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The Art of Preaching Old Testament NarrativeThe Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative
Steven D. Mathewson
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The power of an intriguing story can not only captivate an audience, but when presented in a familiar and personal way, can communicate important truths. With this realization, Steven Mathewson offers here a guide to applying careful expository preaching methods to popular Old Testament stories. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative guides students and preachers through a ten-step process from text selection to sermon delivery. Mathewson provides sermons and interviews of five individuals, including Alice Mathews and and Haddon Robinson. Seminary students, professors will appreciate this valuable tool for refining their narrative preaching skills. 279 pages. From Baker.
     

 
The Messiah and the Psalms : Preaching Christ from all the PsalmsThe Messiah and the Psalms : Preaching Christ from all the Psalms
Dick Belcher
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Many Christians today have only a very limited knowledge of the Psalms and are oblivious to the relevance and significance this portion of scripture has, both to the New Testament and to their lives in the 21st century.

This book will help pastors, seminary students, lay leaders and Christians in personal study, to understand how the psalms relate to Christ so they will be better equipped to preach and teach the psalms. Some psalms have a direct relationship to Christ, but with other psalms the link is not always as evident. Belcher shows that all the psalms relate in some way to Christ's person or his work. The biblical basis for this view is laid out and then how it works with different types of psalms is examined. In addition, Belcher offers deeper exposition of those psalms that have a direct relationship to Christ.
     


 

 
Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching: A Practical Guide for Students and PastorsUsing Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching: A Practical Guide for Students and Pastors
Paul D. Wegner
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Using Biblical Hebrew in Ministry provides seminary-trained preachers and preachers-in-the-making with a refresher in Hebrew exegesis, a description of the tools they need, a process of transforming exegesis into exposition, and a reminder of the benefits (both to the preacher and congregation) of using the original language. It is intended as a Hebrew counterpart to David Alan Black's widely acclaimed Using New Testament Greek in Ministry.
     

 
Preaching Christ From the Old TestamentPreaching Christ From the Old Testament
Sidney Greidanus
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Christ-centered preaching from the Old Testament has been largely overlooked by contemporary scholars, but Greidanus's landmark study remedies this situation. Emphasizing the necessity of preaching Christ from the Old Testament, Greidanus traces the history of Christological preaching; interacts with contemporary hermeneutical discussions; and offers concrete steps to help you move from Old Testament text to Christian sermon. 365 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
     

 
Preaching Christ in All of ScripturePreaching Christ in All of Scripture
Edmund P. Clowney
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What makes a sermon distinctively Christian? Christ does. A truly Christian sermon from anywhere in the Bible must take into account the full drama of drama of redemption and its realization in Christ. In this book Edmund Clowney explains his reasons for this conviction and gives practical guidance for preachers who share it. First he lays the theoretical foundation for preaching Christ in the whole Bible. Then he gives practical tips for preparing such a sermon. The rest of the book is a collection of Clowney's own sermons that exemplify the preaching of Chirst in all of Scripture. For experienced preachers who want to hone their preaching focus on Christ, this book offers guidance on how to do that. For aspiring preachers, Clowney's example is a model of faithful Christian preaching.
     

 
100 Old Testament Sermon Outlines100 Old Testament Sermon Outlines
John Phillips
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A clear, concise outline is the cornerstone of a well-developed sermon. That's why hardworking pastors and teachers gather fresh ideas and creative approaches from a variety of sources. This collection presents 100 sermon outlines by one of today's most popular Bible teachers and conference speakers, John Philips. Some outlines are short and pithy, others are longer and more detailed, but all of them will help the busy preacher build and deliver powerful, life-changing messages. Topics include The Lord's Baptism, The Rich Fool, Two Lost Sons, and many more.
     

 
Making Sense of the Old Testament: 3 Crucial QuestionsMaking Sense of the Old Testament: 3 Crucial Questions
Tremper Longman III
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In clear and concise language, Tremper Longman addresses three questions to help resolve this problem: What are the keys to understanding the Old Testament?, Is the God of the Old Testament also the God of the New Testament?, and How is the Christian to apply the Old Testament to life?
Christians often face a number of obstacles to their understanding of the Old Testament, including differences in culture, worldviews, traditions, language, and geography. Longman provides practical principles for achieving a fuller understanding of what the Old Testament says.
Throughout the history of the church there has been much debate concerning the differences between how God related to humans in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. The author points out false stereotypes Christians may have, then demonstrates that the presentation of God is consistent in both testaments.Of the three questions addressed, the third is perhaps the most practical. Longman looks at each section of the Old Testament--law, history, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy--and explains the issues involved in applying that section to Christian life today. Scripture and subject indexes are included.
     

