Thursday, January 13, 2011

Seminary Bloopers

Scholastic Comedy
December 16, 2010 by mikewittmer (Taken from Don't Stop Believing).

I’m in the middle of the end of semester grading, and here are some interesting comments I’ve seen so far.

One paper footnoted the term “the.” It was obviously a mistake, as there is not a whole lot more information you can give down below.

Another sentence read “Notice the tow ‘ifs.’” To which I reply, if you want me to notice a specific word, don’t misspell the word right before it, because that’s all I’m going to see.

I’m collecting student bloopers like that one, and I’ve now reached fifty. Some of the ones that came in during the past year or so:

“Mary was conceived through the Holy Spirit, which caused her to be pregnant with Jesus.” (Even Roman Catholics don’t believe that Mary was pregnant before she was born).

“The power of Christ could not be overcome by Satin’s power of death.” (That 800 thread count is a killer)

“The issue of baptism is as old as itself.” (No kidding!).

Martian Luther is the theologian of justification.” (He is out of this world!).

“The decorative cause of evil is not a creation of YHWH, but us.” (So the cause of evil is…Martha Stewart?)

“In Arminius’ view, the correct order of the gospel is that God gave His Sin, to whom we respond by repentance and faith.” (This seems to be a stretch, even for Arminians)

“It seems obvious to Luther that Pope Leo has been told quite negative things about his message and the manor in which that message is delivered.” (Not only does the pope disagree with what you’re saying, he also thinks your house is the ugliest building in Germany).

“For instance, if one becomes hungry, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway seem to be in every medium to large size city in the USA. While on the expressway there are exits where one goes to rest or buy gasoline for continence.” (Doesn’t gas contribute to incontinence?)

Finally, I was reading a college catalogue last week and noticed an intriguing course entitled “The Intercultural Mandate.” This seems to be political correctness run amok. I know about the cultural mandate and the redemptive mandate, but I’ve never heard of this one. Is it God’s command for us to mingle?!

I would like to see evangelical colleges and seminaries return to the old language of “Christian missions.” I understand that it’s more academically respectable to say “Intercultural Studies,” but words do matter. I suspect that, at least in some circles, the redemptive mandate is being replaced by the intercultural mandate, whatever that is.

And for an encore, here are three more jokes that you have probably already heard but were new to me:

1. I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
2. There are three kinds of people in the world, those who can count and those who can’t.
3. Grand Rapids was on the verge of getting an NFL team, but the league decided that if we got one then Detroit would want one too.

1 comment:

  1. HILARIOUS!!! These were cracking me up... I am going to go back, read them again and then show eric so i can read them again!! =) can't wait to see you guys in June, btw!!



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