Did God give us a sense of humor? For nineteen years the late Art Linkletter, a Canadian-born American radio and television personality, produced a radio and TV game show called People Are Funny on the NBC network. Through the years I have thought about his programs and how true it is that people are indeed funny. Like any devoted husband, I take my wife to different places for her shopping sprees. On one such occasion, I was sitting on a bench in a busy mall, waiting patiently for Linda to finish, laughing to myself as I observed various people amble by. I don't kw why, but I began thinking about some of the funniest things that have happened to me over the years of my ministry. As I reminisced, I took out a pen and tepad and began jotting down what I considered to be unique and amusing events. Before it was over, I had recorded about a dozen humorous occasions. Over time, the list expanded and the result is this book. The stories that I have dusted off are true-every one of them. A long time has elapsed since most of these events took place, and I have dusted them off in order to find the humor that lay dormant ...like a mummy in an Egyptian tomb, waiting to be resurrected. Now it is time for you to enjoy them. Did God give us sense of humor? You bet He did!
Allen Reed has been the pastor of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas, since 1981. He received his B.A. degree from East Texas Baptist College, Marshall, Texas, and his M.Div. and D. Min degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas. He and his wife Linda, have three children and seven grandchildren.