The problem lies in the fact that this guy confuses joy of the heart with amusement. They are not the same. You can be full of joy, yet be full of sorrow and you can be laughing your head off, yet have no joy. Joy comes from knowing that you have been declared righteous in the eyes of your creator. And that by nothing that you have done, but by the precious blood of the lamb, without spot or blemish who has redeemed you. Our true joy, that which cannot be expressed (1 Peter 1:8) is in Jesus Christ See John 15:11 also.
Laughter is fun, but is temporal. The joy of the Lord is forever. With the joy of the Lord, we can endure all things.
How sad that a pastor doesn't understand that.
When it comes to the deliver of a serious message, leavened with the
right about of humor, I think Chuck Swindoll hits the spot.
And some of his stories of his hitch in the Marines are something
you usually don’t hear about at church.