Doing stand-up for God

Can you say the word “breast” in a sermon? If so, how often?

When trying to keep a congregation’s attention during a long homily, how much disrobing in the pulpit is too much?

And what is the deal with communion tablecloths? Can they be used for anything besides communion — say, as props or costume accessories?

Paul Vitello of The New York Times asks these and other questions in a story about a workshop at Union seminary on the uses of humor in ministry.

So, people, what are the uses of humor in ministry? What's the best joke you've ever heard from a pulpit? And did it have anything to do with the readings?

Comments (2)

How often? Once, and only if it has the word chicken in front of it.

I'm terrible at remembering jokes, but I was amused by a recent comment on this blog: "Is Jesus your personal Lord and savior? Answer: No. I share him."

Well, there have been the times when, based on that lesson from John's Gospel, I have preached on cannibalism....

Marshall Scott

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