The Merry Mystic: Introduction, Part One

In this video I begin to introduce myself and my weekly letter, The Merry Mystic. This one hits the “merry” in “merry mystic.”

Please leave a comment, a question, or just a quick blessing below, for me and all the other merry mystics out there. Have you have ever felt like your sense of humor was not really welcome in church?

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  1. Hi Adam!
    I remember when you sang this at the UCC Women’s Gathering in June, I laughed so hard, because in many ways it is so true ! Today as I recover from very successful surgery, it made me laugh again and I needed that!
    As a STEM student and Member in Discernment I do pulpit supply. I started out mostly at my church and they are very use to my humerus antics and always appreciate it, or so they say!
    The first time I preached for PUCCSA, a Philippeno church in Ferndale , all I got was silence and stares . But they asked me back more the once to preach!
    I had a life changing experience in 2005, making me aware life is too short not to be ones self. And laughter makes it easier . I believe God has a sense of humor , after all he created me!
    I really appreciate you taking the time for these Videos . May God bless you richly thisvwerk.
    May God Bless You,

    • Hey, Nan! So glad your surgery was successful.

      I have that same feeling: if I ever forget that God has a sense of humor, all I have to do is look in the mirror!

  2. I do believe that after hearing this message our Search Committee smiled at each other and said ” Oh my GOD, he talks our language, we need him.”
    And that is how the Sermonator landed in our pulpit.

  3. Hi Adam,
    Cool song. Made me smile. But so many of your songs do.

    For the rest of your friends who have posted here I will say that I, too, am a graduate of the Earlham School of Religion. They let me in even though I’ve been outside The Church all of my adult life. I’m still outside The Church but, like Adam, I consider myself to be a prophet. That’s the topic of a book I’m currently writing, and what a struggle it has been, even after all the wonderful help I received from the writing program at the Earlham School of Religion (if that sounds like a plug for ESR, I suppose it is–ha!ha!).

    Thank you, Adam, for being a kind and compassionate Christian with a wonderful sense of humor. Blessings of Wholeness to you and all the other kind folks who have posted here!
    -Shelley B.

    • Hi Shelley,

      Thanks, and bless ya back, Sister Shelley. For those here who don’t know Shelley, let me tell you that she is the perfect example of the kind of irreverent sense of humor I was talking about in this video. Actually, she’s sort of an angel of spiritually resonant irreverence. Ask her about the WTF Fellowship some time …

  4. Adam, blessings to you. I have been signed up for the Merry Mystic for a while now but haven’t been able to take the time to actually tune in. So today I decided was the day. Mary and I have moved to Washington state and found a wounderful spiritual family called Unity of Tacoma. The people are wonderful and very progressive which is where I found I need to be. They definitely haven’t lost their sense of humor which is so very important to me. Thanks for your music and you words.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Nice to hear from you! So, you’ve moved to the Northwest — and it sounds like you’ve found a good spiritual family there. I keep planning to settle down and never move again, but so far life hasn’t worked out that way for me. I hope this move brings you many blessings.


  5. Hi, Adam. OPUCC is doing well, with thanks to you and Kelly.

    Having just watched the first episode of your video series, I have a couple of questions. Is the office setting at your home on at your church? Is that your keyboard or the church’s? What is the white printing on your black tee-shirt?

    • Hi Doug, and welcome!

      The setting for that first episode is my church office in Clare, Michigan. If you keep watching, you’ll see that I’ve shot episodes in five or six other locations as well. All the gear involved, including the keyboard, is mine. The keyboard is a Casio Privia — maybe not the best keyboard I’ve ever played, but not bad, and it weighs in at less than thirty pounds. When I travel to give talks and/or concerts, I usually take it with me. It’s great for when you have to be your own roadie! The white print on the T-shirt says “The Sermonator.” It was a gift from some members of my Clare congregation.

  6. A few years, after some serious brain surgery, my body decided to dehydrate. Little did I know just how close I was to being with my God, until my surgeon stopped in my hospital room and made the statement, “You have no business being alive!” Your sodium level was at .5 which is DEAD. Nobody lives to tell about this! I immediately said, “I just had the right guy on my side.” Those words just rolled out of my mouth. He said that he and the others who were saving my life had him right there with them at that time. Long story short, as I recouped from the surgery and the life saving experience I began to notice I was an entirely different person. I felt like I was in a strange place no matter where I was, I didn’t know people including my husband, my home didn’t even feel like “my home”. In a couple days after returning home my spence of humor went, what I call, through the roof. Words just floated out of my mouth and I wasn’t aware what I was saying until after the fact. I wasn’t even embarrassed by this? Almost everybody laughed and went along with the way it was. To this day my sense of humor is new and exciting. I am quite active in my church and always have been. God has been GOOD to me and my life is proof. Humor keeps me going whether in church, at home, or on the street! Thank you for this opportunity to share and explore your talents!

    • Fascinating story, Sharon — thanks for sharing it. I know quite a few people who’ve had near-death experiences, but you’re the first one who’s reported that she got a newly energized sense of humor in the process. I’m not surprised, though. God clearly has a sense of humor, and if you come close to God, it makes sense that some of it would rub off on you!

  7. Greetings!

    I was fortunate enough to be in your presence in SC only a few days ago. I wish you were closer so I could attend your worship regularly! I am happy to know that at least I can have a regular “on-line” dose of your merriment!

  8. Very merry – I loved it! It would be great if you could teach a course on it
    at Central Seminary of Ann Arbor.

  9. Yep. Sounds a lot like my story! I also don’t immediately announce that I’m a pastor for similar reasons. Thanks for the music!

    • You’re welcome. The pastor’s role can be a sort of a Procrustean bed, don’t you think? But oh well — I guess that’s why they pay us the big bucks!

  10. This is cute Adam. A nice introduction of yourself. I do realize when you say it is a hard job as this job is a 24/7 one with all the hardships of people thrown into your lap for consideration, appraisal and HELP. I applaud ALL you ministers for devoting your life to serving the Lord in this capacity and trying so hard in so many ways to bring people to the LORD. Keep up the good fight and keep your humor intact despite human problems you have to encounter.