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WESLEY AND CRITICISM


John Wesley was a great English preacher of the 1700’s. He was considered a rather spiffy dresser. One Sunday morning he wore a bow tie that had long ribbons that hung downward. After the sermon was over a lady walked up to him and said, "Brother Wesley, are you open to some criticism?"


He said, "I guess so. What would you like to criticize?"


She said, "The ribbons on your tie are entirely too long and inappropriate for a man of God." And she took out her scissors and cut them off.


A hush fell over the people standing there as Wesley calmly asked, "Now may I borrow the scissors for a moment?" As she handed them to him, he said, "Ma’am, are you open to some criticism?"


She answered, "Well, I suppose I am."


He said, "All right then, please stick out your tongue."


(From a sermon by Stephen Sheane, "A New Year, A New You")

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