Tales from the Pulpit

Tales from the Pulpit

by David T Brown


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Tales from the Pulpit by David T Brown

When is a sermon not a sermon?

For 25 years I was a lay preacher in the Methodist Church in the UK. During that time I developed a style of preaching that used stories to engage the congregation, tackling issues of theology and Christian living through the actions and words of characters. Sometimes this allowed me to say complex things in a way that kept the listener with me. At other times it gave me the freedom to tackle controversial or emotive subjects that might have been difficult in a straightforward exposition. I don't offer the contents of this book as the future of preaching. They are just stories, tales from the pulpit that, so I'm told, have spoken to people of the workings of God in this world.

I hope they speak to you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499264623
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Brown was born in Nottingham in the UK in 1961. Brought up in the Methodist Church he felt the call to become a Lay Preacher at the tender age of 20 whilst a student at Bath University, becoming fully accredited in 1984. For 25 years he led worship, developing a distinctive preaching style based on narratives. Determined to engage with his congregations he cast his sermons in the guise of stories, enabling the listeners to become caught up in the characters and allowing him to explore complex and sometimes emotive issues from the perspective of an observer, subjects that might have been more difficult in a straightforward exposition.

In 2003 David had a collection of his stories published in the UK by SPCK. It sold moderately well for a book by an unknown author but it was of its time and as his theological understanding developed over time so too did the content of the stories, focussing more and more on theology and the real-life implications of belief. However in 2009 he took a life-changing decision to move to north Wales with his wife to run a guest house, a move that in effect meant ending his association with the Methodist Church.

David is now engaged in a 'ministry of hospitality', welcoming guests to the Welsh coast and the Snowdonia National Park. His days of formal preaching are over but he retains an interest in writing and photography and spends what little free time he now has appreciating the beauty and diversity of creation so evident all around him.

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