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Today’s issue is transgenderism and their outrage over Nano.

The sexual revolutionaries of our day have unleashed a kind of thinking that has come back to bite them in whatever their heinies self-identify as.

Prime example, the world is now familiar with the 20-year old woman by the name of Nano who lives in Norway and claims that she was “born in the wrong species” and self-identifies as a cat. Wow. Remember when the hardest thing to believe is that it wasn’t butter?

Many transgender people are highly offended at Nano, because quite frankly, it shows the tenuous nature of their worldview.

The reality is (and I know I’m on shaky ground in a world that denies reality), but if you have boy parts you’re a boy and if you have girl parts you’re a girl. It’s objective reality. And if you’re a boy who cuts off his boy parts that doesn’t make you a girl. It makes you a very sad boy.

Nano confirmed her suspicions of being a cat when she realized how many times a day she was saying, “Sufferin’ succotash.”

When dogs are nearby Nano hisses. Sometimes she even laments out loud, “Who let the dogs out?”

I’m not going to give you the details of her cat box, but I will say this is one girl you don’t wanna go to the beach with!

Despite having excellent predator night vision, she has confessed that she has never actually caught a mouse. Though she has been kicked out of Chuck E. Cheese twice.

Right now there are 63 identifiable gender categories. And only 31 flavors?

The prevailing cultural truth is that gender isn’t between your legs. It’s between your ears. If that’s true then why can’t species be between your ears? Or why can’t your race be between your ears? Oh, I remember… because it doesn’t match reality.

For example, if you’re in a boxing match and someone knocks you out… if the ref comes over to you and says, “Congratulations! You came in second place,” he’s lying. He’s not telling you the truth about reality.

Beware who’s brainwashing who!

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Brad Stine Has Issues: The Emotional Card with Josh Harris

Brad Stine: If there is anything that the intolerant has learned from the cultural narrative of America, it’s simply this: You don’t have to have the facts. All you have to do to win a debate is to pull out the Emotional Card.Brad Stine Has Issues: The Emotional Card with Josh Harris

Which brings me to my buddy, Josh Harris!

Josh Harris: Thanks, Brad. You know, you bring up a very important point. And I can take things to another level. If you truly want to win someone over to your side and agree with your point of view… especially a lady… and really connect with her on a heart-to-heart level, all you have to do is leave her a voicemail over an R&B track!

Like this (R&B track begins):

Oh yeah, Georgiana… I saw you at the Humane Society, girl.

You were looking A-B-C-D-lightful!

Did we take a science class together?

Because I know we had chemistry.

Let’s do this…

Girl, I saw you at the kennel, didn’t know what to do.

You were looking so fly the moment that I saw you.

We didn’t get to talking, but I ain’t worried.

Cuz a poker player never shows his hand too early.

I didn’t make a move, but I knew you’d let me in.

I stepped back, stayed relaxed, got your number from a friend.

You’re a thief in the night who has just been caught.

Like a cardiac arrest, cuz you stole my heart.

Be my sun, my moon, my end, my beginning

Girl, if you weren’t in my world, the earth would stop spinning.

Your heart is melting in the palm of my hand.

You’re dying to know, “Who’s this mystery man?!”

I’m the last guy that you’ll ever cherish.

Here’s a little secret, my name’s…

Phone Service Operator: You have reached the maximum time permitted for recording your message. Your message has been sent. Goodbye.

Josh: NOOOO!! I was so close!

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Truth vs. The World – Dog Saver or Human Hater?

It is time for Truth vs. The World, where true stories are exposed so we can laugh and mock them when they need to be so people can grow up and actually deal with truth!

Here is a true story about the world we live in and why it’s a problem:

The daughter of the 8th richest man in the world, Georgina Bloomberg, flew to Puerto Rico on a private jet to rescue 30 stray dogs.

I guess that Sarah McLachlan song got to her!

The 30 dogs on the tiny island of Vieques were flown to the Palm Beach International Airport. (The mail men of Vieques thank you, by the way.) The dogs ended up on the island by flying on a commercial airline originally bound for Kankakee, Illinois.

Truth vs. The World - Dog Saver or Human Hater?

Source: Georgina Bloomberg/Instagram

The dogs were described as “living in poverty”.

Is this a social issue now?

Obviously most dogs live in poverty, still I bet they didn’t pay for that with a credit card!

Georgina flew on a private jet to pick up some dogs, isn’t she concerned about the exhaust and carbon footprint she’s leaving?

