Religion: More Acres for the Lord

Erskine Caldwell had some fun with the idea in God's Little Acre: a sly farmer kept moving his consecrated piece of ground to the weediest locations, to make sure that God took a loss instead of a profit. But in the rural South and Midwest the Lord's Acre Plan has saved so many churches that its director last week scheduled a nine-State lecture tour this fall to spread the idea in the Southeast.

Biggest problem in rural church finance is that farmers have little cash to put in the collection plate. But farmers usually have plenty of cotton, wheat or corn-on-the-hoof—and most...

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