 

 
Old Testament Turning Points: The Narratives That Shaped a NationOld Testament Turning Points: The Narratives That Shaped a Nation
Victor H. Matthews
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Adam and Eve. God's covenant with Abraham, the deportation of Judah and their eventual return to Jerusalem-these are the Old Testament stories most people remember, and for good reason. According to veteran Old Testament professor Victor Matthews, these stories are essential to the identity of Israel as God's people.

Matthews identifies eight landmark stories that not only shaped Israelite identity but also continued to echo throughout the Old Testament as Israel grew into its role as the people of God. He examines the stories in detail, showing how they provide a foundation for later Old Testament stories and events. Helpful sidebars, a glossary, indexes, and a selected bibliography provide readers with tools for further exploration. This book will be of interest to serious lay readers, Bible students, and church leaders. Paperback, 208 pages.
     


 
Preaching the Old TestamentPreaching the Old Testament
Ellen F. Davis
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In this book, based on her 2003 Beecher Lectures, Ellen Davis argues and demonstrates that the activities of biblical interpretation and preaching are essentially related as arts and, in fact, as the arts most fundamental to the life of the church. Because preaching is an art and not a method, the skills it requires are best learned by sympathy, not in abstraction. In these essays, therefore, as she discusses such important issues as the urgent and speaking presence of the Old Testament for preaching, preaching the psalms and welcoming them as poetry, and Christological preaching of the Old Testament, she also presents a convocation of preaching voices form across centuries--Deitrich Bonhoffer, John Donne, Lancelot Andrewes, exploring how each dealt with problems and puzzles the text presents and learning from them the basic principles of biblical interpretation and communication of the gospel message found in both Testaments. She asks in the process, What can ordinary preachers learn from these masters of the art? Davis includes some of her own sermons as contemporary examples.
     

 
Preaching the Old TestamentPreaching the Old Testament
Scott M. Gibson
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Many pastors find it easier to preach on the New Testament than the Old Testament, with its powerful and often shocking narrative, prophetic warnings and calls to holiness. For many preachers seeking to make the Bible relevant, it is far easier and safer to stay out of the woods and plow the well-worn fields of the newer canon.

Preaching the Old Testament equips pastors to journey into the forest and find passion and confidence for preaching on the Old Testament. This book helps them keep up on their Hebrew, understand the themes of the Old Testament, and unpack the theological foundation upon which Jesus built, in order to take their congregations to a deeper understanding of Christ himself.

Edited by Scott M. Gibson, professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, this book features articles from the faculty at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, but also includes professors Duane Garrett from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, John Sailhamer from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dennis Magary and David Larsen from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Scott M. Gibson (D.Phil., Oxford) is the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry and Director of the Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is one of the founders of the Evangelical Homiletics Society.
     

 
Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the ChurchPreaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church
Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
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Preaching from the Old Testament receives short shrift in many pulpits. Kaiser shows you why and how you should preach from the OT. Emphasizing the relevance of the First Testament, this reliable guide offers practical insight into expository preaching and concrete suggestions on teaching the narrative texts, wisdom books, prophets, laments, and more. 222 pages, softcover from Baker.
     

 
Old Testament Exegesis, 3rd Ed.: A Handbook For Students And PastorsOld Testament Exegesis, 3rd Ed.: A Handbook For Students And Pastors
Douglas Stuart
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For 20 years pastors and students have found Dr. Stuart's primer for writing exegetical papers to be indispensable for interpreting, teaching, and preaching Old Testament texts. Now he provides a substantial revision for a new generation of exegetes. He offers a step-by-step handbook for faithfully handling God's Word, that includes thorough updates that reflect the latest advances in methodology and research.
     

 
The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative TextsThe Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts
Dale Ralph Davis
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"I am a bit puzzled over why many Christians seem to think the Old Testament is such a 'problem.' I know the usual answers to that, but I can find many of the same 'difficulties' with the New Testament. What I am not so puzzled about is why some pastors and teachers are perplexed about expounding Old Testament texts. For nearly two hundred years a skeptical brand of Old Testament criticism has largely held sway in our universities and divinity halls; it 'un-godded' the Old Testament, implied the Old Testament documents were extremely complex and involved, and managed to make Old Testament studies mostly boring, lifeless, and dull ..."

