Summary: This book is a collection of nearly 75 stories and sermonettes drawn from Brunks forty years in the ministry. The stories reflect Brunks desire to help churches become open and welcoming, instead of exclusive and shunning. The story of Capn Jack, the oysterman living outside the walls of the Mennonite colony and welcomed into Brunks home church at Warwick River Mennonite Church, provides a memorable illustration of this.
Comment: "Here in
these narratives--and in the presence of the seasoned
pastor recounting them--we discover that the wall between
this world and the heavenly realm is incredibly
Truman Brunk, storyteller
extraordinaire, has finally committed some of his best to
print. They come from his rich life as a builder of
houses and more importantly as a builder of human beings.
Some of his stories are part Garrison Keillor and part
The intergenerational framework
beautifully portrays Trumans background and
reflects a gracious teacher and pastor on a journey of
faith, hope, and learning.
These delightful reflections
reveal the heart and mind of a beloved pastor who
mentored thousands of students, leaders, and
congregational members throughout a lifetime of
Truman steps into our lives in
grace. He invites us to walk with him as together we walk
with Jesus in life.
Market: Anyone interested in simple, moving, and often humorous interweavings of a pastors life experiences with lessons from Scripture.
The Author: Truman H. Brunk, a semi-retired pastor, lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with wife Betty, a retired social worker. Since his ordination in 1965 and twelve years as campus pastor at Eastern Mennonite University, Truman has served as overseer of churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia and as pastor at Akron Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Warwick River Mennonite Church, and Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. He is currently part-time pastor of students at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Shelving: Autobiography/memoirreligious, Anabaptist, Mennonite; Ministry; Homiletics. BISAC: Autobiography. RTM: 170 Autobiography; 690 Religion/Ethics.
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