Religion: Sideshow

Preachers sometimes have difficulty thinking up novelties to hold the lapsing attention of their congregations. For each Sunday and for intervening occasions they must put together a sermon. Relatively few pastors have the fecundity of ideas or the leisure to discourse with originality on current topics. They go to their ministerial trade magazines* for live sermon subjects. Their home-town topics often furnish a grain that grows to much verbiage. World news gets a parochial interpretation. Awkwardly pithy sermon topics are advertised on bulletin boards, in...

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