Leave Them Wanting More: Humor in Preaching

Mary Hinkle Shore

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/2012

Issue: Humor (Vol. 32, No 2, Spring, 2012)

Humor can engage hearers of sermons and communicate the truth of the gospel in ways that entirely serious discourse cannot. Still, precisely because of humor’s effectiveness, it is worth exercising with care. With respect to humor in their sermons, preachers will do well to remember the classic advice to comics: leave them wanting more.

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