If I ask you to tell me about your faith, speak to me in the simplest terms you have. Do not give me cant or campsong. Do not give me your theology or other toys of thought. Just tell me how many fathoms deep you are in love.—AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE.
David Teems is the author of TYNDALE: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice [Thomas Nelson, 2012]. His other books include MAJESTIE: The King Behind the King James Bible [Thomas Nelson, 2011], DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL CENTER: The Power of Psalm 119 [Leafwood Publishers, 2011], AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE: What I Really Know About the Devoted Life I Learned From My Dogs [Harvest House, 2010], and TO LOVE IS CHRIST: 365 Devotions [Thomas Nelson, 2005].
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, on October 3, 2017 Abingdon Press will release GODSPEED: Voices of the Reformation, a new devotional by David Teems featuring notable Protestant reformers, including William Tyndale, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jan Hus, John Wycliffe, and a host of others. To an anxious American culture, GODSPEED speaks directly through sober tongues of those who long ago suffered under religious tyranny. This new book by David has startling relevance for today’s reader. October.
There are two sides to David Teems (more if you look close enough). Having made his living for years playing music, he began the slow migration to books. Published in 2005, music was shuttled off to the margins. However, in 2012, he was given old Martin guitar, one he played as a child. Re-infected, with the old guitar came the joy of music again, a joy he seems to have lost. With the five published books he’s written, he intends to record more music as well. His heart is literary. There is a lyric beneath all the noise.
Between imagination and faith there exists a kind of twilight. That simply means in the divide between them, eyes are irrelevant. Sight comes by another method, by a deeper, more reliable sense. “We walk in faith and see not” (2 Corinthians 5:7 Tyndale New Testament).—TYNDALE: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice [p. 46]
April 2017, David appeared on National Geographics new series, ORIGINS: THE WRITING ON THE WALL. David spoke on the life and martyrdom of William Tyndale. The link on this image from the show will take you to the NG: ORIGINS episode.
David grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated with a BA in Psychology from Georgia State University. After one semester of graduate school (educational psychology), he started playing music professionally. In 1981, David began writing and performing Christian music. In 1982 he fell in love with a girl from West Virginia and married her two years later. He and Benita just celebrated 30 years of marriage. They have two sons, Adam and Shad. Adam married Katie Rogers in 2001 (the same year David’s father died). Adam and Katie have three children, Julian, Evie, and Audrey Gray. Shad Teems, and his wife Robin, are expecting their first child (Killian David) in August, 2017. David and Benita live near their sons in Franklin, TN.
Jim Cantelon and David Teems on the set of 100 Huntley Street
©2016 David Teems. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized duplication prohibited.