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Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages Hardcover – June 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801022622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801022623
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Still the preaching primer of choice! No book offers a better walk-through of the process for preparing and delivering expository sermons."-Preaching

"Robinson's sermonic method is remarkably complete. . . . The exercises at chapter ends should prove helpful to homiletical teachers as well as those who would like to refresh themselves in the basics. Biblical Preaching will be a welcome addition to many pastors' libraries."-Christianity Today

"If there is one unique quality of this book that surpasses all the rest, it is that Robinson knows how to think along with God, and he knows how to teach others to do the same. . . . He has a way of nailing his ideas right onto your heart."-Leadership

"Biblical Preaching balances the practical how-to with sound homiletical theory. Ten sermon preparation stages surface that are content-oriented and follow the process of sermon-making from start to finish. . . . Robinson's analogies and picturesque language, sprinkled with intelligent humor, produce a painless learning experience."-Moody Monthly

"Its continued acceptance by a broad audience . . . gives evidence of its potential contribution to students and seasoned preachers."-The Seminary Review

Haddon W. Robinson (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously, he was president and professor of homiletics at Denver Seminary after teaching homiletics at Dallas Theological Seminary for nineteen years.

About the Author

Haddon W. Robinson (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously, he was president and professor of homiletics at Denver Seminary and taught homiletics at Dallas Theological Seminary for nineteen years.

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Haddon W. Robinson (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously, he was president and professor of homiletics at Denver Seminary and taught homiletics at Dallas Theological Seminary for nineteen years.

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This book got me in the right direction.
Christopher C. Garcia
Most of the book is devoted to developing Robinson's ten-step approach toward expository sermon development.
Brian Prucey
In my opinion, This book is easy to read.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Brian Prucey on March 21, 2006
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Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academics, 2001.

Summary of Purpose

Robinson's first edition of Biblical Preaching (Baker, 1980) stands as one of the seminal volumes on the subject. This second edition revised and updated that earlier work. Robinson began by lamenting the paucity of true expository preaching and defined what constitutes authentic expository preaching. "Expository preaching is the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical and literary study of a passage in its context which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through him to his hearers" (20). Most of the book is devoted to developing Robinson's ten-step approach toward expository sermon development. The final chapters address the mechanics of sermon delivery.

Robinson declared that many so-called expository sermons are neither expository nor sermons. His thesis contends that authentic expository sermons must focus on presenting the "big idea" of a specific biblical passage. True expository sermons must draw their subjects from the main idea of the text itself. The preacher must state the big idea in terms of a subject and a complement. The main points of the sermon serve to develop and support that subject as limited by the complement. He insisted that preachers do not deliver sermons; they deliver messages from God as revealed in the Scriptures. The message must first be true to the text, accurately exegeted, interpreted in light of the modern culture, and delivered with passion and persuasiveness. The book is replete with examples, illustrations, and practical advise from a trusted sage.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was required to read this book for a seminary class and thoroughly enjoyed the title! While geared towards preachers, Sunday School teachers can also benefit.
Robinson covers information such as:
1. Selecting and studying the Bible passage.
2. Determining the sermon's/lesson's purpose.
3. Outlining the sermon or lesson.
4. Making the sermon and lesson come alive for your listeners.
5. How to preach and teach so people will listen.
6. Preparing the introduction and conclusion.
7. Making powerful points or asking good questions to provoke thought.
Read the book and be encouraged to be better prepared for that next sermon or lesson!
Highly recommended!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By theologicalresearcher on June 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you're a novice pastor or preacher and you're lost on how to formulate and deliver a sermon this book is the best place to start. Robinson's book is not only organized, practical, scholarly, and easy to understand it is also passionate about the subject matter at hand. Robinson gives good and effective pointers on how to formulate sermons, do exegesis, and to speak behind the pulpit (or capturing the congregation's attention). Another good aspect about the book is that it is written from an explicitly evangelical perspective. In a time when evangelical preaching is going down the tubes this book is a great guide on how to biblically preach to a congregation and remain faithful to God's word. This book must be in every pastor's library.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hudnall on July 13, 2002
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In "Biblical Preaching," master preacher, Haddon Robinson, takes his readers through ten stages in the development of expository messages. These stages include: selecting and studying the passage, discovering and analyzing the exegetical idea, formulating the homiletical idea, determining the sermon's purpose, deciding how to accomplish this purpose, outlining the message, filling in the sermon outline, and preparing the introduction and conclusion. Robinson's ten-stage process is filled with valuable information and pithy insights. "Biblical Preaching" is a concise but fairly comprehensive guide to preparing an effective message from start to finish. The book provides an opportunity to learn from one of the great expositors of our time. For a more thorough study of the art and science of expository preaching I recommend "Power in the Pulpit" by Jerry Vines. In my mind, these are the two best expository preaching books I've had the pleasure of reading.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Kellemen on April 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
No ministry text in seminary made a more profound impact on my pastoral ministry than Haddon Robinson's "Biblical Preaching." When I heard it had been revised, I couldn't imagine that it could have been improved. I was wrong. It is even better.

It retains all the features which made it so valuable--a passion for God's Word, a love for the person in the pulpit and the people in the pew, a systematic approach to biblical preaching, an emphasis on relating truth to life, and a compelling writing style. It adds features which make it even more valuable--updated illustrations, expanded sections (especially helpful is the expanded chapter on narrative preaching), and suggested reading.

Not only is the book better, the times are worse. Biblical preaching that relates truth to life is more needful now than ever. Far too many pulpits are overreacting or "mis-reacting" to post-modernism and Generation X. Preachers mistakenly assume that the spirit of the age requires questioning, not answering. In truth, post-modern Gen Xers want answers--real answers for real people with real questions. "Biblical Preaching" shows us how to get the job done.

Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen, author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction" and "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
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