An encyclopedia of humor by Lowell D. Streiker

By Lowell D. Streiker

Lowell Streiker's Encyclopedia of Humor presents ample ''good fresh fun'' everytime you want inspirational slices of existence, bracing quips, quotable knowledge, or a clean dose of nonsense to counterpoint your sermons or talks

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He works from eight in the morning until ten at night, doing everything from preaching sermons to sweeping. He makes $400 per week, gives $200 a week to the church, buys lots of books, wears fine clothes, and has a nice family. He's always ready to contribute to every other good cause, too, and to help panhandlers who drop by the church on their way to somewhere. He is thirty-six years old, and has been preaching forty years. He is tall on the short side, heavyset in a thin sort of way, and handsome.

Wishing to emphasize the resentful attitude of the elder brother, he laid stress on this part of the parable. After describing the rejoicing of the household over the return of the wayward son, Dexter spoke of o n e who, in the midst of the festivities, failed to share in the jubilant spirit of the occasion. " Nine-year-old Olivia had b e e n listening sympathetically to the story. She waved h e r h a n d in the air. " she beamed. " KIDS'THEOLOGY • 65 One Sunday late in Lent, a Sunday School teacher decided to ask her class what they knew about Easter.

At the church I attend there is a young woman whose husband is an usher. During last Sunday's morning service, she became terribly worried that she might have left a roast cooking in the oven. She wrote a note to her husband and passed it to him by way of another usher. The latter, thinking it was a note for the pastor, handed it to the minister with the morning's offering. The minister was just about to begin his sermon. He shuffled the note in with his sermon manuscript and paid no attention to it until he was well into his oration.

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