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Posted on Sat, Mar. 26, 2005

'Comedy with Purpose' comes to Columbus

Comic Lanny Moody will perform at Schomburg Road Baptist Church

Staff Writer

Think Saturday Night Live, minus Saturday, minus the TV and minus the off-color humor.

Here's what you got: "Friday Night Live" at Schomburg Road Baptist Church featuring "Comedy With Purpose" with Lanny Moody, and the Rev. Buddy Lamb performing "The Funny Side of Life." Lamb is the pastor of the north Columbus church, who for years has performed his own comedy through a clown named Budzo.

"I'm telling my people, 'Bring your friends who never come to church,' " said Lamb. "It's just another way to get the message out."

Moody is a native of Covington, Ga., and lives in nearby Conyers. Moody and Lamb recently performed their comedy acts together at another Georgia church.

On Moody's Web site, the beginning of his "doctrinal statement" says: "I believe the Word Of God is infallible, and was inspired by God. I believe that the Word of God and the Holy Spirit will never contradict each other.... I believe that there is no other way to find favor with God except through the blood of Jesus Christ."

The Friday event kicks off three days of activity at the church over the bridge from Shaw High School. The weekend serves as the church's annual revival. On April 2, the church hosts a block party, as it does routinely in the church's neighborhood as well as off-site; and April 3 features the Rev. Eddie Beach, formerly of Glenn Anthony Baptist Church, as the preacher at the 10:30 a.m. service.

The point for these events, especially the one Friday and a week from today, is to introduce non-churched folks to the church in a non-threatening way. Think of it as a revival with laughs.

"Eighty-three percent of people in Muscogee County will not be in church on Sunday morning," said Lamb, striking a serious tone. "Within three miles of Schomburg Road, that's 26,000 people. We're not on their radar."

But live comedy, the pastor hopes, might put them there.

Contact Allison Kennedy at (706) 576-6237 or [email protected]


Christian Comedian Lanny Moody 
to Appear in China Grove, N. C.

Gary D. Harwood

CHINA GROVE—Christian comedy seems to be a burgeoning ministry these days. Mark Lowry, Chonda Pierce, and Dennis Swanberg have become well-known names in Christian circles, particularly among evangelicals. A comedian that is becoming more popular with each performance is Lanny Moody, from Conyers, Georgia. Moody has opened for many popular Christian musicians, such as Third Day, Greg Long, NewSong, and Brian Free and Assurance.

Highest Praise Family Worship Center in China Grove, N. C. will host comedian Moody Sunday night, September 15th, at 6:30 P. M. Highest Praise is located at 1700 Bostian Road. Admission is free, with a love offering being taken.

Originally from Covington, Georgia, Moody was a "preacher's kid", with four siblings. Moody has appeared at hundreds of churches, rotary clubs, corporate events, and The Punch Line comedy club in Atlanta.

Lanny Moody has created a character called "Mr. Dynamic", who wears a 1970's bright plaid suit, very thick glasses, and fake protruding teeth. Years ago, when visiting Panama City Beach, Florida, Moody strolled up and down the beach in his "Mr. Dynamic" role, a role he had invented in earlier drama classes. The response created an opportunity for Moody. As people laughed, they also asked him to join private parties.

"Lanny Moody, a.k.a. 'Mr. Dynamic', has got to be the funniest man on two legs," says Eddie Lightsey, Minister of Music at West End Baptist Church, in Clanton, Alabama. Lightsey describes what it was like at his church. "For almost an hour, we were drowning in our own tears of laughter. At one point I almost begged him to stop for a few moments, so we could take in a little oxygen. He is everything you would ever want in a Christian comedian. God has called him into this ministry."

Highest Praise's Senior Pastor Bruce Rabon says that "the people that should be the happiest...that enjoy life the most, should be the Christians." The pastor acknowledges there is a difference between joy and happiness. "Joy is long lasting, eternal. Happiness can be an experience of the moment." Christian comedy, even though it may be happiness, can give insight about a trying time, and "hey, I can laugh even in bad times", says Rabon.

Pastor Rabon says that in the past, television comedy shows thrived during times of difficulty. We've gone through hard times lately, says Rabon, speaking of the World Trade Center tragedy. "It helped in the past [comedy], perhaps it will help now." Rabon says his church will also have a memorial service on September 11th, but adds that people cannot just dwell on the tragic alone.


Pastor Rabon invites all in the Christian community to come enjoy this family-oriented comedian. For more information call Highest Praise Family Worship Center at 704-857-6500.

From I-85 turn west onto Old Beatty Ford Road. Go approximately 1.2 miles. Take a right on Bostian Road, then right at next paved entrance.

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