Some People Are Just Worth Quoting More Often Than Others: A Conversation with Jeffrey Munroe About Fredrick Buechner


By Andy Hale

Why is that some people are just a lot more quotable? King, Einstein, Angelou, Seuss, Franklin, Oprah, Shakespeare, Aristotle, Jesus of Nazareth are at the top of the most quoted persons in history.

Who can forget Lincoln’s famous line, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet just because there’s a picture with a quote next to it.”

I found in the last year that I quoted Fredrick Buechner over 50 times in sermon manuscripts, Bible studies, and other correspondence. And yet, it pains me to think that someone reading this has possibly never read anything of Buechner.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,” from Wishful Thinking.

“Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all. Amen, and come Lord Jesus,” from The Clown in the Belfry.

We sat down with Jeffrey Munroe, the author of Reading Buechner: Exploring the Work of a Master Memoirist, Novelist, Theologian, and Preacher.

Munroe also serves as the Executive Vice President of Western Theological Seminary, as well as a former member of the Advisory Board of the Buechner Institute of Faith and Culture.

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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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