Writing jokes

I love writing jokes.

Not knock-knock jokes or two-guys-walk-in-to-a-bar jokes.  More like stand up jokes.  Set-up, set-up, punch.  Story, story, twist.  Crazy, sane, crazier ... why are you laughing?

I love the rhythms of stand up.  I love the connections you make along the way, creative sparks, bridges to the people who are listening, the shift forward in your seat this isn't what I expected.

But jokes can also distract.

Jokes can pull you out of a moment, can leave you remembering the punch line in the sermon rather than the point of the sermon.  It's a risk, one I take, but one that doesn't always pan out.

What do you think about jokes in a sermon?  Helpful?  Distracting?

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