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Preacher attempts to break record for longest sermon

Is this really such a good idea?

If you are attending Lambeg Parish Church in Lisburn this weekend, bring a cushion.

Parishioners at the church will have the opportunity to sit through their rector’s attempt to break a UK record for the longest uninterrupted sermon preached on a single subject.

Canon Rev Ken McReynolds hopes to faithfully speak for six hours on Lessons For Living, based around characters in the Bible tomorrow.

“I’m sitting here preparing a very, very long sermon and I will be here all week writing it,” he said. “I’ve already worked my way through Adam and Eve and Noah and currently I’m on Lot, he was a descendant of Abraham.”


The rector — who was quick to admit that many people believe sermons are boring — knows exactly which side of the pulpit he would prefer to be on.

“I don’t think there will be many listening to the whole six hours. So what I said was that people could collect sponsorship for me to do the six hours or they could collect money for themselves to listen to the entire sermon,” he said.

“I have no hesitation in saying that I would far rather be up on the pulpit than listening.”

During his first record attempt he said that one parishioner brought along her knitting while he preached the Word of God.

The rector previously held the title when he piously spoke for five hours non-stop several years ago.


But the record was beaten by a Church of England minister from the south of England who remained at the pulpit for a whopping five-and-a-half hours.

Now Rev McReynolds hopes to regain the title through the sponsored preach which is being held to raise funds for the Church Army Evangelist Training Fund.

There’s more at the link.

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posted October 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

A lovely Baptist lady I knew years ago used to say “no one ever got saved by a long sermon.”

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posted October 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I think every preacher should go for the record.

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posted October 30, 2010 at 7:11 am

In the realm of bad ideas, this is probably the worst. The preacher’s heart is in the right place, but like the first poster said, long sermons don’t accomplish anything but bore people and drive them from the church. I would much rather preachers live by the words inscribed on my eighth grade history teacher’s podium–“Stand up, speak up, shut up, sit down.” Everyone who agrees, say “Amen!”

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Daniel formerly from Knoxville

posted October 30, 2010 at 7:44 am

Mike And Kim –
One of the reasons I opted out of attending Lutheran services with my aunt & uncle is because the pastor would try to cover the entire Bible in one 30 to sometimes 45 – minute sermon. He’d use lots of obscure Greek & Latin terms & phrases. He came close to curing my insomnia !! I think he really wanted to display that the knowledge he was instilled with at seminary wasn’t going to waste, but he went overboard.
Overly long sermons DON’T do much except possibly alienate church members / Potential members.

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posted October 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

Thanks, Kim…..AMEN!

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posted October 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Pastor McReynolds might have a Biblical rival for the record. We are told in Romans, chapter 20, that Paul preached until midnight and that Eutychus, a young man sitting in a window, fell asleep as Paul preached on and on, and that he fellow to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. (Read the rest of the story in Romans 10:7-12.)

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posted October 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Jeanne, it’s Acts 20, not Romans.
As for the record, I’m sure Luther, Calvin, Owen, and Spurgeon have been rolling in their graves ever since someone had the lame-brained idea to construct records for the length of sermons. The length of one’s sermon should be because he was moved by the Spirit to preach the Word to Its fullest on that particular subject & occasion. What a travesty that these “pastors” are only going long because they’re trying to break a meaningless, self-promotional record.
These are what the Word describes as men who seek the praise of men over the glory of God. Go for the record all you want, God won’t be in your audience. As Jesus said, “You have your reward.”

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