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Thursday, October 24, 2013

NAE Fall 2013 ­Newsletter

Fall 2013 ­Newsletter
Psalm 126:2 says, "Our mouths were filled with laughter; our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.'" 

Laughing at Ourselves
By John Ortberg, Senior Pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

I was asked to write a piece about evangelicals and humor. It was supposed to be funny. Which means it won't be. Robert Benchley, a wonderful humorist, once wrote an essay explaining that nothing kills humor faster than attempts to analyze it. His essay wasn't funny either. (read more)

Holy Sarcasm? The Ethics of Humor
By Dennis Hollinger, President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 

God has created us with the capacity to laugh. Humor that evokes laughter helps to relieve stress and is physiologically therapeutic. It helps us to not take ourselves too seriously and reminds us of the finitude and falleness of all human endeavors. But of course humor also has its dark side. And thus we need ethical principles to guide us. (read more)

Humor That Hurts
By Leith Anderson, NAE President

Google "hurtful humor" and your computer will offer 805,000 articles to read. Want a few cruel examples of funny stuff that injures someone else? Well, I won't give you any examples and please don't bother to look them up. (read more)

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