Building Sermons with Symphonic 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 Symphonic Sermons 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 14 examples of this technique; an additional 17 appear in Symphonic Sermons.
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Appalachia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, William Le Roy Stidger, Methodist Episcopal Church, Sermons
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Stidger, William Le Roy, "Building Sermons with Symphonic Themes" (1926). Stidger, William Le Roy, 1885-1949. 15.