My Favorite Joke

goatI’ve been writing about baptism and church membership until my head hurts.  I need a break and you probably do, too.  So I thought I’d share my favorite joke, which I heard years ago on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.”  I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have, although a joke (like a sermon)  is always better heard then read.


These two men are walking through the woods one day and they come across a big hole in the ground. Now this hole is huge, like some sort of endless pit. So the one man says to the other, “I wonder how deep this hole is?”

He then proceeds to pick up a rock and toss it in the humongous hole. They listen… nothing. The other man then grabs a large stick and throws it in…. Nothing.

At this point the two men are really intrigued over this large hole. So they look around a little for something bigger to throw in, and they come across a railroad tie. They both grab an end, walk it over to the hole, and throw it in.

The men are looking down the hole when all of a sudden they hear this noise in the woods. They look over and see this goat running all over the place. It’s zigging and zagging between trees and going all over the place. Then it runs right up and dives into the hole.

Now the two men are thinking, what was that? They had no idea what that goat was doing. So they decide to just keep walking.

A little ways down they run into a farmer, and the farmer asks them if they’d seen his goat. The two men tell him that they saw a goat come running out of the woods and jump into this huge hole. But the farmer says, “No, that wouldn’t have been my goat.”

“My goat was tied to a railroad tie.”

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Joke

  1. A lesson well learned. Be careful about the things to which you attach yourself since it could have drastic and unintended consequences.

  2. Hey, I and am sure you have also heard the saying, “No strings attached.” It is not a bad thing to conffirm when presented with a proposition. And as any good attorney would warn you about a possible “loophole.” It could end up being a lasso!

  3. Jim
    Thank you so much for sharing the joke with us this morning, we all enjoyed. Laughter is good for your heart and soul, we all need to do that more often, remeber the old saying that “laughter is the best medicine.”

  4. Hi Jim….I love your stories. They always make me smile. Haven’t been to church recently but have been watching the TV ministry, singing and doing whatever you tell the congregation to do. I am a participator.

    Thank for doing all that you do for the church.


  5. Dr. Jim–My husband (he is homebound) and I look forward to the whole church service every Sunday morning. You are able to make the scriptures come alive and every facet of the worship service is well planned and enjoyable.
    I appreciate the devotionals that I receive every morning and feel truly blessed by the communications that you offer.
    Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the TV ministry.
    James and Janet McMillian

  6. Good one, Jim 🙂 I am a firm believer that “laughter is the best medicine” and good for the soul!

    “Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.”
    Henry Ward Beecher

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