Do you remember Grady Nutt? Maybe. More than likely, probably not.
Grady Nutt was a preacher turned comedian. And man, was he funny. He made countless appearances on the old TV show Hee-Haw. He was a writer. He travelled the countryside sharing "church" stories. He made people laugh and cry.
I had the opportunity to hear Grady Nutt when he came to Samford University, when I was in college.
To this day, I still believe he was one of the funniest men to ever live. Maybe, that's because I was a preacher too. It was great seeing a preacher laugh and have fun--I had seen so little of that growing up! But, Grady knew how to tell a joke and he knew how to laugh. He often couldn't continue his routine because he was laughing so hard.
Grady Nutt's life ended way too soon. He died in a plane crash after entertaining thousands of people. At the time, he was only 47 or 48 years old. Way too young. And, our world lost so much humor that night.
As you focus on church today and worship the King of kings and Lord of lords, take a moment to listen to this great recording by Grady Nutt. I hope you will be smiling as much as I have listening to him once again. And, I hope you don't have any church boo-boos today! Well, even if you do--go ahead, laugh and smile--I promise, it will be okay!