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The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today's Communicators [Kindle Edition]

Haddon Robinson , Craig Brian Larson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators
This extensive encyclopedia is the most complete
and practical work ever published on the art and
craft of biblical preaching. The 11 major sections
contain almost 200 articles, which cover every possible
preaching topic, including changing lives, sermon
structure, “the big idea,” introductions,
outlining, transitions, conclusions, passionate delivery,
application, leveraging illustrations, telling stories,
preaching narrative texts, topical preaching,
expository preaching, evangelistic preaching,
preaching to postmoderns, using humor, speaking
with authority, and many others. Entries are characterized
by intensely practical and vivid writing
designed to help preachers deepen their understanding
and sharpen their communication skills.
The contributors include a virtual Who’s Who of
preaching from a cross section of denominations and
traditions, such as John Ortberg, Rick Warren,
Warren Wiersbe, Alice Mathews, John Piper, Andy
Stanley, and many others. Haddon Robinson and
Craig Brian Larson—two of today’s most
respected voices in preaching—provide editorial oversight.


Editorial Reviews

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'Packed with useful tools that span a wide array of homiletical issues...a tremendous value to preachers seeking to be effective communicators....Pastors will appreciate the many practical ideas, and cautions, offered by the contributors....Preachers of all ages should hear Chuck Swindoll's wisdom in his chapter Simplify....One of the first volumes a pastor should receive when beginning in ministry. With its brief chapters, the book can be utilized as a chapter-a-day continuing education resource.' (Leadership journal)

From the Back Cover

A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators This extensive encyclopedia is the most complete and practical work ever published on the art and craft of biblical preaching. The 11 major sections contain almost 200 articles, which cover every possible preaching topic, including changing lives, sermon structure, "the big idea," introductions, outlining, transitions, conclusions, passionate delivery, application, leveraging illustrations, telling stories, preaching narrative texts, topical preaching, expository preaching, evangelistic preaching, preaching to postmoderns, using humor, speaking with authority, and many others. Entries are characterized by intensely practical and vivid writing designed to help preachers deepen their understanding and sharpen their communication skills. The contributors include a virtual Who’s Who of preaching from a cross section of denominations and traditions, such as John Ortberg, Rick Warren, Warren Wiersbe, Alice Mathews, John Piper, Andy Stanley, and many others. Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larson—two of today’s most respected voices in preaching—provide editorial oversight.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3034 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Har/Com edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SESGM2
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best preaching book out there, bar none! August 21, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I recently received a copy of The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today's Communicators, and have been browsing through it from time to time. Whether you're a full- or part-time preacher or even if you spend any time at all speaking in front of others as a Christian attempting to bring others to a better understanding of the Bible, or to bring them to a point of decision, you need this book on your shelf. It is the finest compendium of useful preaching/exhortation articles I have ever seen.

I've only just started to browse through this tome, but every article I've glanced at or read has excited me, filled me with ideas on how to improve my preaching and prep-time, and given me already useful techniques to make my delivery more effective. Many of the articles were repurposed from timeless Leaderhip journal articles, some were culled from the Preaching Today website's "Skill Builder" articles, but there are a ton of new articles written fresh just for this project.

About the two editors: Haddon Robinson is considered by many to be one of the finest preachers alive today. I've always enjoyed the interviews and teaching I've heard from Robinson, and he has a clear, fatherly style of teaching. The blurb from Preaching Today Audio says, about him:

"Dr. Robinson has been named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. His text, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, is used in more than 100 seminaries and Bible colleges in North America. He is also host of Discover the Word which airs on 400 radio stations across the world."

Craig Brian Larson is pastor of Lake Shore Church (Assembly of God) in downtown Chicago, and is the managing editor of Preaching Today.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive Perspective November 8, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is a thoroughly exhaustive resource in the toolbag of the pastor. The multitude of author's writing on a variety of topics from one end of the field of homiletics to another adds a fresh view to bringing a Holy Word for God to affect the "Fallen Human Condition."

The reviewer had to read the book for a seminary preaching class. It was somewhat tedious reading this long book cover to cover. This is expected when there is such a vast number of author writing, but this cross-over isn't necessarily bad. It does give weight to techniques that are shown to be pragmatic. None of the authors are claiming that "their-way-is-the-best." They are merely showing what's worked for them and what is tried and true. They are passing their perspective on...because everyone has something to learn.

So from the lay minister to the scholar, this is a worthy resource to be in your homiletical arsenal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Preachers Should Have This! April 23, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm getting my Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching, and so I've read lots of books about giving sermons through the years. This is one of the best. Dozens of scholars have written articles divided up into different categories (style, delivery, preparation, application, illustration, introductions, conclusions). Timothy Warren has several articles defending the topical expository sermon. He is strongly committed to expository preaching, but he doesn't necessarily feel that this always has to be from just one passage per Sunday.

Haddon Robinson has a convicting article warning about plagiarism, and he also has a great article about planning your sermons ahead of time.

Rick Warren has a good article about purpose driven titles for your sermons. The title should clearly communicate what the message is about without giving too much away.

John Ortberg discusses the use of illustrations, and there are also articles about outlining and discovering the main point of the scripture passage you are preaching on (frequently referred to as "The Big Idea").

Don Sunukjian has some contributions to the book, and one article warns about using too much alliteration, which is often the result of the preacher forcing his outline on the text.

You could read this book straight through, or you could pick out the articles that interest you at that moment in time. Many of these articles were first made available only to those who had an online membership to a certain website. But now these sterling pieces have been compiled into this thick volume. The book also comes with an mp3 cd. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class February 8, 2008
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This is an A-1, first class book. Very inspiring and worth every bit you pay for it. We need better preachers and this book will for sure help you be one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching June 11, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I think this book is a great resource for every pastor to get back to the basics of crafting their messages in a way that is faithful to the scriptures, applicable to the hearers and glorifying to God.

The various preaching styles from a plethora of today's communicators is a plus. It gives the reader insight and understanding as well as latitude to work within a framework that fits the preacher's personal style -- only more poignant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and a well of resources September 20, 2008
By Y. Lau
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my Homiletics class and found it to be very comprehensive and full of ideas. As preaching is more of an 'Art' as the title suggests, the diversity of inputs is greatly appreciated and is invaluable to finding a style that suits me and also to learn from where others have found success. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great articles from many different preachers. Excellent resource for "how to" and "why" of preaching.
Published 28 days ago by Fern E Woodruff
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great book!
Published 1 month ago by Ed Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice and instruction on every chapter I've read thus ...
Excellent advice and instruction on every chapter I've read thus far. It amazes myself. I definitely recommend this book to all aspiring preachers and teachers of the gospel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Marquez
5.0 out of 5 stars A great source
I have found this book to be very informative, a source of great encouragement, as well as very inspiring.
Published 3 months ago by Robert C. Dart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's a helpful reswource for sermon preparation
Published 3 months ago by Hal Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars ... as a textbook in my preaching class but I enjoy reading and re...
I use this as a textbook in my preaching class but I enjoy reading and re reading - best compressive textbook on oreaching
Published 3 months ago by T. White
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching
Thought provoking information
Published 5 months ago by Albert Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A Resource That Practical And Valuable .
Published 7 months ago by Leon T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
purchased for my grandson who is a youth leader
Published 8 months ago by Linda Stoelting
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
It was required reading for my son's college class. A book he'll enjoy reusing and store in his personal library.
Published 13 months ago by Joyce Lambeth
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