Friday 29 April 2011

The Bible in Transmission (Spring 2011) on Humour

The latest issue of The Bible in Transmission from Bible Society carries a collection of articles on humour:

Matthew van Duyvenbode


John Macauley

Understanding Humour: Some Thoughts for Preachers

Humour is notoriously difficult to define. This article seeks to offer a framework for understanding humour and how it is expressed, including some discussion of the benefits and pitfalls of using humour in preaching.

James and Kate Williams

Humour, Scripture and Christian Discourse

Godliness and humour have tussled in Christian history, even though Scripture justifies the use of humour. This article explores the shape of creation–fall-redemption to see the perversions of humour and its redeemed uses in social critique, effective communication and in strengthening community within the family of God.

Cheryl Taylor

Divine Humour

Humour is an attribute of the divine character. In the Bible God laughs at our folly, but he also laughs with us, in spite of our failings and disappointments. Recognising this characteristic deepens our understanding of the nature of God. Humour is thus a legitimate subject for theological consideration.

Paul Kerensa

Getting to Grips with Comedy – as a Christian

In this piece, Paul Kerensa considers who determines the acceptable limits of comedy and whether there is an expectation that you have to be edgy to be funny and successful. There will always be a market for this darker side of comedy, but there is also a growing demand for clean, family friendly acts.

Olive Fleming Drane

The Holy Fool: Clowning in Christian Ministry

Throughout history, clowning has played a significant role in the life of the Church and continues to be an effective witness. Within a context of biblical and historical models, humour can be a powerful means of ministry and an expression of relevant spirituality.

Peter Morden

Spurgeon and Humour

As one of the most significant evangelists of the nineteenth century, Spurgeon is sometimes portrayed as a rather dour figure. He was earnest about his faith and mission, but Spurgeon also loved laughter. Humour was an integral part of his life and ministry.

James Catford

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