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It's All in How You Tell It: Preaching First-Person Expository Messages
Baker Books / 2003 / Paperback
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Building upon the foundation of his "Big Idea" preaching philosophy, Haddon and his son Torrey Robinson teach us how to move beyond explaining biblical stories to our congregation by preaching from the perspective of one of the actual players in the biblical narrative. This work is the most readable and practical introduction to first-person narrative preaching that is currently available. This book is best read in conjunction with Haddon's seminal work, Biblical Preaching.
Pastors are continually looking for resources to make their preaching more powerful and culturally relevant. Old-school models based on three-point outlines do not resonate with today's churchgoers, who are accustomed to media-driven modes of expression.
It's All in How You Tell It provides the tools and insights necessary to help both veteran and novice preachers move from ineffective habits into adrenaline-pumping, dramatic sermon delivery. They will learn to preach by retelling a scriptural account from the vantage point of a biblical character-combining the power of drama with God's Word. Nationally known preaching expert Haddon W. Robinson and his son, Torrey, examine issues such as exegeting a text for a first-person approach, structuring a narrative sermon, determining how to portray biblical characters, and staging and delivering the sermon itself.
With this book seminary and Bible college students have the opportunity to build foundations for engaging, story-filled preaching ministries. The end result will be more preachers who "love to tell the story" and more church members who are hungry to hear it.
Torrey W. Robinson, D.Min., has pastored churches in Wisconsin and New Jersey and is currently the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Tarrytown, New York.
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