There are Sermons in Stories
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In “A Word to Launch This Book,” Stidger writes that it is a collection of “stories which I have picked up in my reading, living, adventuring way across the continent and around the earth…They are not my stories, but the stories of the people themselves; and in that mood I dare to present them in this form, hoping that just as they have thrilled and stirred my soul so will they stir and thrill the souls of the readers of this book” (p. 9).
Like More Sermons in Stories and other books, There Are Sermons is cataloged under “Homiletical illustrations” rather than “Sermons.” This raises the question of whether the contents should be regarded as stories to be included in sermons or as “story sermons” in and of themselves. In keeping with Stidger’s use of terms such as “dramatic book sermon” to describe his other works, these pieces are designated as “story sermons” in the User Guide.
Appalachia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, William Le Roy Stidger, Methodist Episcopal Church, Sermons
Appalachian Studies | Digital Humanities | Other Religion | Rhetoric
Stidger, William Le Roy, "There are Sermons in Stories" (1942). Stidger, William Le Roy, 1885-1949. 8.