Something to chew on that is good for the soul™
SOUND BITES Ministry™ reaches around the world
By Rev. Dave Wilkinson
Over the years I have collected quotes that pertain to the Christian faith and life in general. As I have read or studied what others have written, I have been struck by the profound thought that is captured in their few short words. I have accumulated these quotes and categorized them. I have used these short quotes in sermons I have preached, in free devotional booklets I have published for our congregation, in small-group studies I have led, and in articles I have written. It has been a great resource to me.
How it all began...
During Lent 1999 God prompted me to think about a new idea as to how I might share these thoughts with a broader audience. At the same time, our family was experiencing the first anniversary of the death of our son, Dustin, who died at the age of sixteen from a brain tumor. So, beginning on that anniversary, March 29, 1999 we began an e-mail ministry in memory of Dustin that we call SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul.™ Five days a week, Monday through Friday, I share one of these quotes with subscribers. Hopefully recipients find something of faith and life to think about and chew on, which feeds their soul and helps them grow spiritually. Since its inception, over 3,300 daily quotes have been sent out. The subscriber list continues to grow numerically and geographically with subscribers in every state in the U.S., and also in Canada, Mexico, and many other countries around the world. More than 2,050 subscribers receive SOUND BITES directly and many others second hand.
SOUND BITES Ministry™ -- What's in a name?
The following definitions from Webster's Dictionary provide some understanding of the name chosen. SOUND: solid; logically valid and having true premises; agreeing with accepted views, orthodox; showing good judgment or sense. BITES: (vb) to take hold of; to take in; to grip and impress deeply; (n) morsel; a small amount of food; a keen incisive quality; a sharp penetrating effect.
The first quote I sent out was by John F. Kavanaugh from The Word Encountered. "If our faith is something that really does not make a big difference, if it is actually not crucial that we or others believe, no wonder it seems boring to some of our young. Anything we don't care about can't be very interesting. The things we do care about, however, we inevitably talk about... If faith is real, it seeks expression. It will communicate and profess. It will have the energy of passion."
What others are saying...
When SOUND BITES first began the United Methodist News Service picked up an article/interview about SOUND BITES written by a reporter in Dallas. Click on UMNS Feature to view the story with its accompanying photos.
To read a sampling of SOUND BITES quotes as well as feedback from subscribers around the world, click Quotes and Feedback.
To read a sampling of feedback from subscribers on the 13th anniversary of SOUND BITES, click 13th Anniversary Comments.
We had subscribers share their thoughts on The Measure of the Church. To read their responses click The Measure of the Church.