I’m filling in for Anne Wolf Fraley today This is a bittersweet post, as this is my last time posting with RevGals. I know this comes as a surprise to many of you, and perhaps there are better ways to share this information, but here we are.

calvin_boxThe reason I’m leaving is that I’ve accepted a position as the editor of a new satirical online magazine, like the Onion. While there are already satirical religious sites like Landover Baptist, Betty Bowers, and Babylon Bee, this new site (the name of which remains secret until our unveiling) will be more deeply theological, and will engage topics one might read in the American Academy of Religion. Our hope is to be more than merely funny: our mission is to use humor to challenge theologians on topics that are too often considered, well, sacred for lack of a better word.

It’s been a real privilege to be a part of this blogging team, and I’m grateful for every interaction I’ve had with other bloggers, commenters, and gals who have messaged me privately. And who knows? Maybe I’ll guest post on RevGals in the future.

But enough of the personal stuff. We’re here for the Friday Five!

April Fools! I’m not really leaving, I have no such job offer, and the online magazine doesn’t exist (though I wish it did!)

In many English speaking countries, April 1 is April Fool’s Day, though our Scottish friends might be hunting the Gowk. There’s something fishy about this day in France and Italy, where it is Poisson d’Avril and Pesce d’Aprile, respectively. Our Danish friends call it Maj-Kat, and for Persians it’s Sizdah Bedar.

For some churches, the second Sunday in Easter is “Holy Humo[u]r Sunday” – and that’s this coming Sunday!

So on this day of jokes, tricks, pranks, and tall-tales:

  1. How does humo[u]r inform your life and/or your ministry?
  2. Share a story of a prank you have played on someone, or one that has been played on you.
  3. Tell us about a bigger prank – maybe one on the internet, or one in a community – that is particularly memorable.
  4. Is there an “April Fool’s” story in the Bible that has stuck with you for one reason or another? Maybe it’s a story of deception, or a surprising turn of events.
  5. Tell us a tall tale, a joke, anything you’d like to share.

Share in the comments below, or on your own blog. If you blog it, please come back here and post a link so we can read your answers!

Oh, and please, someone create that satirical magazine! I’ll read it!

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6 thoughts on “Friday Five: Unexpected Events Edition

  1. When I was a child, a large, very cute stuffed rabbit was on display in a store I shopped at with my best friend. We signed up for a drawing to win the bunny and I really wanted it badly. On April 1st, my friend excitedly told me that she was the winner. I felt a stab of jealousy so sharp and painful that for a moment I could hardly look at my friend. Then she called out “April Food’s!” I use the story in Children’s messages every few years, when jealousy comes up in one of the texts.
    On my last Sunday at my previous call, I walked up to the pulpit and saw a huge white stuffed rabbit. No note, just this lovely reminder that someone had been listening and remembered my story. It took a few months for me to find out who had given it to me and I thanked her profusely.


    1. I love how you use this time you felt jealousy as a child to convey the concept to children!

      (I always remember that jealousy always feels – yea lousy.)

      And how sweet to know that people listen and remember!


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