Sermon Stories of Faith and Hope
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In “The How and Why of This Book,” Stidger writes, “THIS book of sermon stories grows out of a year’s writing of a syndicated newspaper column which I have run for eight years…I get the stories from preachers, students, friends; from a wide reading in ancient and modern literature; and from a varied contact with the great and the humble of the earth” (9).
The Library of Congress catalogs Sermon Stories and some of Stidger's other books 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
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Stidger, William Le Roy, "Sermon Stories of Faith and Hope" (1948). Stidger, William Le Roy, 1885-1949. 9.