The New Preacher

Submitted by IN SEINE

Saturday, 18 October 2008

The new preacher had just begun his sermon. He was a little nervous, and about ten minutes into the sermon his mind went blank. After a brief second of complete panic, he remembered What they had taught him in seminary about situations like this: repeat the last point.

His teacher assured him this would help him remember What was supposed to come next. So he gave it a try.

"Behold, I come quickly," he said.

Still his mind was blank. He tried again.

"Behold, I come quickly."

Still nothing. He tried one more time -- speaking and gesturing with
such force that he fell forward, knocking the pulpit to one side,
tripping over the flower pot, and falling into the lap of a little old lady in the front row. The young preacher apologized profusely.

"That's all right, young man," said the little old lady.

"It was my fault. I should have gotten out of the way. You told me three times you were coming!"

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