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"The King doth protest too much...and too little!"

"The King doth protest too much...and too little!"

It’s more “funny strange” than “funny ha-ha,” but King Herod is such a great guy in Mark’s account of John’s beheading! (Maybe that’s a little funny ha-ha, too….)

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Officious-licious!!

Officious-licious!!

There’s no better way to understand (and enjoy!) Jesus’ comic treatment of the Pharisees and their relationship with The Law than to watch an Andy Griffith episode featuring Barney Fife. And then read Mark 2:23-27!

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"APRIL FOOLS!"

"APRIL FOOLS!"

Because Easter this year fell on April 1, there was I am sure many a preacher -- and many a sermon --exploring comic elements of this most-significant day of the Christian year and, hence, the Way of Christian Discipleship.  Isn't that great??  Here was my contribution!!

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Man-Cave!

Man-Cave!

Despite the fact that the Bible takes place in an always-patriarchal world and commands allegiance to a singular, male god, it's hardly a pro-male text.  In fact, so many of the men in the bible (Mr. God included) are fickle bumblers exhibiting traits typically ascribed to wives, slaves. and jesters!

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This Fall, Pratfall!

This Fall, Pratfall!

As Victor Borge said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."  (Which he undoubtedly then punctuated with a pratfall off the piano bench.)  What great, inspiring, faithful advice - and action! - this is for us all, especially amidst the thick tensions of this election season. 

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Drunk (Temple) History (...and History-Making!)

Drunk (Temple) History (...and History-Making!)

You have to admit, drunken behavior can sometimes be funny.  That's why Hannah's prayer in 1 Samuel has surprising humor to enjoy, and emulate....

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More Horse Feathers of the Apocalypse (or, "God Destroys Those Who Destroy Themselves!")

More Horse Feathers of the Apocalypse  (or, "God Destroys Those Who Destroy Themselves!")

On the Book of Revelation, pie fights, Wile E. Coyote and peace....

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The Four Horse Feathers of the Apocalypse!

The Four Horse Feathers of the Apocalypse!

It's not exactly "Marx Brothers funny," but the Book of Revelation's account of the "Four Horsemen" who come to destroy the earth is pretty sharp and darkly humorous political satire, for life back in Imperial Roman times, and for today....

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