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CBF Podcast: A Conversation with Susan Sparks

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By Andy Hale

The great philosopher George Carlin once said, “There’s a humorous side to every situation. The challenge is to find it.”

Have you ever wondered if the Church has a hard time finding its funny side?

Don’t get me wrong, we are about God’s serious business. There are always injustices to stand against, spiritual disciplines to engage, pastoral care to give to the sick and dying, the work of transforming God’s world.

Henry Ward Beecher wrote, “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” Could you find a better description of church that combats over what too often feels like every theological matter, business decision and next step?

We sat down with Susan Sparks, the comedian, former lawyer, author and senior pastor, to discuss humor and the church.

“Our places of worship have gotten too caught up in self-importance and solemnity, the idea that we have to be serious in church to be serious about church,” said Sparks. “Why can’t we encourage people to laugh in church?”

Susan is the senior pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City, who has appeared on CNN, ABC News, The Today Show, and now, the CBF Podcast.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Fuller Seminary, The Center for Congregational Health, and Smyth & Helwys Publishing.

Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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