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Christian Stop Being So Serious and Laugh | GOF22

Christian Stop Being So Serious and Laugh | GOF22

Why do Christians sometimes have the worse sense of humor? In Relevant magazine, an article appeared addressing the same question. In this episode, I raise a similar issue and link it back to a common problem — fundamentalism. Whether we like it or not, Christian fundamentalism can sap our humor and cause us to elevate “leaders.” Find out why that’s a real problem.

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This Episode’s Topic: Humor

To better understand why this topic matters, I discuss my views on why people sometimes fail to appreciate websites like The Babylon Bee. I believe the error rests in elevating Christian leaders to a point where they are untouchable.

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Smitty’s Tip of the Week

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Theology On The Street

In this episode, I cover a little church history and discuss the rise of fundamentalism in the 20th century. To find out more about the Modernist/Fundamentalist debate, I suggest you start by reading this Wikipedia article. It’s an excellent introduction.

Here are the original Five Fundamentals.
The inspiration of the Bible by the Holy Spirit and the inerrancy of Scripture as a result of this.
The virgin birth of Christ.
The belief that Christ’s death was an atonement for sin.
The bodily resurrection of Christ.
The historical reality of Christ’s miracles.

Here are additions that were later added.
Dispensational Theology as the only accurate way to read the Bible
Young-earth creation science
The rise of the Religious Right

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The best part about podcasting is joining in a conversation with you. To help kick off a discussion here is a question to consider:
When you read satire, does it make you uncomfortable at times?

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About The Author

Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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