A Bunch of Manure? Megachurch Features Trainer Breaking a Wild Horse Onstage for Live Sermon Illustration

“The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.” A. W. Tozer

A church may soon find a heaping pile of horse manure on stage in the sanctuary, after releasing promotional advertising that horse trainer Todd Piece will break down and tame a wild horse live on stage during their father’s day service in an over-the-top sermon illustration design to “demonstrate God’s love as our Father.”

The much-ballyhooed gimmick is being put on on Crossroads Church, a seeker-sensitive, multisite megachurch in Cincinnati, Ohio that is led by Brian Tome and that advertises itself as a “place for people who have given up on church but not on God.”

Interestingly enough, far from being “non-denominational,” they advertise themselves as “interdenominational,” explaining:

Our beliefs are shared by many different Christian denominations, and we welcome everyone. It’s like one big pool party, with Methodists and Catholics and Presbyterians all doing cannonballs together.

From the promotional material, they share:

Freedom is often misunderstood as running wild. Untamed, Unbroken. This wild horse is about to find out what freedom really is and what it’s worth.

In an experience never done on the church stage until now, you’ll get to watch its transformation live and the same thing can happen for you.

Do you know who you are? Do you know what you’re worth? What does your father say about you? We all start out wild. How does your story end?


To make the sermon illustration as accurate as possible, rather than bringing a horse on-stage, they should have brought in a bull.

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