We were talking about the joy of the early church today in my Acts class. Here's a great quote from Helmut Thielecke about joy within the Christian life:
“Should we not see that the lines of laughter about the eyes are just as much marks of faith as are the lines of care and seriousness? Is laughter pagan? We have already allowed too much that is good to be lost to the church and cast many pearls before the swine. A church is in a bad way when it banishes laughter from the sanctuary and leaves it to the cabaret, the nightclubs and the toastmasters” (Helmut Thielecke).