On Sale $ 18.20 $ 28.00 (35.00 % off)
Quantity: Add to Shopping Cart

Humor Us!

Preaching and the Power of the Comic Spirit

Alyce M. McKenzie
Owen Hanley Lynch
  • 6/5/2023
  • 0664267017
  • 978-0-664-26701-8
  • Paperback
  • 7-10 days processing

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • 230
  • 6 x 9
  • 13.00 oz

Product Excerpts and Related Resources


"To anyone who does even occasional public speaking, it's obvious that humor gets attention, relaxes your audience, creates rapport, and makes your message memorable. But few books on preaching have delved into these and other benefits of humor. McKenzie and Lynch make up for lost time with this tour de force of historical research, funny stories, and advice for preachers. Their tips and questions ‘To Ponder’ alone are worth the price of this book. I was especially taken with their exploration of Christianity as a comic vision of life—as ‘the certainty of the ultimate victory of . . . hope over despair’—with its links between humor and faith, hope, and love." - John Morreall, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, College of William & Mary

"How refreshing and exciting to see a book that directly and principally addresses the Christian religion and humor, indeed even taking a practical stance on how pastors can use humor in their communication. This book, through meticulous and extensive research, forthrightly seeks to bring together expertise in homiletics and communication to explore the topic of humor in preaching. Exploring humor as a gift from God, the authors admirably show from a variety of different approaches why humor is crucial to the human experience and highly desirable and useful for preachers’ communication. In friendly, accessible, and at times funny text, the book explores humor and theology based on the essential humor in divine and human character, humor and homiletics and the work that humor can do in sermons, and humor in preachers’ lives that can be harnessed and used in their work and relationships. Preachers will find this work of great practical value, but anyone interested in the clashes and reinforcements of humor and the Christian religion through the centuries leading up to now will find it a fun and fascinating read. Not only did I learn about humor and its uses in Christian lives and giving sermons, I learned a lot also about preaching from reading


Novel Preaching
Making a Scene in the Pulpit
Preaching and the Thirty-Second Commercial