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Said No One Ever Matthew 16:21-28

Said No One Ever

Bearing a cross is the mark of a true disciple.

At a Glance

They are popular Facebook memes, and witty ripostes at cocktail parties. A sudden putdown when an apparently positive statement is ridiculed by a simple addendum: "Said no one ever!" For example, "Those socks really look great with your sandals -- said no one ever!" We're proposing another such statement, and it comes up with Jesus' reflection on what it means to be a disciple.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "Sandals of Skepticism," August 28, 2011, at

Expressing negativity and skepticism has never been difficult for human beings.

Go back 20 to 25 years ago, and kids and adults were telling "not" jokes.

"Not jokes are funny ... NOT!"

"The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. ... NOT!"

"The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night. ... NOT!"

"Mom said you can eat as much Halloween candy as you want. ... NOT!"

Homiletics even used the expression in a title 25 years ago (November 1, 1992),...

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