Funny and Free

New Release Today is essentially an online Christian bookstore. In fact, it’s the biggest one of its kind. It’s got interviews with Christian artists. It’s got videos. It’s got movie trailers and reviews, books, a book club, concert tour schedules, and it’s got seven of its own free, online radio stations. It’s also a community of bloggers. And if you want, you can be one of them. Just sign up, submit something, post something, or even trade music. It’s an interesting community. But why talk about a site like this? Well, because I’m a cheapskate. See, under the Music tab there is a constantly updated selection of downloadable music. And every week there is a section of free stuff. When you’re pinching pennies, it’s pretty hard to beat free! FIND IT @

Tony Hale is pretty well known as an actor. He’s currently on a show called Veep playing the right-hand man of the vice-president of the United States. But more importantly, he’s playing at my place on Netflix as my wife and I bingewatch Arrested Development where he plays the fantastically funny Buster Bluth. Recently Hale was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. During the interview Hale does something you don’t really expect from a movie star and late night guest. I’m not sure why you don’t expect it but you don’t. I’ll let you watch the clip to see why.

I’m sure you’ve seen those “Remember these?” or “Only an ‘80s kid will know these” social media posts. Well a while back, a Huffington Post blogger did one titled “10 Signs You Were a Christian Kid in the ‘90s.” Now perhaps that’s a bit too narrow a category for my readers but since it hit the bull’s-eye clean in the centre for me, I figured I’d put it out there and see if its accuracy exceeds the boundaries of the ‘90s alone. Oh, the nostalgia. I can almost feel that felt-board Noah’s Ark now as DC Talk’s “What if I Stumble” plays on my Discman.

First we had the Wittenburg Door magazine (the godfather of modern Christian satire). Then we had Godstuff with Joe Bob Briggs and his hilarious show. (If you don’t know that last one, it’s time for you to get out your Google machine and find out!) Next, the Door came online. Then we got Landover Baptist and Mrs. Betty Bowers, the best Christian in America. There have been a few good attempts at Christian satire over the years. Right now the Babylon Bee is making the rounds on Facebook and introducing a whole new generation to self-deprecation. Well, add another good one to the basket. It’s a little edgier than the Bee but still worth a laugh or two. It’s “The End Times: Apocalyptic Christian Satire” and it’s making me smile. And it’s not just church stuff. Everything from sports to fashion is on the table. I liked “Colin Kaepernick’s Socks Charged with Treason” and “Hillary Celebrates Pneumonia Diagnosis by Hugging Small Child.” Or how about “Fearful, Technophobic Christians Terrorized by Pikachu.” So much humour to take offense to and so little time.


About Bradley Childs

Rev. Bradley Childs is minister at Fairview, Vancouver.