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Preachers should use every technique possible, including humor, to develop their sermons, says pastor and comedian Susan Sparks. Her how-to book on sermon preparation is pure gold for those who wish to improve their sermons. […] Read More

I read something recently that reduced me to a state of helpless laughter. It was an article in the Church of England newspaper, “The Church Times,” and it was about a bishop of a bygone generation who had a wonderful if sometimes waspish sense of humor. I found it to be absolutely hilarious – it […] Read More

Learn to Speak BCE

Laughter is missing in much of the Christian community, even though the biblical witness has encouraging words about laughter. Upon hearing that his aged wife would bear a son, Abram fell to the ground with laughter (Genesis 17:17). “God has given me laughter. Everyone who hears about it will laugh with me,” said Sarah after […] Read More

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary a few weeks ago by attending a performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The experience reminded me of a few things that might be applied to the church. Here are three. 1. When insight into human nature is combined with humor, the […] Read More

Editor’s note: Read Robert Parham’s editorial, A Church of Christ Show Pushes Comedy, Cultural Critique in All the Right Ways, from June 2012. “It’s like Mark Twain meets God – and likes the God he meets.” That’s how a friend of Lee Camp’s described Camp’s “theological variety show,” Tokens, which takes place several times a […] Read More

“So, I have a friend who is critiquing ‘Duck Dynasty’ for being misogynist toward the women in the show. I don’t get it. What do you all think?” A totally normal text to receive from my dad on a Monday morning. But seriously, let’s talk about this show. I don’t want to spend lots of […] Read More

I’m writing these words on my 54th birthday, and I’m in a reflective mood. I’m thinking about what I have learned in my five and a half decades of living. Here’s a list, in no particular order: Baseball is still the greatest sport in the world, but I have a suspicion that rugby is even […] Read More

Have you ever tried a geographical cure for your problems? Just move to a new city and leave your problems in the old one.  The difficulties you’ve had and the challenges you’ve faced in the past are the fault of the clueless employers and insensitive co-workers you’ve been cooped-up with for all these years.  So […] Read More

Everything I knew about the Church of Christ, better known pejoratively among Baptists as Campbellites, is probably wrong. What I experienced recently at a spectacular event at Nashville’s Lipscomb University was contextually prophetic, musically energizing, mockingly delightful, profoundly Christian. Truly a rarity in Christian entertainment, the show was irreverent and reverent with first-rate performers and […] Read More

Potential hypocrisy notwithstanding, here are my 10 questions for the week: No. 1. Why is it that so many political and religious ideologues describe those on the other side of the aisle as “extremist, virulent, heretical and divisive,” while the ideologues on their side of the aisle are labeled “courageous, prophetic leaders”? No. 2. Why […] Read More