When asked if all the dogs would fit comfortable on the Jet she replied, “Of course! There is plenty of room in the overhead compartments!”

Bloomberg’s daughter said she was put on this earth to do good to animals… not humans… not unborn babies… not even starving children or people whose lives were destroyed by disasters… but animals.

As you know on this show we like to make fun of ideas and thoughts because we feel like liberty belongs to us, too. But, we do try to cut to the chase.

What are we really dealing with here?

As much as we love our pets, they do not have the imprint of the Creator on their souls… because they don’t have souls.

Well, maybe that’s the issue, that imprint has been marred in the soul of humanity, so we begin to rescue pets instead of people.

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Daren Streblow

Today we’re excited to be launching The Daren Streblow Comedy tour! The first leg is going to be in the Montana area.

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Monday, April 25th – Sheridan, WY
Tuesday, April 26th – Miles City, MT
Thursday, April 28th – Helena, MT
Friday, April 29th – Lewistown, MT
Saturday, April 30th – Great Falls, MT

Sunday, May 1st – Eureka, MT
Monday, May 2nd – Kalispell, MT
Tuesday, Mary 3rd – Havre, MT
Wednesday, May 4th – Williston, ND

Here is a quick video of what you can look forward to seeing.

When I started in this Business I had a mentor and I was very blessed to have him, welcome Brad Stine! We worked together a few weeks ago it was so fun watching you work live again. I was noticing when you were interacting with the crowd just how much you enjoyed not only making them laugh but also making them thing. You almost enjoy it as much as the laughter is that accurate to say? Brad says starting up in the comedy business no one knows where their going to end up. When he started he didn’t know he was going to be as huge of as start as he was, he just wanted to be funny, but he was a Christian and he was conservative. That just happen to be who he was but Brad says he didn’t apply it to his comedy initially. He was just trying to be a clean comic with out curse words or sex jokes. So it made Brad compete better with those who were dirty.

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As Brad began telling jokes in churches and folks who were more aware of our heritage as a Christian nation and our founding fathers that became very important to Brad. He felt like he had to say something, he says the moment you have the feeling that you have to say something, you are going to lose a broader audience. Brad and I talked about how it’s a riskier move to do this and Brad says you have to decide in those moments, What is the purpose of your comedy? Is it to make a living? Then Brad says keep it vanilla, broad and let everyone think you’re the sweetest person. For Brad he just felt that at the end of the day he had to answer to God for what he did in this culture and how he impacted it.

I’ve known Brad to be a very authentic person, I ask “Why it’s so important to you?” Brad said he likes to speak truths even when it gets him heat from Christians. He says he does get push back from people but that he also gets a lot of appreciation from people. Brad says his goal is to give people hope in this journey of faith that is filled with mistakes and screw-ups. Brad starts to talk about how we are called to love God and others. He shares something very profound about the second part of that response. There seems to be a connection between how you see yourself and how you love yourself to how you can be the type of neighbor and the type of Christian Gods wants you to be. Brad shares that one of the things he’s been working on is to learn how to forgive himself as quickly as God forgives him. One of the biggest things we have as believers is grace. When we ask for forgiveness we know we’re forgiven but Brad asks “Do we forgive ourselves that quickly?”

Brad says the truth is we don’t forgive ourselves as quickly as God does, we sit there and sulk and say we’re not worth. It’s not true, the enemy would love for us to believe that but it’s not. To realize that Jesus died for every sins even the ones we haven’t done yet, that’s what makes it amazing grace!

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One of my favorite comedians, Brad Stine, joins the show this week fresh off the heels of being featured in the movie Persecuted with stars James Remar, Bruce Davison, and Dean Stockwell – just one more contribution to 2014’s “Year of Bible Movies”, including Noah, Son of God, Heaven Is For Real, and many others.  One of Brad’s highlights of making the film was picking the brain of Producer Gray Frederickson of Godfather and Apocalypse Now fame.  But even more importantly, Brad sees a huge need for Christians to create compelling and well done God-centered and God-inspired movies if for nothing else to bring glory to Him through the arts.

Now, as for me, I can take dark colors, what some may consider questionable material, and salty language, so long as it’s within context and not gratuitous.  A perfect example was when my wife and I watched the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy recently and had to turn it off, as we felt that the violence, language, and overall tone of the show was simply too much and beyond what was needed to set the context of the story.  On the other hand, I remember seeing a faith-based film with a scene involving some gang-bangers that were practically hanging around saying “gosh, golly, gee-whiz”.  Basically, I feel like Hollywood has lost touch with what makes us human.  Personally, I go back to when I saw the Bourne Identity and I remember when Matt Damon’s character was betrayed and his story arc changed… and I simply didn’t care.  I remember sitting there thinking, “C’mon guys… even if it’s something bad, make me care!  Make me, the viewer, feel something!”

