The New Testament rarely records laughter; and mirth, some wrongly conclude, is unbecoming the sensitive and dedicated disciple of Christ. Not so!

From Abraham, who by faith saw the humor in God’s infinite provision for man’s weakness, to Paul, who calls upon Christians to worship God with hilarity in their giving, the entire Bible carries a strong note of humor. It would be stronger if it cultivated a deeper sense of humor. We are, therefore, grateful to God for his gift of humor.

Each year at this time the Old Eutychus removes his mask and discloses to all his true identity. This year he reveals the well-known features of an old and beloved friend—Joseph Bayly, pastor, InterVarsity staff member, editor of His magazine, author, and now vice president of David C. Cook Publishing Company. Joe has wielded his facile pen during the past two years as Eutychus VIII. We extend him our hearty thanks and beg him to appear again quickly in the pages of CHRISTIANITY TODAY.

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