Horseback riding
Posted by ANISA on October 05, 192001 at 12:00:07

A preacher in a small western town became frustrated that a
large part of his congregation was going horseback riding on
Sunday, rather than coming to church, so he told his wife, "This
Sunday, I'm going to preach about the evils of horseback riding
on Sunday."

"What!?" she exclaimed. "That's a silly thing to preach about!"

"I don't think so," he said, "it's a problem we need to address."
Next Sunday as they were driving to church, the wife, somewhat
warily, asks the preacher what he was going to preach about.
"As I told you," he said, "I'm going to preach about the evils of
horseback riding on Sundays."

"That's idiotic!" the wife said. "First of all, it's a dumb sermon topic, and second, the people who need to hear it won't be in church! Why don't you preach about sex or something people are interested in?"

"Nope," the preacher said firmly. "The Lord wants me to preach
about the evils of horseback riding on Sundays, and that's what I
intend to preach about."

The wife said, "Well, I'm not going to sit through a stupid sermon like that. I'm staying in the car. You can tell the congregation I'm sick or something," and she stayed in the car.

As the preacher was walking from the car to his study at the church, he started thinking that maybe his wife was right. So, he changed his mind and gave a brilliant extemporaneous sermon on sex in modern society. When the service was over, one of the parishioners stopped at the preacher's car and said to the pastor's wife, "I'm so sorry you're not feeling well this morning. Your husband gave the finest sermon today that he's ever given since coming to this parish."

"I don't know why he thinks he's such an expert on the subject," the wife snapped. "He's only tried it twice, and he fell off both times!"

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