Sermon Illustrations

“Fasting can be a form of body praying… [But] fasting has nearly ceased to be practiced among us as a religious duty. It has been replaced by other forms of self-denial. One of the most common of those among us is dieting, which is largely cosmetic and therapeutic. What is there to say about it? Perhaps only this: How much happier we should all be if persons who diet would just shut up about it!...The couplet that used to be quoted to those who quit smoking could well be modified and recited for dieters:

‘Giving up eating too much isn’t enough,

It’s giving up bragging about it that’s tough.’”

[John C. Purdy, “Returning God’s Call, 51]