“Tim could you come by the house and help me put old boxes in the recycling?” Not knowing what was contained in those old boxes I went over to my mother’s to give her a hand. What I discovered were boxes of my father, Bill Crouch’s sermons and corrresponence from his over 50 years in ministry. When I told my mother that I want to keep them, she asked in her always practical manner “What are you going to do with them?” My response was “I don’t know… but I’m not going to throw them away.” Over the next several months I began reading his sermons and trying to answer that question “What am I going to do with this?” One of my initial thoughts was to be able to provide my sons, nieces and nephews with a record of the work of their Grandaddy.
My options soon became clear to either seek to have them published in a book or to publish them online in a blog format. I choose the blog because it is a simple and immediate method of distributing the sermons to not only family but to anyone who might have an interest. While preserving them in a digital format.
The one caveat I would add is the my father often said he did not view the sermon as written piece but rather as something that was written for a visual and oral presentation. Those two elements are obviously missing and we are left with only the written piece. There may be some audio recording or video recording of my father’s preaching style and those may be added at some point.
I hope that current and future generations of the Crouch family as well as others will enjoy reading “Rumors of Angels”. My father always had an upbeat style of preaching and that while I am biased I always said, “He was the best preacher I ever heard!”
Tim Crouch is the oldest of 4 children of Bill and Debby Crouch. He lives in Denton, Texas and is a member of First United Methodist Church.