about the other without your help. Thanks.

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Handel is repetitive in the Hallelujah Chorus, and still uses a prime number (if I counted correctly), but it’s neither 7 nor 11.

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We actually had that happen at our previous church with the adult Sunday school class, which makes sense when you realize that what we frequently did there was to watch a video study series from Ligonier.

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Warning … Calculus joke ahead…

Looks like God is integrating the eastern half of the U.S. today.


It appears to be an indefinite integral.

[This is a real weather map from 5 minutes ago … Those of us inside that ‘integral sign’ are getting rained on for a while!]

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We live below the NEBR coefficient :wink: and got only .60 overnight, thankfully. Some fireworks, though, but not too serious, and I thought maybe some small hail, but I think it was actually just wet leaves coming down in the wind and their staccato hitting the house.

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Finally one or these that’s near and dear to my heart:

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Had to stare at that one for a bit before I realized what was going on. I “can’t believe” how long it took me to get it!

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I’m just not sure whether to believe that.

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So you spend a lot of time at the “Agnostic Cafe” do you?

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“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:6

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