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What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching?What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching?
Mike Graves(Editor) & David J. Schlafer(Editor)
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Teachers of preaching have long recognized that the Bible is told in story form. Yet the responses to the topic of narrative preaching have varied over the years, from singing its praises to outright rejection. The homiletical landscape is always changing, but what many thought might be a fad is still being discussed in the seminaries and practiced in many a pulpit.

What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching? asks: What exactly is narrative preaching? What does it mean to be a narrative preacher? Is narrative preaching at odds with exposition? What are the biblical precedents for such an approach? What kinds of theology undergird narrative theory? What is the role of narrative preaching in a time of rampant biblical illiteracy? How does narrative preaching help to shape congregational life?
     

 
Preaching from Memory to HopePreaching from Memory to Hope
Thomas G. Long
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In this compelling and hard-hitting book, respected preacher and teacher Tom Long identifies and responds to what he sees as the most substantive theological forces and challenges facing preaching today. The issues, he says, are fourfold: the decline in the quality of narrative preaching and the need for its reinvigoration; the tendency of preachers to ignore God's action and presence in our midst; the return of the church's old nemesis, gnosticism-albeit in a milder form-evidenced in today's new "spirituality"; and the absence of eschatology in the pulpit.

Long once again has his finger on the pulse of American preaching, demonstrated by his creative responses to these challenges. Whether he is calling for theologically smarter and more ethically discerning preaching, providing a method of interpretation that will allow pastors to recover the emphasis on God in our midst, or encouraging a kind of "interfaith dialogue" with gnosticism, he demonstrates why he has long been considered one of the most thoughtful and intelligent preachers in America today.
     


 
Preaching John's Gospel: The World It ImaginesPreaching John's Gospel: The World It Imagines
David Fleer(Editor) & Dave Bland(Editor)
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This newest title from Fleer and Bland is again designed specifically for preachers. Combining essays from top scholars and sermons from respected homileticians, Preaching John's Gospel includes contributors from a wide variety of Mainline and Evangelical denominations who value the role of scripture in faith development and preaching.

Developed from the Rochester Sermon Seminar, the book is divided into two parts: The first includes essays on preaching the gospel of John, and is structured around the work of Gail O'Day's guiding essay "Preaching with John: Preaching as an Act of Friendship."

The second half of the book consists of ten sermons from specific texts that incorporate the theoretical underpinnings of the book's first section. The essays and sermons are bound together by the same question: How can we draw our congregations into the world John has imagined for us?
     

 
Preaching with Freshness, New EditionPreaching with Freshness, New Edition
Bruce Mawhinney
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Revitalize your preaching with this refreshingly different book on sermon preparation. Mawhinney has imbedded his message in a story of Pastor Paul Andrews, whose day-to-day dilemmas should ring a familiar refrain to those who live under the weekly pressure of sermon delivery. You'll be entertained while you're learning practical tips to make sermons lively and vital to your congregation.
     

 
Preaching on Your Feet: Connecting God and the Audience in the Preachable MomentPreaching on Your Feet: Connecting God and the Audience in the Preachable Moment
Fred R. Lybrand
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Rejuvenate your sermons with Lybrand's "in the moment" preaching method! As you learn to rely less on notes and more on the Holy Spirit's leading, you'll discover a style of delivery that brings joy to speaker and listener alike. Includes FAQs and more than 100 insightful quotes from well-known orators such as Spurgeon, Broadus, and Finney. 224 pages, softcover from B&H.
     

 
Jesus Christ: The Prince of Preachers: Learning from the Teaching Ministry of JesusJesus Christ: The Prince of Preachers: Learning from the Teaching Ministry of Jesus
Mike Abendroth
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Since preaching is God's ordained means of disseminating truth, it is vital that Bible teachers preach well and congregations to listen well. This study of Jesus Christ's preaching will assist both the preacher and the congregation in their quests to honor the Lord with their respective responsibilities in worship.

While there are many definitions and descriptions of preaching today, preaching like Jesus must be the unchanging standard for all who dare teach the Bible. Preaching fads come and go, yet the manner and method of the Lord's preaching is always relevant, right and worthy to be emulated.
     


 

 
So That All Might Know: Preaching That Engages the Whole CongregationSo That All Might Know: Preaching That Engages the Whole Congregation
Thomas H. Troeger, Edward Everdin
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Most preachers experience the conundrum of reaching some people in the congregation, and not others. Is this problem just a matter of some folks being "tuned in" to the gospel, while others aren't? Probably not, say Thomas H. Troeger and H. Edward Everding, Jr. Instead, it results from the diverse intelligences and learning styles represented throughout the congregation. A great deal of research in recent years has demonstrated that people receive and process information and communication in wildly different ways. Troeger and Everding use that research to show their readers how to craft the sermon to speak to each of those multiple learning styles each time they step into the pulpit.
     

