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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805446958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805446951
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. Kent Edwards (D.Min., Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary) is professor of Preaching and Leadership and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Talbot School of Theology, the seminary of Biola University in La Mirada, California.

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Kent Edwards (1958- ) was born in Toronto Canada. He pastored and church planted in Canada for 18 years before accepting Haddon Robinson's invitation to join him on the preaching faculty and direct the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2004, he joined the faculty of the Talbot School of Theology at BIOLA University where he serves as Professor of Preaching & Leadership and directs their Doctor of Ministry program.

Kent writes: My passion for preaching is reflected in the two books I have written. My first book, 'Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching,' reflects my conviction that the entire biblical text (its form as well as its words) need to be reflected in a sermon . . . if that sermon is to be considered truly biblical. The genre of the biblical text needs to impact the form of the sermon. My first book shows you how to do this with narrative literature.

My second book, 'Deep Preaching,' pushes the preacher beyond the 'techniques of preaching.' Great preaching . . . preaching that makes a lasting impact in lives and cultures . . . is not produced by clever formulas. It is produced by spiritually deep people who have allowed the Holy Spirit to give them profound insight into the passages they preach. Deep preachers are not spiritually or intellectually arrogant. Like Mary, they sit and learn at God's feet . . . and then tell others what they have heard from him.

In addition to my teaching responsibilities I pastor of a small church in the Los Angeles area, where I preach most weekends. I do this because I am passionate about God's church, about preaching God's word, and because I don't think anyone should teach (or write) about what they don't actually do!

I hope you share my passions. And I hope these books enrich your ministry!!!

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I heartily recommend this book.
Dave Rolph
He gives key points to expository preaching and even presents a systematic plan for praying through your sermon prep.
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Most have proven quite helpful in my preaching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Deep Preaching has been used several times by our church leaders to discover and employ the best available tools for teaching God's truth - to every level, from children to seniors! Kent Edwards has provided a way for leaders of all ages to develop clear, powerful, and profound messages for their listeners. Deep Preaching taught us how to dig deeply into God's Word to discover timeless truths to enrich lives and love for the Lord.

Deep Preaching not only provides the tools for preaching, but takes you on a life changing journey into the soul.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 15, 2009
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A bad sermon can do more harm than good. "Deep Preaching: Creating Sermons That the Go Beyond" is a guide for preachers who are not using he full power of the scripture in their sermons. Encouraging preachers to look deeper into the text to find true meaning and use it to structure a more concise and moving sermon. "Deep Preaching" is a must for anyone who doesn't want to waste a Sunday by spewing what's only hot air.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gilmore on September 12, 2013
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Kent Edwards' Deep Preaching mostly delivers as promised. I'll focus on three negatives before offering some positives.

Three drawbacks to the book are poor editing, a confusing presentation of fasting and a disdain for sytsematic theology I noted misspelled words in more than twenty places, many of which were so obvious that they took away from the experience of reading for comprehension. In a word, it was distracting. For example, in Appendix 2, Improving Perfection (Extended Metaphor) on p. 193, Edwards introduces us to Michele Oka Doner. However, several lines later she is called "Ms. Donner." Here's another found on p. 65: "God often presents. These may be nitpicky, but this happened throughout the book.

I also finished reading the section on fasting without getting a clear vision for his reasons for fasting. On p. 115 he states that Jesus fasted and "[h]is comments on fasting are frequently prefaced with 'when you fast' rather than 'if you fast.'" My issue was with the word "frequently" especially since the footnote refers to one passage: Matthew 6:16-17. Again, I mostly agreed with his argument, but I was also concerned with his wobbly stance on the implications for pastors who are NOT regularly making fasting a part of their sermon prep. To say that not fasting implies "that you are not experiencing real intimacy with God" is a bold statement that he does not back up very well. He then backs off a little in the next sentence to say that not fasting "may indicate our remoteness from God," which is a careful, nuanced way of saying it.

I love systematic theology. I love the synthesis of themes found throughout the Bible presented topically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Rolph on March 11, 2012
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This book will compel the reader to approach the task of preaching in a whole new way. Edwards provides the answer for breathing new life into preaching. He holds a high view of preaching, and a high view of the Word of God, and yet he approaches preaching from a very current and culturally aware perspective. This book will help a preacher get excited about preaching. But more than that, it will make a preacher get excited about preparing to preach. And this book isn't just a professional's guide to preaching. Anyone who teaches the Bible, in any context, can be aided by this book. And anyone who is frustrated with the preaching they are hearing can read this book and instantly see why most preaching fails, while a few preachers enjoy great success. I heartily recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Good Humor on April 21, 2011
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This is a great book and should be read by all pastors. Dr. Edwards carefully explains what's missing from most of our sermon preparation today- time with the Holy Spirit in prayer. He gives great advice on how to prepare a sermon, how to find the big idea of narratives, and what we should do once we are done with our study and are ready to write a sermon.
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By neal Pyle on November 7, 2013
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This book if practiced will help anyone's ministry who wants to feed the fllock ,me being a new preacher myself wAs amazed at the wealth of information that can benefit preachers in their ministry, I will definitely spend more time in the prayer closet when preparing for sermons, and the pointers he gives for studying scripture could prove to be the most valuable resource for sermon preparation, loved this book
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