So how can we explain the persistent survival of the sermon, despite the attempts of some to kill it off? A number of points suggest themselves.
- A revival of rhetoric. The art of speaking has seen something of a revival in recent years. Politicians, notably Barack Obama, have honed the art of communicating from the podium. People make careers out of public speaking. The rise of the "inspirational speaker" as a career description is very recent. In the light of all this, the idea that the sermon employs a dead mode of communication is starting to look a bit silly.