Did someone mention God?

"Are you going to mention God in your sermon?" I asked my husband as he prepared for Sunday morning worship. "Don't worry," he said, "I'll slip Him in during the last five minutes."

As a Protestant minister, Allen finds he has to put up with teasing from his Christian Scientist wife. In comfortable superiority, I point out to him that people come to church to worship God, but his sermons deal with social issues, fellowship, community, morality. They hardly ever mention God Himself.

One day he turned the tables on me. "What about your church?" he asked. "When I go there on Wednesday evenings I hear people say how grateful they are for Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy, the Bible, the practitioners, their Sunday School teacher, and the readings from the desk. I seldom hear direct praise for God."

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July 14, 1980

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