The Gospel of course is no joke, and nor is critical human need that it addresses. However, humour may well be an effective cultural key that can lead to a greater openness to hear and consider the Gospel. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” said Victor Borge, a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist (1909-2000), affectionately known as The Clown Prince of Denmark. This is especially true in the Australian context.
Although humour occupies an important place in Australian culture, churches have been slow to use humour as a means of breaking down stereotypes of Christians and also as a means of communicating the Gospel. One man who is trying to change that is Nathan Ranclaud, also known on the stand-up comedy circuit as Uncle Nath.
In our August 2018 webinar, Stan interviewed Uncle Nath about the place of comedy in the evangelistic process.
Click here to listen now, or copy and paste this link into your browser: goo.gl/2oCVoo
Click here to read more about Uncle Nath in our August blog
The Gospel of course is no joke, and nor is critical human need that it addresses. However, humour may well be an effective cultural key that can lead to a greater openness to hear and consider the Gospel. (more…)
“Some people think it’s difficult to be a Christian and to laugh, but I think it’s the other way around. God writes a lot of comedy; it’s just that he has so many bad actors.” – Garrison Keillor
The nicest thing that has ever been said about my spirituality was in my first year as a Christian. A friend said, “I can see Jesus in your laughter.” And it was true. Encountering Jesus at a time when I had wanted to end my life had a revolutionary effect on me. I was filled with hope and my mourning was replaced with joy. I was subsequently an extremely happy young man. I laughed a lot and made others laugh too. Many things have since been said about my spirituality, none of them quite as complimentary (an occupational hazard of pastors). More to the point, nobody has since connected laughter to my spirituality. (more…)
It’s hard to be funny under pressure. Hey, it’s hard enough for some of us to be funny at all. But, as this helpful little column will tell you, you absolutely must be funny if you are to reach Australians at all. Must. Or there’s no hope for you. You’ll need to minister in some other country like Switzerland or Canberra. So, no pressure. (more…)
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