Adam and Eve had some issues with fruit trees and the biggest disaster in history happened because of it.  Whatever the fruit was it caused the Fall and all the resulting craziness we experience everyday of our life.

William Stukeley, wrote a biography of Britain’s greatest scientist, entitled Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’s Life.

He tells of having dinner with Newton after which they went into the garden and had tea and Stukeley wrote “Amid other discourse, he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly the notion of gravitation came into his mind. Why sh[oul]d that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground, thought he to himself; occasion’d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in contemplative mood.”

Newton was a bit off on gravity as Einstein showed but his ideas worked fine for a few hundred years.

Martin Luther was accosted by his superior in the garden in the courtyard of the cloister at Wittenberg and told that he had to begin preaching.  Under a pear tree, Luther argued and fought and told him that preaching would kill him, to which the supervisor responded that God had a lot of stuff to do and he needed smart people in heaven too.

Luther had a great effect on preaching.  He said a preacher should know how to get into the pulpit, know that he had to be there for a time, and know how to get out of it.  Amen