It’s in response to this, that I feel that the faith-based community has an opportunity to create the types of dramas that can make audiences feel something that they long to feel:  sympathy and empathy for characters, redeeming story lines, and true heroes.

Or, as Brad puts it, we need to get back to the classic goal of the arts:  to drive artists to transcendence.  Art was supposed to show us that there is something greater than just us and uplift us.  We see this in classic architecture, music, design, and the visual arts.  Yet, somewhere along the road, art changed.  “Artists” now seem like they’re just pretending to create art as they dehumanize and degrade what once was beautiful and admirable.  And what’s worse is that they’ve convinced themselves that their efforts actually make us better people.

But, what Brad finds most interesting and ironic in regards to entertainment and American Christianity is the fact that we’ve never been oppressed (until now); we’ve never had anything at stake for our faith (until now); we’ve never been maligned or attacked (until now); so, as a reaction, we became soft, safe, compromising cowards.  You see, Jesus didn’t die so that we can be happy when we’re happy.  Real life is messy.  And God wants to show us what we can be when things straight up suck.

Imagine Brad pitching this as a “faith-based” film:  A guy voyeuristically watches his neighbor’s wife shower, then he has sex with her, and then he kills her husband.  It’s a phenomenal faith-based story!!  Brad would get laughed out of Hollywood! (or Toronto, or Vancouver, or wherever Christian studios are making their movies these days).  I mean, how do are he even suggest that something that evil could be faith-based and God-inspired.  That is, until you realize that Brad just summarized act two of King David’s life.

What Brad really wants to know is why is it that so many Christian film makers today are afraid of telling certain stories because they might be “inappropriate”, when God Himself chose so many incredibly “inappropriate” stories to share with us throughout His Word!  Aren’t we headed in a bad direction when we become more stringent censors that God?

Brad boils it down to the point that in America, we have trained ourselves to judge content over context, and that is where we have lost proper perspective.  God says that He judges our hearts.  Therefore, what is it that we are trying to accomplish with this mode of conversation?  Is it redeeming?  Does it talk about evil properly and show that light will conquer over darkness?  Does it relate God’s truth or does it merely glorify man?

Now, I believe that if you look at a show like Game of Thrones, you can see God in its stories by looking at His absence.  You can clearly see what life was like for a group of people in a time and culture when darkness ruled in the hearts of the people and instead of choosing to seek out God, they only served themselves and wound up in ever darker and darker situations to the point where human life meant nothing.

I mean art – all art – should feed something in your soul.  Whether it’s rap music, violent movies, feel-good comedies, or Christian-fiction novels, it should feed you in some way.

Now, in addition to stand up comedy and movie acting, Brad has also been busy developing a curriculum based on a Christian worldview.  Basically, life is very simple:  you either believe in God or you don’t.  But, how you answer the question of whether or not you believe in Him will effect every answer you will have for the rest of your life.  Brad has tackled this and other deep and consequential questions throughout his comedy career, but recently, he has begun work on an honest to goodness Bible Study / DVD series.

To find out more about what Brad’s up to, check out www.BradStine.com.

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I think we need to start over and rename just about every candy product currently on the market. For instance, Snickers – while delicious, the name implies that there may be a secret ingredient in there that the developers don’t want us to know about; Mars Bar – are we really supposed to trust the ingredients that aliens from outer space placed in these snacks?; Babe Ruth – this candy bar tastes like a fat, sweaty baseball player (mmmm… good); Charleston Chew and Big League Chew – I don’t think so… not for children; Butterfinger – whether you look at it as a finger of butter or just butter on your finger, neither conjures pleasurable candy images; M&M’s – Why M’s and more M’s? I’m confused. Shouldn’t it just be M’s?; Almond Joy – really? The almonds are about to be consumed, I’m pretty sure their not too crazy about it, much less filled with joy; Mounds – dirt?; Nerds – really?; Jawbreakers – what happened, was “Broken Femur” already taken?; Jolly Ranchers – lovely thought, but I’ll bet they specialize in beef and that’s just disgusting, if not totally unrelated; Mild Duds – made from milk that fails to work properly?; Sour Patch Kids – I’ve yet to come across a sour patch in a garden or even in a candy factory, especially one that births children; Gummy Worms – candy parasites… need I say more?; Payday – yeah… maybe for the candy maker, but no one else; Wax Lips – they shouldn’t even be selling these. ‘Nuff. Said.

