Paul R Meese
This project reframes the traditional approaches to preaching stewardship in the church by using humor to preach the message. Presently the word stewardship has mostly negative connotations and results; consequently pastors mostly avoid the subject. The author, a mainline church pastor, draws on personal and several colleagues' experiences and evidence of trends in other mainline churches to discuss the subject. Humor, while more acceptable in modern homiletic strategy, has been characteristically absent in the stewardship message. This project suggests the gifts of humor align nicely with the needs of stewardship. The author uniquely offers examples from Victor Borge comedy sketches.