Made-to-Order Sermons Are Church's New Service

By Duda, Dale | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 5, 1996 | Go to article overview

Made-to-Order Sermons Are Church's New Service


Duda, Dale, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Dale Duda Daily Herald Correspondent

"Have it your way" applies to more than hamburgers these days, at least for some members of a Wheaton congregation. As a summer treat, First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton is offering a sermon series by special request.

Earlier this summer, members of the congregation were asked to jot down topics based on Scripture passages or theological themes that can be used as the bases of Sunday sermons. Associate Pastor Kate Jeffress takes turns each week with Pastor Douglas Brower in formulating and delivering the sermons.

"We got some wonderful requests," Jeffress said.

For example, from an inquiry about Christianity and sexuality evolved a sermon based on John 1:8-1. The sermon explained how a Christian community deals with issues involving sexuality, such as divorce, homosexuality and premarital sex.

"John teaches us that any discussion in a Christian community about these issues must be with compassion and in a nonjudgmental way," Jeffress said.

A suggested topic that surprised the pastors was the role of Judas in the early Christian community and the lessons modern believers can learn from him. Another request was for a lecture about integrating personal wealth and the Christian faith. …

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