A Word on Target? An Anecdote from CKB

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On one of his visits to Oxford, Dr. Johnson heard the official sermon preached for the benefit of those criminals who had been condemned to die at the assizes. A week or two later, the same learned preacher, preached the University sermon before the University of Oxford. He did a thing which is evidently not restricted to Methodists. He preached the same sermon. Dr. Johnson commented on this and received the usual reply. It was a good sermon and therefore worth preaching more than once. ‘Yes sir,’ said Johnson, ‘but the University was not to be hanged the next morning.’

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