Friday, 9 May 2014


Many people requested a list of the Carlinisms referred to by several of the speakers during the Memorial Service on Saturday, so here goes. These aren’t all original with Carlin, as some were adapted by him because they so succinctly expressed what he truly felt was important:

Tears are a sign of a heart that is under heavy construction.

"Not the one wrong but, the one strong" (with regards to seeking forgiveness and reconciliation)

"Don't give up in the dark what God has shown you in the light."

There are two ways to be rich: 1) Have lots if money 2) Have few needs

"God gives grace for the place!"

Thinking of you lots, Marcia!!! Praying for you always!!

Hugs,  Amy

Sometimes the door needs to be slammed loud enough to be heard.

When faced with an opportunity, ask, Why shouldn’t I do it instead of why should I do it!

In all relationships chose not to be offended.

Son, here’s how to talk about your spouse: “she’s really something.”

If you want to do something lasting and meaningful for your children—love their mother!

When you are really passionate about something, it’s OK to cry.

To be a great leader, remember really good men understand the dynamics of leadership and know how to lead; if you want to be a truly great leader know there are times to be a great follower.

You can never out give God.

It’s just stuff.

No education is ever wasted.

Keep the main thing as the main thing.

When giving or tithing, always round it up.

In church, every person, a ministry.

Re. missions, (out the corner of his mouth) “just write the check!)

Don’t underestimate the power of the Word of God.

Be ready to preach, pray, or die at a moment’s notice.

II Timothy 1:13, 14: “Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.”

What’s down in the well, comes up in the bucket.

You’ll never lose when you help somebody else win.

Tell me what you are for, not what you’re against.

Give yourself to that which will matter 100 years from now.

We’re not smart enough to figure this stuff out on our own.

The way up is down.

The Bible is a layman’s book.

90% of success in ministry is just showing up.

Let’s figure out where God’s wave is and ride it.

Being is far more important than doing.

Hey, Guy!

Consider others better than yourself.

Prayer is the work of the ministry/kingdom

Seek the secret place rather than the opiate of the pulpit.

We need to gather fresh bread every day.

Sometimes going slower will get you there faster.

Go for leadership consensus, it has high value.

The outcome is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick (it could be a lot worse. Perspective)

Don’t jump the chasm twice (be decisive in leadership and do it right the first time)

Keep big things big (the Word of God, prayer, mission, etc.) and little things little (the color of the carpet, projects) and ask God every day to show you which is which.

Sometimes you feel you’re busier than a one armed paper hanger.

When a Thai builder used the words, “Jiggery pokery” for something he didn’t understand, Carlin, and then the Thai missions team, adopted it.

Carlin’s opinion of small planes in turbulent weather, “Ricky, I’m not going on that vomit comet! Pay the extra $10, $15! We’re not going on that vomit comet again!”

Col. 4. Devote yourselves to prayer, be wise, make the most of every opportunity.

To Ronnie, music director at Willingdon: “Ronnie, take us to Jesus. Just take us to Jesus.” (Ron took that to mean “just shut up and sing.”)

Money is tangible gratitude.

Love the church.

Go with the going people.

When hiring staff, only “date” one person at a time.

Just keep putting one foot in front of the other (eg. The centipede)

When getting started on a project “just throw two planks across the river.” Get started.

Sometimes it is right to give a vital person in the group more than one vote.

God will speak loud enough for the willing heart to hear.

Never let anyone leave your office without praying for them.

Always take the long term view of ministry.

There are probably more Carlinisms you have heard. If you think of some, please send them on to the blog at , so they can be added. Marcia

Here are the ones from MB Mission. – J.P.

Prayer is the work of the kingdom

We are not smart enough to figure this out on our own

We need fresh bread each day

“Prayer is the work of ministry”


Listen Folks ….

Sometimes by going slower, you get there faster”.

Ramp up your missions commitment

Let’s press ahead

Let’s keep our powder dry around these items

I have comfort with this

That’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, folks

You have soldiered well

You can paint it with all the colors you want to paint it

That’s about as old as the hills

I’m a bit out of gas to motor on down the road with that

I don’t like jumping over the chasm twice

Full meal deal

Keep those eggs warm

I’ll punch into that bag and see if anything comes out for me

They will do the heavy lifting

He’s from a different cut of cloth

Can we have a certain amount of wiggle and jiggle with that?

I couldn’t get a lid on it

Thanks, guy

You are a gentleman and a scholar

“You’re knee deep in alligators”

“Busier than a one-armed paper hanger.”

“That year was quite the fruit basket upset.”

“I’m finding the edge of things here.”

“My computer is fried … fried up in bacon grease.”


Another Carlinism:
"When considering the amount of the donation cheque, just ask your wife and the one that says the higher number, that's the amount you write."
Thanks so much Marcia.  This week I used one of his Carlinisms.  "I will choose not to be offended".  His sayings were such a blessing and I will keep re-reading them.
Theodore Janzen

In preaching and teaching, I think there is one rule that must be remembered.  It comes in the form of a statement learned from my first preaching professor, Dr. Carlin Weinhauer.  He repeatedly told our eager class of budding preachers: “Never traffic in unfelt truth.”
D. Kroeker

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