A conversation on sermons a few weeks back raised the question about their importance in church services. Today an article by Philip Yancey made me wonder about the history of the sermon. His introductory comments in a review of American Sermons hinted at the history of the sermon, indicating that the Puritans elevated it to the form it is today, and that Catholics and Anglicans at one time de-emphasized the sermon (Anglicans reduced it to a quarterly occurrence).
Obviously this entry isn’t full of rigorous academic research, but I am curious about sermon history now. It’s probably one of those things I’ll never get around to looking into, but I’m still curious.