 

 
The New Interpreter's Handbook of PreachingThe New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching
Edited by Paul Scott Wilson
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Strengthen your homiletic skills with this outstanding reference. Rooted in interdisciplinary scholarship and packed with practical suggestions, Wilson's useful handbook features articles on every facet of sermon preparation and delivery, as well as excerpts and informative sidebars. Topics range from historical preachers and exegesis to funeral and wedding sermons. An essential resource for pastors and teachers. 576 pages, hardcover from Abingdon.
     

 
Preaching and TheologyPreaching and Theology
James F. Kay
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James Kay offers a detailed historical and theological analysis of the theologies of preaching that have dominated Protestant thought. Spanning several theological movements-from the Reformation to Post-Liberalism-Preaching and Theology explores different theological points of view about preaching and covers theologies from Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr. and Hans Frei.

Kay contends that thinking critically and theologically is necessary for preaching to proceed with honesty, integrity, and faithfulness to the Christian message. Yet for many people, including many preachers, pastors, and professors, theology is itself a negative word. Kay weaves together preaching and theology as he reasons that a "frame of reference" is needed for a proper understanding of preaching as a Christian practice as well as for the vitality of academic or systematic theology.
     

 
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.
     

 

 
We Have Heard That God Is with You: Preaching the Old TestamentWe Have Heard That God Is with You: Preaching the Old Testament
Rein Bos
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A masterful introduction on how to relate Christian preaching to the Torah, prophets, and other OT writings. Offering an accessible hermeneutic for the 21st century, Bos provides numerous examples from American sermons to illustrate how his model can help pastors understand and convey the Jewish, Christological, ecclesiological, and eschatological sense of the Old Testament text. 384 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
     

 

 
Preaching the Gospel of Mark: Proclaiming the Power of GodPreaching the Gospel of Mark: Proclaiming the Power of God
Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm
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Bethany Seminary preaching professor Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm closely follows the text of Mark in this 3-part preaching commentary of the gospel of Mark. Paying particular attention to the theme of "power" in this gospel, Prof. Wilhelm provides ample ammunition for those who wish to exposit the gospel of Mark in the pulpit.
     

 
Preaching the Story That Shapes UsPreaching the Story That Shapes Us
Dan Boone
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Pastor and college president, Dan Boone, calls preachers to present a picture of the kingdom of God already at work among us, recognizing that the work of preaching is not just about arranging words - it's about people. He weaves together scripture, personal narrative, structure, and theological reflection to provide a guide to narrative preaching. He shows preachers how to awaken lives and share stories of God that reveal who we are and lead us to who we will be.
     

 
He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern WorldHe Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World
R. Albert Mohler Jr.
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Is contemporary preaching suffering from an infatuation with technology, a focus on felt needs, an absence of the gospel? Mohler thinks preaching has fallen on hard times! Join him as he examines the public exposition of the Bible and explains why the church can't survive without it. A commanding exhortation and an encouragement to pulpit ministers. 298 pages, hardcover from Moody.
     

 

 
Sharper Than a Two-Edged Sword: Preaching, Teaching, and Living the BibleSharper Than a Two-Edged Sword: Preaching, Teaching, and Living the Bible
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Ellen Davis, Richard Hays, Robert Jenson, Amy Plantinga Pauw, Thomas Briedenthal, and R.R. Reno contribute incisive pieces on how to make the Bible come alive for the contemporary community of faith. First presented at a conference for clergy and laity, these essays cut to the heart, urging and showing us how to become more faithful disciples. 120 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
     

 

 

 
A Guide to Preaching and Leading WorshipA Guide to Preaching and Leading Worship
William H. Willimon
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From a United Methodist bishop comes a wealth of hard-won wisdom and practical advice regarding some of the most fundamental tasks of ministry: preparing, delivering, and evaluating sermons; planning, leading, and assessing worship services; offering public prayers; and celebrating baptism and the Lord's Supper. A valuable resource for beginning ministers and seasoned veterans alike! 108 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.
     

 
So That All Might Know: Preaching That Engages the Whole CongregationSo That All Might Know: Preaching That Engages the Whole Congregation
Thomas H. Troeger, Edward Everdin
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Most preachers experience the conundrum of reaching some people in the congregation, and not others. Is this problem just a matter of some folks being "tuned in" to the gospel, while others aren't? Probably not, say Thomas H. Troeger and H. Edward Everding, Jr. Instead, it results from the diverse intelligences and learning styles represented throughout the congregation. A great deal of research in recent years has demonstrated that people receive and process information and communication in wildly different ways. Troeger and Everding use that research to show their readers how to craft the sermon to speak to each of those multiple learning styles each time they step into the pulpit.
     