"I'm not on a crusade against the villains of Old Testament studies. One learns even from the 'villains.' And there have been far more hopeful signs in Old Testament studies in recent years. But I still believe that traditional Old Testament criticism has had the effect of killing the Old Testament for the church. This little tome can hardly reverse that, but it is meant as an exercise in reading the Old Testament for fun and profit ..."

"Most of what I do in the following pages involves discussing examples of Old Testament narratives. I have tried to select examples from a broad range of possibilities. By the way, I assume that you have the biblical text handy in order to carry on your 'Berean' work."
---Dale Ralph Davis
     


 
Preaching And Reading The Old Testament LessonsPreaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons
Elizabeth Achtemeier
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Writing in a homiletical style, prominent Bible scholar Elizabeth Achtemeier provides expositions on all of the Old Testament texts contained in Cycle B of the Revised Common and Lutheran Lectionaries. Infused with her customary insight into the Hebrew scriptures, this collection of Achtemeier's contributions to the preaching journal Emphasis furnishes a plethora of fruitful starting points for preparing sermons rooted in the Bible yet connected to modern life. But as the book's title suggests, this volume is not just for preachers and homiletics students - it is also a powerful commentary for study groups and personal devotional reading. Achtemeier's unrelenting focus on the promises of God appearing in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament, combined with her outstanding scholarship, make these essays a priceless resource that will enrich anyone looking for a clearer understanding of the scriptures.
     

 
Preaching and Teaching the PsalmsPreaching and Teaching the Psalms
James L. Mays
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Renowned and beloved psalms scholar James Luther Mays shares in this book some of his most influential ideas about the psalms and shows the reader how this rich Old Testament poetry can be taught and preached in the church. The book's editors, Patrick Miller and Gene Tucker, have carefully brought together Mays's best insights into the meaning of the psalms and shown us in his sermons how a master with a love for the church handles these beautiful texts. Mays begins by explaining the basic concepts needed to understand and interpret the psalms and reviewing the scholarship and trends in psalms interpretation. Throughout he treats the psalms not just as ancient texts for scholarly study but as the basis for prayer and faith in the church today. The book's second section contains Mays's expositions of nine different psalms, including Psalm 8, Psalms 22, and Psalm 23, and eight of Mays's sermons on the psalms. The book is ideal for clergy who want to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the psalms, as well as further their skills in preaching and teaching the well-loved Old Testament poetry.
     

 
Preaching the Eighth Century ProphetsPreaching the Eighth Century Prophets
David Fleer, Dave Bland
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Preaching the Eighth Century Prophets is volume 5 of the collected Rochester College Lectures on Preaching. Such topics include: Pastors who are preachers who are prophets; the proclamation of doom in the Eighth century prophets; theology, ethics, and homiletics in the eighth century prophetic oracles of salvation; living in Hosea; re-imagining the future : Past tense words in a present tense world. Part 2 includes sermons on the Eighth Century Prophets.
     

 
Preaching the Old Testament: A Lectionary CommentaryPreaching the Old Testament: A Lectionary Commentary
Ronald J. Allen
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Preachers often neglect the Old Testament, misrepresent it, or regard its theological content as superseded by Jesus and the New Testament, Allen and Williamson claim. The authors help preachers avoid these traps by (1) explaining how a text was understood before the Common Era without any reference to Jesus of Christian doctrine, (2) mentioning representative New Testament passages or themes that are informed by the older material, and (3) commenting briefly on the relationship between the lections in those cases when readings from the Old Testament are paired with readings from the New Testament.

Ronald J. Allen is the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, INClark M. Williamson is Indiana Professor Emeritus of Christian Thought at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.
     


 
The Majesty of God in the Old Testament: A Guide for Preaching and TeachingThe Majesty of God in the Old Testament: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching
Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
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If you agree with Kaiser that preaching from the Old Testament is an oft-neglected and mishandled discipline these days, you'll welcome this practical, accessible resource. He exposits 10 great passages that are rife with evidence of God's majesty; and demonstrates how word studies and historical/archaeological exploration can make the Old Testament relevant to your congregation. 176 pages, softcover from Baker.
     
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