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    Jesus, a Stand-Up Comedian

    “If God would stop telling jokes, I might act serious.”– Tukaram (Muslim poet) “My Lord told me a jokeAnd seeing him laugh had done more for methan any scripture I willever read”– Meister Eckhart (Christian mystic) I think Jesus is one of the top comedians of all time. He makes you laugh hard. You are slapping your thighs, jaws unhinged with laughter until you realize the joke is on you. For Jesus’ comedy has a sharp edge to it: It exposes your contradictions, and comedy’s oxygen for laughter is the exposing of contradictions. You can choose to laugh at yourself, which is the beginning of transformation because people who take…

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    Flipping Rest into Work, Grace into Law

    Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. – Mark 3:1-2 (New Living Translation) No story gets me more steamed than this one of the Pharisees salivating because Jesus is  about to heal a man on Sabbath and give them ammunition to finally “nail” Jesus with Sabbath infraction, a serious charge. Jesus knows they are springing a trap for him but steps right on it anyways, jeopardizing his life in hope this public confrontation will expose the hypocrisy…