Next, my friend Stacy Pederson joins the show for the first time to talk about her tough times as of late stemming from her addictions as a “hair-aholic”. Despite a fairly normal childhood – with pigtails, ponytails and a few barrettes – it was on her tenth birthday that her aunt gave her a hot pink Conair blow dryer. It was love at first sight. Shortly after, she was introduced to Rave #4 Megahold hairspray, and she got her first “hair-high”. The high hair was the gateway to her first chemical sun-in, and it’s been a downward spiral ever since. She’s had high-hair, long hair, low-hair, hippie hair, no hair… she’s even gone so far as wigging.

But after going cold-turkey, she’s been product free now for three weeks and she realizes that her hair doesn’t need to be in a chemically altered state to be beautiful.

Finally, clean comedy legend, and my mentor, Brad Stine calls in. Brad was the first person that I heard on stage that made me speechless with laughter. Then and there, I made up my mind that I wanted to be a stand up comedian and make people laugh like Brad does. Yet, according to Brad, the fact that I’m working in radio reflects pretty poorly on his mentoring skills. But even Brad is joining the ranks of podcasters, with his monthly PC Free Zone show, where he explores truth and issues openly, without having to second and third guess the political correctness of every syllable. The only rule for him and his guests is that no one is allowed to be offended. It truly is a safe place to talk about today’s hot button issues.

This is very important – even near and dear to Brad’s heart – because it’s no longer worrisome in America if someone has sinned, it’s only bad if someone has offended someone else.

Now, one thing that few people know about Brad is how introverted he truly is. On stage, he’s passionate, brash and lays it all out there. But, like most successful comic, he is also smart and introspective. He’s someone who thinks about himself and the world around him very deeply. This process makes people like Brad come face to face with his struggles and pain. What makes him so special, though, is how he turns that pain and insecurities into cathartic laughter for himself and anyone who gets to hear him. Brad actually finds the process and performing quite powerful, in that he gets to shine a light on humanity and expose the world it for what it is while unapologetically and courageously illuminating hard issues… all while making people fold over in laughter.

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Comedian Daren Streblow joins the show this week and his love affair with bacon is thrust into the spotlight.  This stems from a recent headline that read, “If You Read This Story About Bacon, You Will Never Eat Bacon Again!”

So, like any bacon lover would do, I immediately yanked the plug from my computer right out of the wall before it was contaminated by such nonsense filth! I mean, really, what kind of monster is the writer who would misuse their God-given talents tot destroy the happiness of so many innocent bacon lovers?!  Are health writers out of their minds?!?!

Agreed! I was eating bacon ice cream just a month ago!

These are the same people who destroy the dreams and imaginations of children by telling them rotten behind-the-scenes tales of puppet shows. (You know those puppets are fake, right? They were made in the slums of china by child slave workers just so that you can sit here laughing at them. It’s not even really moving on its own. It’s being operated by a guy backstage with bad breath named Biff. Biff doesn’t even like kids. He’s only doing the show because he owes his sister money.) That’s right – these bacon haters are simply evil people.

Their fundamental flaw is that they try to appeal to bacon lovers’ desire for self-preservation.  I mean, does anyone really believe that bacon is nutritious? Just because I sprinkle it profusely over salad doesn’t indicate that I think that bacon is good for me.

We don’t eat bacon because it’s healthy.  We eat it because it makes our taste buds sing like angels and confetti burst from our mouths in glorious celebration.

If these authors were really interested in curbing the behavior patterns of us bacon lovers, what they’d really need to do is go much deeper and speak to the core of our beings. They’d need to discover and write about is something to the effect of “Bacon has been proved to ruining the taste of donuts”. THAT would get us thinking twice before devouring more bacon!

I liken it to when I was told in school that drinking alcohol kills your brain cells. But then, in the very next breath, they’d tell us that we have something like 7 billion brain cells. I mean, I’m not a math wiz, but I’m thinking I’ve got a few cells to burn. And then they told us that we only use about a tenth of our brain anyways, so the way I saw it was that I could kill off about 90% of it with alcohol and still function normally. So I tried it. All this to say, I don’t understand why they try to frighten us into changing our behaviors with the threat of chopping off five-to-ten years from our lifespan. I mean, if I’m looking at dying at 80 instead of 90 and those last ten years are spent eating soft foods with a colostomy bag taped to my leg, I may be okay with having a drink and eating some bacon.

