Someone just asked why I didn't put up some sort of an April Fools Day post this year to serve as a successor to last year's effort. A couple of reasons come to mind. First, such a post is either expected or effective; it cannot be both. Second, the idiosyncrasies of the calendar have placed this day upon a Wednesday in 2009, and I have elected to turn my limited comical resources toward the flock whom I undershepherd.
At tonight's prayer meeting and Bible study, I announced that we were going to be studying not Daniel 8 (as expected) but Hosea 1. Puzzled looks appeared on everyone's faces. Then I explained my reasoning. The book of Daniel switches from Aramaic to Hebrew after Daniel 7:28. This fact, I told the assembled congregation, clearly reveals a change in authorship and date for the material starting in chapter 8 through the end of the book. These chapters, I firmly asserted to them, do not belong in the Bible, and therefore we're not going to bother to study them.
You should've seen their faces before I let them off the hook!
So, I had my April mischief today, just not where you might have expected it.