Thank you for giving me this opportunity to respond to Professor Saperstein’s
excellent and impassioned plea for the survival of the art of the sermon. Our
first contact with each other was over this very topic, when he approached me
for the text of a sermon I had given during the Falklands war. I told him that I
had made a cull of all ‘tied and timely’ sermons, from which I could only
derive a p’rat, but not a c’lal. Historian that he is, this greatly distressed him,
and we had a few tos and fros about the nature of the sermon.