A Jagged Contention: Humor

“If the Gospel is ever experienced for the ridiculous good news that it is, then laughter is soon to follow…Humor and hyperbole are, then, delicate ministers of God’s good relief. In various ways, either through satire or self-deprecation, humor is a way of uncoupling the truth from its sting. It is a way of including oneself on the wrong side of the righteousness equation. It is a delightful willingness to be wrong, because you can afford to be. It also allows us the privilege of disarming the stings against us, to find humor in things around us that might have wounded or offended us before.”

– William McDavid, Ethan Richardson, and David Zahl, Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints), pg. 74


Do you think there is enough laughter in the church? If laughter and humor are a fruit of the freedom we have in Christ, why do you think so many view the church as a joyless place?

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