“As surely as each of them brought a toothbrush with him, he also brought with him his loves and hates, his fears of death and his fears of life, his anxieties, his longings, his pride his doubts…and so did the one who traveled to New Haven to hear them lecture.” This statement from page three of Telling the Truth left me naked and vulnerable as I continued to read the following words of this brilliant work by Fredrick Buechner. As a young college student, pursing ministry, I can’t help but be challenged as I read recognize my self in these words. Every time I get up to preach, I bring with me the world that lives inside of me, and so does everyone who is listening. I am speaking to broken hearts, different personalities and family situations, people who are experiencing extreme financial and marriage trials.
The soldiers stand aside by the wall to form a clear path for Theo and Kee. Originally Soldiers are the symbol of authority; however, in this scene they become less powerful by the character blocking. Theo looks at the soldiers in a higher position while he’s protecting Kee. This makes the viewers recognize the moment when Theo has the dominion of the
Another metaphor in the sermon is, “The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given, and the longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course, when once it is let loose… the waters are continually rising and waxing more and more mighty; and there is nothing but the mere pleasure of God that holds the waters back that are unwilling to be stopped…” (Bedford 352). The whole point of what he is saying in this quote is just to stress the importance that only God’s grace can keep people from a loss from hate. The losses can include things like floods and burning flames. This quote talks about how the waves of water keep getting
It is not black and white, especially since soldiers are dealing with heavy issues and people are dying all around
He even goes as far to say that "The war is actually begun!" and "Our brethren are already in the field!". "I
“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see- egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping, and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.” - Al-Ghazali. These enemies are the evils that lurk within humans, yet we see more in others than ourselves.
The positive reinforecemenst of God's power and his will, adds towards the troops feeling of contentment
He does not believe that his people should be suffering for no reason. “ Praised be thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar?” (Pg.67) This quote contained the device of imagery. There is a boy who looks at all those people with hope, but then there is
“The wrath of God is like great waters that are damned from the present; they increase; more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is give; and the longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty its course, when once it is let loose." In this quotation, Edwards uses
You can't mentally prepare for what you’re about to see, you just can’t. “Billy Boy got scared and started crying and said he was about to die” (202). As in the quote, you just can prepare because you never will know what will happen. Tim O’Brien wrote in the book on how accidents can happen in war. Accidents can take away a person's life in war.
The author appeals to his audience’s emotion when writing this sermon. Specifically, he targets
Edwards likes to take the repetition of a word to scare his audience to make his point. “Wrath” means “forceful anger”. Instead of just saying plain anger, Edwards uses repetition of fury to make his point more profoundly. Edwards emphases that people are in great danger and God is extremely angry. Edwards describes the anger of God as “great furnace of wrath”, “full of the fire of wrath” and “wrath is provoked and incensed”.