Justin Taylor offers analysis on the inappropriate audience laughter during Pastor John’s message at a Christian counselor’s conference.
If you feel like being very uncomfortable, listen to the first 5 minutes of this sermon.
As Pastor John delivers a gut-wrenching opening to his sermon, the audience inexplicably roars in laughter at the most unbelievable moments. Greg Gilbert offers more analysis on the training of Christian “audiences” to be cued to laugh, especially during the opening remarks to a sermon.
After having sat under the teaching of Pastor John for many years now–most of my adult life–I can hardly think of a time where he was intentionally funny from the pulpit. However, he has on many occasions been unintentionally funny. For more on his unintentionally funny comments, see Jamsco’s documentation.
Yet, to my recollection, he generally has understood why what he has said is causing laughter. I’ve never heard him so perplexed, nor felt as perplexed myself, than when listening to those first 5 minutes. Truly bizarre.
Any thoughts on the unusual laughter? Were they nervous? I wonder if I would have been swayed by the contagiousness of the laughter and chuckled inappropriately myself? Probably not, because I’m familiar with the serious nature of Pastor John’s preaching.
Ever been caught laughing at something that was *not* funny? I’m sure I have.