Religion: God's Groceryman

"I just bootleg the Gospel," a well-tailored young groceryman told an audience of 1,500 Baptist men in Fort Worth one night last week. Then Layman Howard Edward Butt Jr., 26, preached a sermon on one of his favorite themes: Christians must have the dedication to their cause that Communists have for theirs. His listeners liked it so well that they asked him to come back next August and preach an eight-day revival.

What Groceryman Butt means when he calls himself a Gospel-bootlegger is simply that he is not a minister and has no formal license to preach. Moreover, his regular job in...

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