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The Strengths and Seductions of Humor (Part 2)

For humor to have value in a sermon, it must serve the truth.

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PreachingToday.com: What does it look like when humor fits the truth?

Haddon Robinson: If the story makes people think of the truth that lies behind it, then it serves you well. Sometimes humor can do that. A certain kind of insight into the human condition can be humorous, but at the same time it's an incision made without tearing the audience up. Humor helps the truth to penetrate. I have heard people use an observation about life, and it causes me to laugh, but at the same time it gives me insight as a good illustration would.

You've mentioned laughter turning on a serious point. Do you have an example?

I preached from, on Hezekiah destroying the serpent. The serpent that he smashed was the serpent Moses put on the stick, when the people were bitten by the poisonous snakes in the wilderness. I talked about how Israel had packed the snake in Styrofoam and carried it around for 500 or 600 years. They kept that snake through ...

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