All this to say, a recent article that Daren discovered reported that most comedians border on psychosis.  And because of this unique wiring, they are able to come up with their off the wall and humorous observations.

Similar to putting bacon on salad:  telling jokes is like the healthy salad and the comedian’s psychotic personality is like the toxic bacon.  Together, people in general love them.

One factor that contributes to Daren’s bouts with melancholy (his own manifestation of psychosis) is his comparison of the world around us versus the way the world should be.  And what he sees everyday simply doesn’t measure up to his idealistic model.

Likewise, as I recently heard in a sermon – one of the biggest arguments people have against faith in a loving God is all the evil they see in the world.  Yet what they don’t understand is that the world is the way it is due to Genesis chapter 3 – the fall of man and the introduction of sin into our existence.

As the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says:  acceptance is the answer to all my problems.  Not just some of them, but all of them.  When I can’t accept things as they are, that’s when internal conflict begins to boil over.

Now, according to Daren, there is another step to this – there is accepting and then there is improving.  Yes, first you have to accept the current state of things before you can improve them.  But then you can strive to improve them, to the best of your ability, and move forward.

It’s with this as a backbone that Daren and I discuss the comedy industry – how each of us started and some of the lessons we have learned.

Dating back to Daren’s childhood, he wasn’t even allowed to say the word “Darn”, since it may lead to a more nefarious vocabulary. This paved the road for him learning that by doing “clean comedy”, he received a much greater response than “going blue”. Plus it makes raising his four boys (or raccoons on speed, as he calls them) much easier since there are fewer “wrong words” for his sons to quote back to him. Not to mention that cussing and discussing overtly questionable topics simply went against his Christian convictions. It even took quite a bit of time spent in prayer when he first considered performing at comedy clubs.

Daren also discovered that he received warm receptions from other comics backstage as well, thanks to his devotion to putting Jesus first in his decision making process and praying constantly. Some would even say something like, “You’re not like other Christians I know… you’re nice!” (which makes you wonder what “Christians” they knew)

As the Bible tells us, we should be the salt and the light to this flavorless and dark world.  Entertainers – and everyone, really – needs to know that the world we live and work in can be a very dark cesspool, but in dire need of a light.

Not to say following Jesus made Daren funny. In fact, he admits that when he first started out in clubs, he was downright awful. He thought his stuff was funny, but his material went over like a pregnant pole-vaulter. But, like any good craft, over time it got better and better until he became the sought-after funny man that he is today.

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One of my favorite comedians, Brad Stine, joins the show this week fresh off the heels of being featured in the movie Persecuted with stars James Remar, Bruce Davison, and Dean Stockwell – just one more contribution to 2014’s “Year of Bible Movies”, including Noah, Son of God, Heaven Is For Real, and many others yet to be released.  One of Brad’s highlights of making the film was picking the brain of Producer Gray Frederickson of Godfather and Apocalypse Now fame.  But even more importantly, Brad sees a huge need for Christians to create compelling and well done God-centered and God-inspired movies if for nothing else to bring glory to Him through the arts.

Now, as for me, I can take dark colors, what some may consider questionable material, and salty language, so long as it’s within context and not gratuitous.  A perfect example was when my wife and I watched the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy recently and had to turn it off, as we felt that the violence, language, and overall tone of the show was simply too much and beyond what was needed to set the context of the story.  On the other hand, I remember seeing a faith-based film with a scene involving some gang-bangers that were practically hanging around saying “gosh, golly, gee-whiz”.  Basically, I feel like Hollywood has lost touch with what makes us human.  Personally, I go back to when I saw the Bourne Identity and I remember when Matt Damon’s character was betrayed and his story arc changed… and I simply didn’t care.  I remember sitting there thinking, “C’mon guys… even if it’s something bad, make me care!  Make me, the viewer, feel something!”

It’s in response to this, that I feel that the faith-based community has an opportunity to create the types of dramas that can make audiences feel something that they long to feel:  sympathy and empathy for characters, redeeming story lines, and true heroes.

Or, as Brad puts it, we need to get back to the classic goal of the arts:  to drive artists to transcendence.  Art was supposed to show us that there is something greater than just us and uplift us.  We see this in classic architecture, music, design, and the visual arts.  Yet, somewhere along the road, art changed.  “Artists” now seem like they’re just pretending to create art as they dehumanize and degrade what once was beautiful and admirable.  And what’s worse is that they’ve convinced themselves that their efforts actually make us better people.

