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?