Few years back, a dear friend of mine, while telling his congregation that I will be present there the following week, announced this way: “Next week, we’re going to have a joker among us!” He wasn’t insulting or degrading me in any way, but was giving hints about my personality. Friends who know me personally consider me as someone who wants to see people laugh.

But then, what happens when we carry this personality to our churches? And this question is more applicable, but not limited, to those who are into ministry of some sort in their respective churches. So, is it wrong if we use humour in our congregations or fellowships? If there’s a direct answer to that, I would give a resounding ‘No’! There is absolutely nothing wrong in a bit of humour! Let’s see why.


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The parable in Matthew 13:1-8 about ‘farmer going out to plant seeds’ something a four-year-old Sunday School kid would recite even if you wake him up in the middle of the night. However, there were some deep implications to each of JESUS’ parables, many of which HE explained, in private, to his disciples. He did the same with this parable (Matthew 13:18-23), explaining what each of those four ‘soils’ (for lack of a better term) mean. Let’s look at each of these four soils on which the seeds (Word of GOD) fell and what it means for a believer today. Before we get into that, please note that unfortunately, you could find all these four ‘soils’ in our churches today. Before you start looking around in your church, introspect, search yourself, and ask yourself “What kind of soil am I?”


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One Malayalam fortnightly had interviewed my father, a respected servant of GOD, about a year and a half back. After all the questions about dad’s history and ministry that were asked, came what I think was the final question from the interviewer, “Pastor, what do you think about today’s new generation churches and its popularity?”

My dad’s answer was something along these lines: “I don’t agree with the term ‘New generation’ in the first place. Churches always were one. But if you give it that name that because of the worship services that you see today, I see nothing wrong. Music and dance were always a part of worship right from the Old Testament times. We cannot force our youngsters to worship in the same way we do.”


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Time to break ground!

It’s a parched land that we live in. And clearly, there’s a thirst all around. Thirst for truth. Thirst for something real. Thirst for SOMEONE real.But hey, where are those entrusted to take care of this parched land? Where are the trees that were to be planted to provide some relief and comfort to a land, now soon to be declared ‘unfit’ for harvest?


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