A man saw an ad in the paper advertising a talking dog for twenty dollars. He knew it wasn't possible, but his curiosity got the best of him. He went to the home and the owner ushered him into a side room and there was the dog. The man was left alone with the dog, so he tentatively asked, "Can you talk?" "Yes," said the dog. The man was amazed. "Where have you been all this time?" said the inquirer. "Well," the dog replied, "First, I was a bomb sniffing dog for the CIA. After that I became a seeing eye dog for Stevie Wonder. Then for a time I was in the Broadway show "Annie" where I played "Sandy." The man was amazed and went out to the owner. He said, "I have to hand it to you, that dog really does talk. But, why are you willing to get rid of him for twenty dollars?" The owner replied, "Sure, he can talk, but he is such a liar!"


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.