Laughing Pilgrims is a place to share ideas about having fun, laughing, loving God, and loving neighbors – all at once. It sprouts from Howard Macy’s mental compost, often surprising him, too. Howard has retired from teaching Bible and spiritual formation at George Fox University, but he tells his colleagues that he’s still doing research on humor. As amazing and kind as they are, that’s still a hard sell. How awful can it be not to have your humor taken seriously?

Laughing Pilgrims includes links to a few related sites. Rednosefun.com is home for Red Nose Fun Publications LLC and the Red Nose Training Manual, for which millions secretly long. Laughingpilgrims.com shares samples and reviews from the book Laughing Pilgrims: Humor and the Spiritual Journey. Macy resources is a place to share a variety of resources Howard has created during his teaching, writing, and public ministry. Most of them are pdf files. They are free, but if you want to send money, we’ll help any way we can.

Howard’s books Rhythms of the Inner Life (on the Psalms) and Laughing Pilgrims: Humor and the Spiritual Journey are both available as ebooks at Amazon, iBook, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.


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Living in Fun

"Walking Cheerfully" is place to think out loud about how to use and enjoy humor in positive, life-giving ways. We’ll explore how following Christ in all of life can shape, not scuttle, laughter and creative play. What might it mean to laugh with others as you would have them laugh with you?

Probably the other most common posts will be "Finds in Fun." I first learned the phrase “being in fun” from Tom Mullen’s Laughing Out Loud and Other Religious Experiences. He points to the playfulness of children, who are readier to laugh and to see the silly than most adults. Living each day “in fun” often makes us laugh as we slog through a nearly endless supply of things odd, silly, klutzy, and preposterous. The stories here are mostly from my own ordinary, “in fun” days.

Fun Nooks and Crannies

There’s “Humor in the Bible,” and these posts explore where it is, how to find it, and what to do with it. It’s one way of thinking about how to read the Bible well.

Since a lot of us spend big chunks of time at work, the “Humor at Work” posts will suggest ways to stay sane and happy, to get along with cow-orkers, and to use humor to do good work.

I’m a book-pusher at heart, and some of my best friends push books, too. I even know some folks who read. So “Fun Books” posts will tell about books that are funny and help us think about humor.

Sometimes I’ll brag on some of the friends I’ve been given or share some photos I’ve enjoyed taking. Maybe you’ll laugh, maybe not, but they’ve brought joy in my journey.

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