The Poetry of Faith: Sermons Preached in a Southern Church

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NewSouth Books, Jan 1, 2013 - Religion - 192 pages
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The ministry of the Rev. Stephen F. Dill was forged in the turbulent civil rights years when he stood for social justice and spoke against racial segregation. In this collection of sermons--many from his 20 years as pastor of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama--Dill reflects on the implications of his faith for the lives of individuals and for the life of the world. Robin Wilson, one of Dill's successors at Dauphin Way, praises "the bold humility" of his message, and author Frye Gaillard, in the book's introduction, offers this description of Dill and his sermons: "Almost inevitably, the poetry of his preaching caught the quick of my imagination and quietly, inevitably made me think." Appropriately, the publication of The Poetry of Faith coincides with the 100th anniversary of Dauphin Way. But these challenging and reassuring sermons resonate far beyond those walls. As Methodist educator Gorman Houston put it, this is the Christian faith at its finest, for Stephen Dill has always been "one of those ministers ... able to see the church as it should be and not as it was."
 

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Contents

It Causes Me to Tremble
3
The Power of His Compliment I I
11
Ministers of Grace
19
The King of Glory
29
The Wings of Madness
38
The Rest of the Story
46
Steady Hands in a Shaken World
55
The Foolishness of Preaching
63
Beyond the First Range of Hills
97
Guide Me 0 Thou Great Jehovah
106
The Tenth Leper I I 5
115
The Stable and the Star I 24
124
A Song ofAscent I 3 I
131
The Weight of a Petal
140
He is Risen Indeed
148
A Charge for 2000 and Beyond I 56
156

Send My Roots Rain
73
The Hour of Knowing 8 I
81
There Was Eden
89
Christ In You the Hope of Glory
162
Acknowledgments
171
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Stephen F. Dill (Author)
STEPHEN F. DILL s retired after forty years of service as a United Methodist minister. He is pastor emeritus of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama and director emeritus of the J. L. Bedsole Scholars Program. He holds BA and MA degrees from Emory University and in 1975 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.

Frye Gaillard (Editor)
FRYE GAILLARD is the writer-in-residence in the English and history departments at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of twenty books, including With Music and Justice for All: Some Southerners and Their Passions; Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award; The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina, winner of the Gustavus Myers Award; and If I Were a Carpenter, the first independent, book-length study of Habitat for Humanity.

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