Excerpt from The Great Sinners of the Bible
Others have given up in despair and closed the church at night. Still others go on their way with fairly well filled pews in the morning, and only here and there a scattered listener at night.
For many years I have been pastor of down-town churches in large cities, and during all those years have never failed to have full houses on Sunday night. The publishers of this volume have asked me to furnish them with a series of Sunday night sermons running through the autumn and winter, and this book is the result. The ser mons included in it were preached during the autumn and winter of 1898 and 1899, in the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Cleveland, Ohio. They were delivered to audiences that constantly taxed the seating capacity of a very large church.
The publishers have also asked me to add a word concerning my theory about the Sunday night service and my method of conducting it. My theory is very simple. It is this: men and women will not go to church very long, or very frequently, unless they are personally preached to. I preach on Sunday morning to Christian people largely.
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