 
Performance in Preaching: Bringing the Sermon to LifePerformance in Preaching: Bringing the Sermon to Life
Clayton J. Schmit, Jana Childers
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Performance in Preaching is the inaugural volume of the Engaging Worship series from Fuller Theological Seminary's Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Leading figures in the field of performance studies from major colleges and seminaries elaborate on and demonstrate creative ways to embody and enact the gospel.
     

 
Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for PreachingKnowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching
James R. Nieman

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While everyone might affirm that preaching needs to engage its listeners deeply, the initial move for novice preachers is to think this can be attained by livelier content and delivery of the sermon. All too quickly, however, one learns that there are many factors beyond what a preacher says and how she or he may say it that affect whether proclamation can actually be heard. Effective preaching requires the complex work of knowing the context in which preaching occurs, while avoiding the twin dangers of pandering to a situation's particulars or generalizing them into stereotypes. Knowing the Context reveals how to engage contexts for preaching, especially ways to examine contexts more responsibly, so that the sermon might more amply bring the word of Scripture to bear on the worlds and lives of listeners.

In one of the initial titles in the Elements of Preaching series, James Nieman shows how preaching is oriented to specific locales, cultural situations, audiences, and occasions. Unlike other books that tell preachers how to preach to specific audiences, Knowing the Context helps readers analyze the situations in which they find themselves and shows how text and context are in a continuing dialogue and how to tailor sermons to their context. Keyed to online sermon samples and other Web-based features to enhance teaching.
     


 

 
Teaching Preaching as a Christian Practice: A New Approach to Homiletic PedagogyTeaching Preaching as a Christian Practice: A New Approach to Homiletic Pedagogy
Thomas G. Long, Leonora Tubbs Tisdale
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Preaching's most able practitioners gather in this book to explore and explain the idea that preaching is a practice that can be taught and learned. Arguing that preaching is a living practice with a long tradition, an identifiable shape, and a broad set of norms and desired outcomes, these noted scholars propose that teachers initiate students into the larger practice of preaching, in ways somewhat like other students are initiated into the practice of medicine or law. The book concludes with designs for a basic preaching course and addresses the question of how preaching courses fit into the larger patterns of seminary curricula.
     

 
Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons That Connect with Our CulturePreaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons That Connect with Our Culture
Zach Eswine
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Are shifting global forces and a postmodern population making expository preaching passe? Certainly not---but make sure you're heard when you're sharing God's Word! Recognizing that different cultural situations require distinct approaches to proclaiming biblical truth, seminary professor Eswine offers you solid advice on staying faithful to your text while being flexible in your context.
     

 
The Moody Handbook of PreachingThe Moody Handbook of Preaching
Edited by John Koessler
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The call to preach should never be taken lightly---bring the weight of experience to your pulpit and invigorate your love for proclaiming God's Word! From philosophical foundations and treating different types of texts to crafting the sermon and delivering the message, this invaluable guide offers seasoned insights into all aspects of the homiletic task. 320 pages, hardcover.
     

 
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.
     

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Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and RelevanceInvitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance
Donald R. Sunukjian
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Simply stated, Talbot preaching professor, Don Sunukjian, defines the "biblical preacher" as someone who declares from the pulpit, "Look, at what God is saying..to us". By this he means: 1) that the true and exact meaning of the text must be explained, and 2) that it must be communicated in a way that is applicable to the listener here and now. Following this 2-part outline, Dr. Sunukjian guides the reader from text to finished sermon.

You will find a step-by-step guide to preparing and presenting a biblical message---from studying a passage with skill and integrity to delivering a sermon with persuasion, accuracy, passion, and relevance. His conversational style and use of illustrations to clarify concepts make the learning process memorable for beginners and mature ministers. 384 pages, hardcover from Kregel.
     


 
Christ-Centered Preaching, 2nd EditionChrist-Centered Preaching, 2nd Edition
Bryan Chapell
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Transform your sermon from a Sunday morning ritual into a life-changing event! Biblical, comprehensive, and practical, Chapell's updated guide provides a thorough examination of the preparation and delivery of exegetical messages; emphasizes keeping the redemptive nature of the text in focus; stresses the importance of citing applications; and offers tips on dress, acoustics, using references, and more. 400 pages, hardcover from Baker.
     


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