The latest news from ekklesia on theology and politics from a christian perspective

The latest news from ekklesia on theology and politics from a christian perspective

By staff writers
3 Apr 2003

Instant sermons at the click of a mouse

-3/4/2003

Theology at the click of a mouse is a service now being provided by Lastminutesermon.com

The Church of England lay reader, Bob Austin, has launched an online sermon service for vicars who find themselves short of inspiration.

According to the Guardian, the website offers homilies for all occasions, each a listener friendly 10 minutes long, allegedly free of "fundamentalist ranting and trendy liberalism."

A professional writer Mr Austin has a licence to preach in the Peterborough diocese.

"The sermons have all been pulpit tested, so they are congregation friendly," he told the Guardian. "They all have a strong teaching element, which is not necessarily received wisdom in the Church of England these days. We have 55 sermons listed so far."

"There are priests who will admit, maybe only to themselves, that they are not very good sermon writers and so this service may help them. They can customise the sermons to their own needs. I don't think people will notice."

Mr Austin's service guarantees "thoroughly researched and topical sermons at short notice", and help with youth study sessions, informal services and school assemblies."

Instant sermons at the click of a mouse

-3/4/2003

Theology at the click of a mouse is a service now being provided by Lastminutesermon.com

The Church of England lay reader, Bob Austin, has launched an online sermon service for vicars who find themselves short of inspiration.

According to the Guardian, the website offers homilies for all occasions, each a listener friendly 10 minutes long, allegedly free of "fundamentalist ranting and trendy liberalism."

A professional writer Mr Austin has a licence to preach in the Peterborough diocese.

"The sermons have all been pulpit tested, so they are congregation friendly," he told the Guardian. "They all have a strong teaching element, which is not necessarily received wisdom in the Church of England these days. We have 55 sermons listed so far."

"There are priests who will admit, maybe only to themselves, that they are not very good sermon writers and so this service may help them. They can customise the sermons to their own needs. I don't think people will notice."

Mr Austin's service guarantees "thoroughly researched and topical sermons at short notice", and help with youth study sessions, informal services and school assemblies."

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