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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780805446685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805446685
  • ASIN: 0805446680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel L. Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Bill Curtis is pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina.

Stephen Rummage is senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lonas on June 10, 2011
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The central job of any pastor is the faithful study and preaching of the Word of God, and there is no more powerful preaching than exposition--allowing the text of Scripture to define and steer the message. Many pastors, however, are reticent to take up expositional preaching for fear that difficult passages will offend their congregations. Others struggle to properly interpret the Word, and stick instead to topical sermons that impose a theme on Scripture rather than being informed by it.

In Engaging Exposition, the authors want to drive every pastor into expositional preaching as their primary model for sermons. Though the book is structured as a textbook (ideal for preaching students), it reads like an impassioned plea for pastors of all ages and experience levels to get Scripture right. As Bill Curtis writes early in the first chapter, ""The failure to keep any sermon closely anchored to a text will ultimately result in hindering the text from accomplishing its intended purpose in the lives of the listeners."

The book is divided into three sections: Discovery (hermeneutics), Development (homiletics), and Delivery (rhetoric). The three authors each tackle one sphere of the expositional process. Each brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to bear on their subject, concisely yet thoroughly touching on the key elements of each that a pastor must take to heart.

Curtis opens the book by discussing hermeneutics, giving a historical overview of how standard interpretive techniques have come about and urging pastors to spend the bulk of their energy on this phase of preaching. He focuses on the importance of uncovering the author's intended meaning, and walks readers through the differing literary styles and linguistic issues of the Bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Life Long Reader on October 6, 2012
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The call to preach the Word of God is the highest calling of the pastor. For centuries preachers have recognized that it is not enough just to open ones Bible and speak your mind on a passage and call it preaching. When opening up the pages of Scripture we recognize that there is a way of interpreting, developing a sermon and delivering it that is most faithful to the text. Some might call this package expository preaching. Most books on preaching only focus on one or two of these parts. What is needed is a comprehensive book that presents the material in a way as to show how they all work together.

With the goal in mind to bring together hermeneutics, homiletics and delivery under the same roof Daniel Akin, Bill Curtis and Stephen Rummage have written Engaging Exposition. This book seeks to lay out a methodological strategy for hermeneutics and homiletics to work in harmony. Hermeneutics is done in the service of homiletics and homiletics is dependent upon good hermeneutics while both are packaged in good delivery.
The entire book is centered on developing the main idea of the text (MIT) hermeneutically and homiletically while following up with some tips on good delivery. Bill Curtis writes the section on hermeneutics, Danny Akin on homiletics and Stephen Rummage on delivery. The intended relationship between hermeneutics and homiletics that the authors wish to convey is succinctly summed up in these words by Curtis

"The study of a text is incomplete if it fails to assess its significance for today's listeners. However, attempting to discover the significance of a text, without first gaining a thorough understanding of the author's intended meaning, will be equally incomplete." (p. 13)

The first section of the book deals with hermeneutics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Z. on September 26, 2011
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After a close read of the first five chapters and several pages of notes. I find this work to be informative and interesting. If you are concerned about keeping your sermon close to the original intent of the Scripture, this work will give valuable insight. We are seeing a time in America when the church and the average "self-described" Christian's life lacks power and attraction. Surely, some of the burden lies on the shoulders of those that stand in the pulpit Sunday after Sunday and deliver a message without authority or compelling delivery. Engaging Exposition will give you valuable assistance in looking for the clues, crafting the message, and delivering it with power and grace.Engaging Exposition
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The well-known professor of preaching, Haddon Robinson, has famously asked why some can preach for and hour and it feels like five minutes where others preach for five minutes and it feels like an hour? What sets good preaching apart from bad preaching? Akin, Curtis and Rummage have set out to answer that question and to provide a method of exposition that draws people into the Word. Engaging Exposition is a three-part text that explores each aspect of preaching in depth.

First, Bill Curtis begins the book with his part that focuses on hermeneutics. He provides an overview of the subject and moves to the practical aspects of the discipline. Curtis covers the basics tenets of the hermeneutics before moving onto considering other aspects. He devotes two chapters to the importance of genre in hermeneutics. Both Poetry and Prose are different genres and so they must be treated differently. Finally, he ends his contribution with a chapter that discusses how the preacher moves from the exegetical data to developing the Main idea.

Daniel Akin takes over in the second part of the book. Akin focuses on the homiletical. Once the data has been gathered through faithful hermeneutics, the preacher must know what to do with the information if he is going to present it in a way that is both faithful and engaging. Akin discusses every component of the sermon from introductions and conclusions to illustrations and invitations. He leaves no stone unturned and provides a comprehensive explanation of sermon development.

Finally, part three is contributed by Stephen Rummage who discusses communication and it's relationship to preaching. A sermon is meant to be preached. Faithful Exegesis will make for a good commentary, but unless it is delivered well, it doesn't make a good sermon.
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