Churches: Secular Sermons

"Many writers are far, far more relevant than Scripture" to contemporary man, says the Rev. Richard McFarland of Washington's Dumbarton Methodist Church. Accordingly, he is as likely to use a passage from Camus or Albee as a parable to bring home to his congregation an aspect of God's message. Well aware that pulpit time is dropout time for many churchgoers, more and more ministers are not only turning to secular sources as an inspiration for sermons but are trying more dramatic ways to vary the format of their preaching.

These days, a sermon is likely to start off with anything...

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