Symphonic Sermons: A New Method in Homiletics and Its Effective Use with Sermons and Suggested Themes
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Stidger discusses what he calls “symphonic sermonizing” in Chapter I of That God’s House May Be Filled. The unidentified editor of this book summarizes Stidger’s method in these words: “The plan that he adopted was to get two lines of poetry which exactly summed up the thought that he wanted to set forth in his text. Then, after every illustration in his sermon, and after every division, he would sing this symphonic theme into the hearts of his congregations, linking it up with his text” (pp. vii-viii).
The book contains 17 examples of this technique, along with a chapter entitled “One Hundred and Sixty Selected Symphonic Themes” and 8 outlines that the “busy preacher” can use, working “the sermons out according to his own personal needs, desires, talents, and personality” (p. 312). An additional 14 discourses appear in Building Sermons with Symphonic Themes.
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Stidger, William Le Roy, "Symphonic Sermons: A New Method in Homiletics and Its Effective Use with Sermons and Suggested Themes" (1924). Stidger, William Le Roy, 1885-1949. 14.