Ecumenism: Holy Cross, Holy Dream

"It takes an hour and a half to write every three minutes of a good sermon," says the Rev. Bertram Apman, pastor of the small Holy Cross Lutheran Church in the Seattle suburb of Newport. Overworked at his job of counseling, fundraising, youth work and admin stration, he has little time left to pr pare his preaching, which is why "some of my sermons have been so crummy." Apman feels that most small-town ministers share his problem, and that the solution is to merge weak little churches into a few big ones, regardless...

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