Recently, a friend mentioned his pastor’s habit of occasionally peppering his sermons with gender-based jokes. You know what I mean, the quips about women shopping, or men hunting, or the woman “wearing the pants” in the marriage, or about blonde women being ditzy and men being emotionally distant. And maybe a million more. My friend wanted to know my thoughts on this brand of humor. Here’s what I think: If you’re in Christian leadership, and you find yourself with a microphone in hand in front of a room full of people waiting on your every word, do everything you can to avoid using stereotypical gender jokes.
Last Sunday I preached for the first time in my own church. I had preached before – but never for the church I attended.