I once sat in a lecture room full of would-be theology students buzzing with a heady mix of anticipation and apprehension. A very wise lecturer stood in front of us and told us to remember that we were creatures as well as being Christians.
There are so many ways that advice has proven significant for me, I hardly know where to start.
But this week I’ve been thinking about that advice in relation to humour — and one oh-so-human brand of humour in particular: toilet humour.
Admit it. You love toilet humour. I love it. We all do — as much as we secretly pretend to be too mature for it or appalled by it as Christians.
Two great examples landed in my RSS reader this week.
The first came courtesy of Mike Bird. Speaking of the humanity of Jesus he serves up this gem: ‘We only believe in the incarnation if we can affirm that the historical person Jesus of Nazareth experienced a physical resurrection after his death and a normal male erection during his life.’
And the second is Mike W’s brilliant exposé of gospel assholes, drawing on the opening scene of The Social Network
It’s great to see contemporary evangelicals carrying the torch of Martin Luther. Not only using toilet humour to communicate gospel truth but, better still, rubbing our noses in our creatureliness…