Dr. Jim McCormick preached at Tupelo First United MethodistChurch on November 17, introducing his fifth book, "The Gospel Goes to Broadway--Inspiration in Songs from Broadway Musicals." Following each worship service there was a time for book signing. Each chapter in this unique book is based on one of 26 familiar songs from 11 Broadway musicals, including "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music," "South Pacific," "The Music Man," "Fiddler on the Roof" and others. Once each year, for the past 25 years or so, McCormick has preached a series of sermons based upon songs from Broadway musicals. The book is a compilation of those sermons that creatively looks at how the music of Broadway and Christian faith intertwine.
McCormick writes in the introduction, "With regard to the really successful musicals on Broadway, in addition to being well written, directed and produced, they all find a way to touch the depths of the human spirit. If the dramas and musicals on Broadway deal with life's truths in such a way as to touch the heart, there must be something there of God's truth. So, it makes sense to come at the gospel from that perspective."
McCormick received a Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College, a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a Doctor of Religion from the School of Theology at Claremont. He is the author of three books and a contributor to numerous magazines and other periodicals.
He's been a pastor or an associate pastor at nine United Methodist churches, and a former Superintendent of the Grenada-Greenwood District of Mississippi. He also served as the pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi. He's represented the Mississippi Annual Conference at the World Methodist Conference in Singapore and at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1992.
"The Gospel Goes to Broadway" is available from Cokesbury, Amazon and Kindle.