But, what Brad finds most interesting and ironic in regards to entertainment and American Christianity is the fact that we’ve never been oppressed (until now); we’ve never had anything at stake for our faith (until now); we’ve never been maligned or attacked (until now); so, as a reaction, we became soft, safe, compromising cowards.  You see, Jesus didn’t die so that we can be happy when we’re happy.  Real life is messy.  And God wants to show us what we can be when things straight up suck.

Imagine Brad pitching this as a “faith-based” film:  A guy voyeuristically watches his neighbor’s wife shower, then he has sex with her, and then he kills her husband.  It’s a phenomenal faith-based story!!  Brad would get laughed out of Hollywood! (or Toronto, or Vancouver, or wherever Christian studios are making their movies these days).  I mean, how do are he even suggest that something that evil could be faith-based and God-inspired.  That is, until you realize that Brad just summarized act two of King David’s life.

What Brad really wants to know is why is it that so many Christian film makers today are afraid of telling certain stories because they might be “inappropriate”, when God Himself chose so many incredibly “inappropriate” stories to share with us throughout His Word!  Aren’t we headed in a bad direction when we become more stringent censors that God?

Brad boils it down to the point that in America, we have trained ourselves to judge content over context, and that is where we have lost proper perspective.  God says that He judges our hearts.  Therefore, what is it that we are trying to accomplish with this mode of conversation?  Is it redeeming?  Does it talk about evil properly and show that light will conquer over darkness?  Does it relate God’s truth or does it merely glorify man?

Now, I believe that if you look at a show like Game of Thrones, you can see God in its stories by looking at His absence.  You can clearly see what life was like for a group of people in a time and culture when darkness ruled in the hearts of the people and instead of choosing to seek out God, they only served themselves and wound up in ever darker and darker situations to the point where human life meant nothing.

I mean art – all art – should feed something in your soul.  Whether it’s rap music, violent movies, feel-good comedies, or Christian-fiction novels, it should feed you in some way.

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Comedian Daren Streblow joins the show this week and his love affair with bacon is thrust into the spotlight.  This stems from a recent headline that read, “If You Read This Story About Bacon, You Will Never Eat Bacon Again!”  I mean, really, what kind of monster is the writer who would misuse their God-given talents tot destroy the happiness of so many innocent bacon lovers?!  Are health writers out of their minds?!?!

These are the same people who destroy the dreams and imaginations of children by telling them rotten behind-the-scenes tales of puppet shows.

Their fundamental flaw is that they try to appeal to bacon lovers’ desire for self-preservation.  I mean, does anyone really believe that bacon is nutritious?

We don’t eat bacon because it’s healthy.  We eat it because it makes our taste buds sing like angels and confetti burst from our mouths in glorious celebration.

All this to say, a recent article that Daren discovered reported that most comedians border on psychosis.  And because of this unique wiring, they are able to come up with their off the wall and humorous observations.

Similar to putting bacon on salad:  telling jokes is like the healthy salad and the comedian’s psychotic personality is like the toxic bacon.  Together, people in general love them.

One factor that contributes to Daren’s bouts with melancholy (his own manifestation of psychosis) is his comparison of the world around us versus the way the world should be.  And what he sees everyday simply doesn’t measure up to his idealistic model.

Likewise, as I recently heard in a sermon – one of the biggest arguments people have against faith in a loving God is all the evil they see in the world.  Yet what they don’t understand is that the world is the way it is due to Genesis chapter 3 – the fall of man and the introduction of sin into our existence.

As the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says:  acceptance is the answer to all my problems.  Not just some of them, but all of them.  When I can’t accept things as they are, that’s when internal conflict begins to boil over.

Now, according to Daren, there is another step to this – there is accepting and then there is improving.  Yes, first you have to accept the current state of things before you can improve them.  But then you can strive to improve them, to the best of your ability, and move forward.

It’s with this as a backbone that Daren and I discuss the comedy industry – how each of us started and some of the lessons we have learned.

Daren learned fairly early that by doing “clean comedy”, he received a much greater response than “going blue”.

He also discovered that he would receive warm receptions from other comics backstage as well.

Some would even say something like, “You’re not like other Christians I know… you’re nice!” (which makes you wonder what “Christians” they knew)

As the Bible tells us, we should be the salt and the light to this flavorless and dark world.  Entertainers – and everyone, really – needs to know that the world we live and work in can be a very dark cesspool, but in dire need of a light.

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