Last night I visited a revival meeting at a nearby church. The man who was preaching is 90 years old, and within his sermon he made a comment about how revivals "used to be." He referred back to the days when he remembered the meetings lasting two or even three weeks. He also mentioned that most of the churches were only "quarter-time" (met once a month), but that the preachers commonly preached 1-1/2 to 2 hours. He went on to say that though the churches were only quarter-time, the people probably got as much preaching then as they do now. I had never thought of that, and I found it intriguing. I quickly formulated a comparison of this group of churches now & then. Now the churches meet twice on Sunday & on Wednesday night. Wednesday is prayer meeting, so the sermons are usually only Sunday am & pm, about 30 minutes each. In addition, the annual revival meeting is usually Mon-Fri, with 30 minute sermons each night. So we have 1 hour for 52 weeks of regular meetings plus 2-1/2 hours from revival services. If figured correctly, this comes to a total of the regular attendees hearing 54.5 hours of sermonic material. Then the churches met one weekend a month, usually on Saturday night & Sunday morning. Accepting the lower figure of 1-1/2 hour sermons, this comes to 36 hours of sermons from regular meetings. Also accepting the lower time with the only two week revivals comes to 21 hours of sermons from revival meetings. The total of hearing sermonic material for them is 57 hours. Actually most of the revival meetings had two services - morning & night - so that would add even 21 more hours, for a grand total of 78 hours. So among the missionary Baptists of east Texas, the old folks back in the 30's in quarter-time services actually heard more preaching than their counterparts in the 21st century. No major point - I just found this interesting and thought it would be contrary to our common notions.