Last year CHRISTIANITY TODAY announced that more than $1,000 would be awarded for sermons preached sometime in 1962—“that (1) expose the fallacies of universalism and (2) faithfully expound the biblical revelation of man’s final destiny and the ground and conditions of his redemption.”

In response to this announcement we received 250 sermons from a majority of the fifty states and also from Canada, Mexico, Peru, Wales, Scotland, India, Japan, and the Philippines. The sermons were by preachers from many denominations. The following served as judges: Dr. Andrew W. Blackwood, professor of homiletics, emeritus, at Princeton Theological Seminary; Dr. Harold B. Kuhn, professor of the philosophy of religion, Asbury Theological Seminary; Dr. Robert J. Lamont, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh; Dr. Harold John Ockenga, pastor, Park Street Church, Boston. They were aided by a panel of experts, working with the executive editor of CHRISTIANITY TODAY.

Now that the long task of reading and evaluating 250 sermons has been completed, we announce the results of the competition. (The winning sermon follows this page.)

First Place ($500 award)—The Rev. R. Eugene Crow, D.D., director of evangelism and public relations of the Southern California (American) Baptist Convention, for a sermon entitled “Eternity: Our Responsibility.”

Second Place ($250 award)—The Rev. Bruce J. Nichols, M.Th., Union Biblical Seminary, Yeotmal, Maharashtra, India, for a sermon entitled “The Great Encounter.”

Third Place ($125 award)—The Rev. John M. L. Young, D.D., missionary in Japan of World Presbyterian Missions and president of the Japan Christian Theological Seminary, Tokyo, for a sermon entitled “The Curse of Christ.”

Fourth Place ($75 award)—The Rev. ...

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