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Sermons Of The Future

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Talmage, the BrookJyn divine, spoko upon "The Coming Sermón" on a recent Sunday. He said: "The sermón of to-day doesn't i-each the world,"' he said "Not a tenth part even of those who attend church are helped or injured by what they hear. The matter is with the sermons - not with religión. They are liko the canalboat in the age of the locomotive and the electie telegraph. Before the world can be con verted, the sermonizing must be converted. Jonathan warde' sermons suited the age he lived in; preached to-day they would divide audience into two classes - those who were all asleep and those who wanted to go home. The coming sermón, wherever bom or by wbotnever preached will bo full of Christ, in contradistinction to the didactic technicalities a Christ who means pardon, sympathy, condolence; a poor man's, an overworked man's, a mechanic's, an artisan's, every man's Christ. It will be full of vicarious suffering.have living illustrations from daily life, and a living Christ. The world does notwantacoli intellectual, magisterial Christ, but a hind, loving one, who spreads His arms and takes all to His heart. The coming sermón will be short; condensation is the need of the age. Napoleon thrilled his army in a speech of seven minutes, and Christ's sermón on the Mount took eighteen minutes as ordinarily delivered. It will be a popular sermón. Some think there must be something wrong about a sermón unless it is stupid. Christ was the most popular preacher the world ever saw He drew illustrations from dailv life and all understood him. "When the coming sormon comes there wil! be a thousand gleaming cimeters to charge on it. People don't go to church because the sermons are not interesting - somc one might as well teil the truth. Yet, if a minister does this the old school preachers cry 'Tut, tut! Sensational! It will be an awakening sermón", and from alter-rail to front doorstep the audience will get up and stirt for Heaven. It willcontain many staccato passages. It will be an everydav sermón, and teach men how to vote, bargain, hold the plough, wield the pen, pencil and yardstick. It will be a reportcd sermón. The printingpress will be the great agency of Gospel proclamation. It is high time good men should invite insteadof denoimcing the presa. I can't understand the nervousness-of some preachers at the sight oi a newspaper man. The time will come when the village and city newspaper will reproduce the Snnday sermons.


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