Christian humour: not an oxymoron

Comic strip humour

Quick: Name your favourite Catholic comedian or humorist. Can't think of one? There's a reason for that, writes Heidi Schlumpf.

- NCR Online

Religious humour can be tricky. Either it's saccharine and not that funny, or it's hilarious but borderline or even blatantly offensive. Yet if Stephen Colbert (my favourite Catholic comedian) has demonstrated anything, it's that humour can be the best way to get across your message - even a religious one.

Unfortunately, good religious humour can be rare, though NCR's own Pat Marrin's "Francis, the comic strip" and my friend Jana Riess' Twible, in which she creates daily Onion-like tweets of Scripture, are exceptions.

Another favorite funny-bone tickler, also distributed via social media, is 'Coffee With Jesus,' a daily online comic strip and now book (InterVarsity Press), written by David Wilkie.

Wilkie is a Florida-based advertising copywriter and all-around artist who creates, with his wife and via various media, under the banner of a company called 'Radio Free Babylon.' He also grew up Catholic.

The comic is irreverent yet insightful, attracting more than 40,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, including a variety of churches and congregations. It features Jesus conversing with a recurring cast of characters, including: Kevin, a divorced church growth consultant who frequents Christian dating sites; Lisa, a stay-at-home mum who loves Jesus and country clubs, not necessarily in that order; Joe, a collar-wearing pastor whose denomination is intentionally vague; others, including Satan, complete with cheesy moustache.

Photo: A comic strip from the new book 'Coffee With Jesus' by David Wilkie

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