Stories That Have Shaped My Life & Ministry

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Both as a preacher and as a writer, John Killinger is known particularly for his vivid, life-changing stories. Stories that Have Shaped My Life and Ministry is a collection of 21 stories the author says have greatly altered his own life. These stories include stories he heard preachers tell when he was growing up in a conservative Baptist Church, stories he has read in his long career as a teacher of theology and literature, stories he has encountered in shared experiences with friends and parishioners, and, more...
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Overview

Both as a preacher and as a writer, John Killinger is known particularly for his vivid, life-changing stories. Stories that Have Shaped My Life and Ministry is a collection of 21 stories the author says have greatly altered his own life. These stories include stories he heard preachers tell when he was growing up in a conservative Baptist Church, stories he has read in his long career as a teacher of theology and literature, stories he has encountered in shared experiences with friends and parishioners, and, more recently, stories friends have sent him on the Internet. Killinger first narrates each story in a chapter of its own and then talks about the story, its implications, its possible derivatives, and its connections with other important stories. When he has finished, each story has grown into a special bouquet of stories, illustrating his contention from the beginning that "life is story and story is life."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827234840
  • Publisher: Christian Board of Publication
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 135
  • Sales rank: 823,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN KILLINGER is a renowned preacher, teacher, and author who has served in several notable church and seminary positions, including that of executive minister and theologian in residence at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

JOHN KILLINGER is a renowned preacher, teacher, and author who has served in several notable church and seminary positions, including that of executive minister and theologian in residence at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Story 1 The Substitute 7

Story 2 The Old Tree Covered with Sheets 17

Story 3 The Soldier Who Didn't Get Angry 23

Story 4 The Lobster and the Squid 29

Story 5 What an Old Man Can Do 33

Story 6 The Man Who Insisted on Death and Suffering 38

Story 7 The Man Who Just Missed Jesus 44

Story 8 The Crossed-Out Name 50

Story 9 Somebody Had to Be a Christian 57

Story 10 The Minister Who Instilled Despair in the Heart of a Child 62

Story 11 The Kingdom That Fell Apart 66

Story 12 The Importance of Being There 72

Story 13 The Difficulty of Avoiding Illusion 78

Story 14 The Message in the Bottle 83

Story 15 Burying an Old Experience 89

Story 16 The Importance of Taking New Bearings 94

Story 17 Life Is for Dancing 100

Story 18 The Unthinkable Death of a Son 109

Story 19 Perfection Isn't All Its Cracked Up to Be 114

Story 20 Learning to Tend Your Own Garden 120

Story 21 The Story That Says It All 127

Notes 133

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