A lifetime’s worth of inspirational sermons, and the man who wrote and delivered them, 79-year-old Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner, were honored at a special ceremony last month at the Washington National Cathedral (Episcopal). The author of 30 books was the star of the April 5 event. “‘Tell the truth,’ he would say to us budding preachers. ‘Tell the truth of our lives as candidly and overtly as we can,’” said Samuel T. Lloyd III, dean of the cathedral. Lloyd said that reading Buechner’s guide to sermons, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale, changed his life. “We are grounded, more honest, more aware preachers because of Fred,” Lloyd said. Buechner shared two excerpts from his new book, Secrets in the Dark, and heard praise from writer and religion teacher Barbara Brown Taylor of Piedmont College and author Thomas G. Long, professor of preaching at Emory University.


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