Tell Me a Story

For the first 15 years of my life, my family had no TV. But we had books; lots of them, thanks in part to a nearby library.  Our entire family grew up to be book worms. Then, when Amy & I began raising our three daughters, we decided we would live a TV free life during their early years, so we stuck the TV in the closet and made the reading of great stories central to our family times. I must confess they also have ended up being a bit bookish as a consequence.

Some years later while pastoring a church I discovered the writings of F.W. Boreham. This British-Australian pastor and writer wrote around 50 books and published 3,000 articles besides.  But it was his 5 volumes subtitled, “Texts that Made History” that made me a life-long fan of his. The books are titled,   A Bunch of Everlastings, A Handful of Stars, A Casket of Cameos, A Faggot of Torches, and A Temple of Topaz.  They 5 books contain the mini-biographies of 125 people who made significant impact upon their communities, their nation and the world. Being nudged by this man who became my mentor, I too began telling stories in the pulpit.

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2 Responses to Tell Me a Story

  1. Terence Clyne says:

    Hi Prof. Ashton, this Sunday I will be using a story in my sermon that you told many years ago in a theology class back at Aldersgate College. You were teaching on the need of forgiven for even our mistakes and those sins committed unintentionally. I will be talking about the Guilt/Trepass Offering of the O.T. and how it often was for unintentional sin. I remember you telling a story about being sick and one of your daughters brought you orange juice (I think) while you were in bed. She unintentionally slopped some juice in your slipper. You had to talked to her about the need to apologize even when she didn’t mean to do it. Funny how after all these decades that little story has stuck with me! Thanks
    Terry Clyne

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