Edna Lister's Sermons and Lectures

What makes a sermon great? Theologians argue the question, seminaries teach courses on how to write and deliver one, people have written books on how to "do it right," but only the listener knows when a sermon hits the mark. Those who came to "hear the word of the Lord" of Edna Lister lavishly praised her efforts, saying, "Oh, what a sermon! I've never heard the like!" Or "Now, that was a sermon!"

Why were Edna Lister's sermons so wonderful? How did they manage to leave such an indelible mark on those who heard them? She ascended to heights of such joy that her message was undiluted, straight from the Source. Often shocking in their richness and simplicity, you may best savor these sermons and outlines by reading them slowly or aloud. Her lectures are just as rich in subject and detail, evoking the memory of the academy, portico and peristyle, the oak groves, plane trees and cypress of ancient Greece. Her topics are varied and unusual; her insights startling and illuminating.

Savor these sermons and outlines by reading them slowly or aloud

We offer this collection of lectures, sermons and Bible interpretation based on the written outlines Edna Lister created, and on transcripts of her students' notes wherever possible. We have separated her outlines from the sermons and lectures that she delivered, placing them first on a given date, since in many cases they are so different from the what she actually delivered. Her outlines may seem "sparse," but imagine what that sermon or lecture really was like. Ponder it in the silence, and you may "tune in" the living record in Divine Mind.

Her students' notes are of inestimable value in publishing her work, since none of her sermons or lectures were recorded. Our gratitude and thanks to the following for their faithful attendance and note-taking: Kay Wilder Abstein, Dorothy Allen, Betty Barnes, Molly Doan Bellamy, Edna Bender, Edith Bruce, Ethel Call, Ferne Chapman, Victor and Ruth Bender Collord, Clara El Damm, Joan Dinse, Margaret Pratt Doan, Alfhild Graham, Theresa Grosscurth, Ruth Johnson, Lily Kondash, Michael Kuzmic, Lotus Judson Landis, William R. Mitchell, Marjorie Muehlhauser, Jean Metzger, Eunice Morrison, Edward Pembroke, Darcea Schiesl, Lucille Smith, Wilhelmina Smith, Virginia Sypher, Florence Waldorf, Irene White, Ross and Virginia Whitehead, and May Wilder.

Many thanks also to our proofreaders: Lauren Burnett, Christi Carlson, Sherry Abstein Gordon, Mona Rainwater, and Michelle Whyman.


Edna Lister's Sermons and Bible Studies 1930 to 1939
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Edna Lister's Sermons and Bible Studies 1940 to 1949
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Edna Lister's Sermons and Bible Studies 1950 to 1950
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Edna Lister's Sermons and Bible Studies 1960 to 1969
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Edna Lister's Sermons and Bible Studies 1970-1971
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Edna Lister's Lectures 1930 to 1939
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Edna Lister's Lectures 1940 to 1949
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Edna Lister's Lectures 1950 to 1950
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Edna Lister's Lectures 1960 to 1969
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Edna Lister's Lectures 1970-1971
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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic
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