An encyclopedia of humor by Lowell D. Streiker

By Lowell D. Streiker

Lowell Streiker's Encyclopedia of Humor offers considerable ''good fresh fun'' everytime you want inspirational slices of lifestyles, bracing quips, quotable knowledge, or a clean dose of nonsense to complement your sermons or talks

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That's easy, Grandpa," he said. " Students of a Sunday School class at Brewer's Island United Church were asked to write down what they liked best about Sunday School. O n e little boy, Harold Winston, who also h a p p e n e d to be the pastor's son, t h o u g h t for a m o m e n t and r e m e m b e r e d all the songs the class h a d sung during the year. " Dexter Rice, a Sunday School teacher, was telling his class the story of the Prodigal Son. Wishing to emphasize the resentful attitude of the elder brother, he laid stress on this part of the parable.

Father Vazken Movsesian, a Bay Area Catholic priest, recalls: Uplifted by the Papal Mass at San Francisco's Candlestick Park [a few years back], I gave my congregation a detailed account of how I was escorted to the Forty-Niners' locker room, where I m e t with representatives of other Christian churches. I expressed the feeling of warmth that was radiating from the seventy thousand faithful that day. Finally, I summarized the inspirational message of Pope J o h n Paul II. At the conclusion of my remarks, I asked for questions.

It took him forty days to find a place to park. A favorite story of Lyndon Johnson's: A preacher was becoming terribly distracted by a man who came to church every Sunday and slept through the entire sermon. One Sunday the preacher decided to do something about it. As he began to preach, the man, true to form, fell fast asleep. " The entire congregation immediately stood up, except the sleeping man. " This startled the dozing man. " The following story is attributed to Mark Twain: "I once heard a preacher who was powerful good.

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