Just outside my office, Marty White and Sue Mole were laughing. When I asked what was funny, they said they had never expected J. I. Packer to have such a sense of humor. It seems they were keyboarding the senior editor’s column for November 8.
I responded that it was consistent with his humor at meetings. “He has a strong interest in literature as well as theology,” I said. “Ever read his introduction to Elisabeth Elliot’s No Graven Image? He beautifully integrates the two. Humor is a natural outgrowth of that.”
In Search of Excellence—a best seller that deserves to be—sees humor as a mark of health in well-run companies. I am personally delighted when I hear laughter among our colleagues. It relieves tensions, adjusts perspective, and builds camaraderie.
At a recent CTi executive committee meeting, John Akers was called to the phone. As he talked, Steve Brown or someone—they were all getting off bits of humor—created an outburst of laughter. John, after hanging up the phone, complained that his image of grueling work was being ruined. His lament became more dry humor for more laughter.
At an earlier meeting, board members Dennis Kinlaw and Wayte Fulton were discussing Eutychus and the high value of humor. Wayte then told a marvelous southern story, laced with lots of humor, and said, “Maybe the fact that we still have Eutychus in the magazine after all these years says something about us.”
We hope so. In fact, we believe we need more humor in CT. When we launched LEADERSHIP in 1980 we were determined to include lots of cartoons. Now they are a hallmark of that journal and in no way detract from its serious purpose. Remember the mock classified ads in CT a few years ago? Someone suggested we revive them. We have also talked ...1