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Study Confirms What Every Parishioner Knows

Just as most speakers shouldn’t go more than 20 minutes, most preachers should wrap up sooner than they do.

A study of the average length of Christian sermons showed they vary widely by denomination.

For instance, Catholic homilies average 14 minutes, while evangelical preachers typically roll for 39.

“I don’t think most evangelical pastors are good enough for a 39-minute sermon,” Rev. Tim Keller, the longtime pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, told The Washington Post. “That needs to shorten.”

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