New website hopes to make sermons a vital part of life

Religion News Service | 9/24/2018 | Staff
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(RNS) — Every week, millions of American go to houses of worship to hear a message from a spiritual leader.

Most of those congregations are small. And few sermons ever make their way beyond the four walls of a given congregation.

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Publisher David Murray — a connoisseur of the spoken word — wants to change that with a new website, VitalSermons.com.

“We’re trying to … find a timely and widely engaging sermon every single week to put out in the world,” said Murray, CEO of the new website. A veteran speechwriter, Murray also owns Vital Speeches of the Day, an 84-year-old magazine that has long captured important addresses from figures in politics, the arts and elsewhere.

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Among the sermons featured on the site are a message from Rabbi Robert Haas of Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah, Ga., the controversial eulogy for singer Aretha Franklin delivered by the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. and a sermon from George Mason, pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, calling for justice in the case of Botham Jean, a young African-American man shot dead in his apartment by an off-duty police officer.

“Lord, have mercy,” Mason said in the sermon. “Why are white churches and Christians not speaking out more in racially charged cases like these? If we want to call ourselves by the name of Jesus, we have to stop defending things Jesus would condemn. We have to start loving people like he did.”

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Visitors can also watch videos of the Rev. Amy Butler of The Riverside Church in New York City, Bible teacher Lisa Harper, LaSierra University Church Pastor Chris Oberg from Riverside, Calif., and others on the site.

Laura Truax, senior pastor of LaSalle Street Church, a self-described “interdenominational” congregation in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood, is part of the new website’s advisory board. She was one of the...
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