Government Worker Injury!

A civil servant is badly 
hurt falling down the 
stairs of the Post Office 
in Atlanta. He is taken 
to the hospital where 
he remains in a coma 
for several days.

Finally, an eye opens 
and his doctor tells him:

"My friend, I have bad 
news and I have good 
news. First of all, you'll 
never be able to work 

"No," muttered the 
injured bureaucrat.
"What's the bad news?"

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Professor Howdy said...

UNC Prof: Use "defeat," "defense" and "detail" in a sentence.

UNC Student: The rabbit cut across the field, and defeat went over
defence before detail.

Adrian Monk said...


STOCK: A magical piece of paper that is worth $33.75 until the moment
you buy it. It will then be worth $8.50.

BOND: What you had with your spouse until you pawned his/her golf clubs
to invest in

BROKER: The person you trust to help you make major financial decisions.
Please note the first five letters of this word spell "Broke".

BEAR: What your trade account and wallet will be when you take a flyer
on that hot stock tip your secretary gave you.

BULL: What your broker uses to explain why your mutual funds tanked
during the last quarter.

MARGIN: Where you scribble the latest quotes when you're supposed to be
listening to your manager's presentation.

Professor Howdy said...

In Person

"I'm inclined to suspect that there are very few atheists in prison."(1) In his book The God Delusion, Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins sets forth his staggering estimation that post-Christian secular societies are far more moral than societies that operate from a religious foundation. He recounts the horrors carried out in the name of God, moving past the monstrosities of the 20th century at the hands of atheist regimes by claiming their atheism had nothing to do with their behavior. When it comes to behaving ethically, he is insistent that believers are worse than atheists.

British statesman Roy Hattersley, himself a fellow atheist, disagrees. In an article published some time after Hurricane Katrina hit U.S. shores, Hattersley made some observations about the kind of people doing disaster work long after the disaster has been forgotten. "Notable by their absence are teams from rationalist societies, free thinkers' clubs and atheists' associations—the sort of
people who not only scoff at religion's intellectual absurdity but also regard it as a positive force for evil."(2) His words were bold, even if strewn with typical condescension. He continued:

"Civilised people do not believe that drug addiction and male prostitution offend against divine ordinance. But those who do are the men and women most willing to change the fetid bandages, replace the sodden sleeping bags and—probably most difficult of all—argue, without a trace of impatience, that the time has come for some serious medical treatment."

Those who confess the truthfulness of Christianity—and so choose to embody its message—have confounded the world for ages. Throughout the second century there emerged a great number of rumors regarding the curious beliefs and practices of Christians. After all, the leader these people claimed to follow was a criminal executed by Roman authorities. There was thus a great deal of suspicion surrounding the motives and behavior of
Christians. Why would anyone follow a man who had been crucified? Why would they choose to die rather than renounce their faith? Why would they treat those who hate them with kindness?

Professor Howdy said...

A Greek philosopher and opponent of Christianity named Celsus was particularly convinced that Christians were insane. The Nativity story, the Incarnation of God in Christ, among other things, seemed to him completely irrational. "What could be the purpose of such a visit to earth by God? To find out what is taking place among humans? Does He not know everything? Or is it perhaps that He knows, but is incapable of doing anything about evil unless He does it in person?"(3)

Though buried under insult and ignorance, Celsus had his finger on the very quality of Christianity that makes Christians as curious as the philosophy they profess: Their God came in person. In fact, they profess, as Celsus claims, God had to come near; though not because God couldn't speak to us otherwise nor
because God was incapable of touching the world from afar. As a Father who longs to gather his children together, God came near because each child matters. God came near—God came in person—because one lost, or one hurting, or one in need was one God would lay down his life to reach.

Christmas is about remembering the one who came in person. It is this God who came near and reordered the world, calling us to see life and each other in startling new ways. It is this God who stepped into a soiled stable to show us our soiled hearts, who touched the unclean and claimed the untouched. Our morality, our countenance, our very lives are wrought by his coming among us. In each forgotten victim and broken soul we see the face of God because God first saw us.

Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006), 229.
(2) Roy
Hattersley, "Faith Does Breed Charity," The Guardian, September 12, 2005.
(3) As quoted by Origen in the apology Against Celsus.

Professor Howdy said...

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

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