Gerry Breshears :: How did the “standard” 45 min sermon become the norm?

  • “The reasoning was that [during the reformation] people were so biblically illiterate, that they didn’t know anything about Scripture,” says Dr. Gerry Breshears, Author and Professor of Theology at Western Seminary. “That’s where the idea came that we have a senior guy or group who are gifted teachers.” Reformists like Luther and Calvin wanted to teach Christians about Scripture in a simple way that did not involve much of the symbolism of the Roman Catholic Church. For this reason, the service became a time of worship and learning about Scripture, which has lead to the traditional sermon of today. “Is that the only way to do it? Not by any means.”



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