A Word on Target? An Anecdote from CKB


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.’